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Old 04-19-2009, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which is BEST - i7 @ 2.66 OR quad @ 3.0 ?

Hello I'm looking at the current range of power PCs and for roughly the same price I can get

1.Quad Q9650 @ 3.0 Ghz with 8GB (1066mhz) ram
2. i7 920 @ 2.66 Ghz with 6GB (1600mhz) ram

Which processor is most powerful or the two?
And which processor + ram is most powerful?

Thanks in advance!
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i7. Not to mention more future proof with ddr3 ram in triple channel.
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most definitely the i7.

but you shouldn't be buying a prebuilt pc any ways. build it your self
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I7 build will be faster - Ram quanities above 4gb won't be utilised unless your using it for media editting or specialist industrial industrial programs.

I reiterate build your own its really simple we have told 12 year olds how to do it, Its near impossible to screw up provided you have an ounce of common sense and dont start using a hammer to push plugs into sockets they obviously don't fit.
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i7 is very future-proof. With new CPU's coming out, you'll have a motherboard ready for the upgrades.
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Don't get an i7 pre-built thought. If it's cheap they might be using dodge ram and motherboards.
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Not to mention sketchy power supplies.
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provided you have an ounce of common sense and dont start using a hammer to push plugs into sockets they obviously don't fit.
or using scissors to cut your new GFX card to fit ^_^


but like the others have said, i7 for sure....this i7 i'm running now is whooping my old quad OC'd to 3.5ghz

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Thanks guys great advice!!
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i7 is very future-proof. With new CPU's coming out, you'll have a motherboard ready for the upgrades.
i7 is actually not futureproof in the sense more chips won't be mad for socket 1336. i5 will be coming out and so will a new chipset from intel.
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