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    Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    I want to upgrade my CPU to Intel Core i7 2600K, what the following hardware do I need?

    I do a lot of video encoding, web browsing and web development mostly.

    My budget is tight, £300 to £400.

    do I need replace motherboard and CPU?

    I would like to buy from Scan only.

    Current spec of my PC:
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    Last edited by Ice_Black; 21-05-2011 at 03:40 PM.

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Is your install of Win7 OEM? If so you'll be needing another license. I'd imagine you'll be needing to replace your RAM with DDR3 too.

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Is there a particular reason you want the K version of the chip? You might be best served going for an H67 motherboard and using quick-sync for the encoding, while the onchip graphics should still be enough for your work.

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Quote Originally Posted by Splash View Post
    Is your install of Win7 OEM? If so you'll be needing another license. I'd imagine you'll be needing to replace your RAM with DDR3 too.
    Win7 is not OEM Proper full licence.

    so I need new Ram and Motherboard only?

    Which one do you recommend?

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Is there a particular reason you want the K version of the chip? You might be best served going for an H67 motherboard and using quick-sync for the encoding, while the onchip graphics should still be enough for your work.
    Erm... What is the difference without K version? I didn't realise where is without K

    Referring to this one? http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...plus-free-game

    Im really behind with CPU technology..

    I don't play Game at all.

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Which H67 motherboard do you recommend?

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    The non-k editions have very limited overclocking, as do the H boards.
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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPUs to be released next month. I suggest waiting just with the ambition of the CPU price wars assuming the raw performance may not be all that great for your tasks.

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Hmmm yeh I might as well wait for AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPUs

    Hope it will be cheaper than Intel Core i7 and faster??

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice_Black View Post
    Hmmm yeh I might as well wait for AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPUs

    Hope it will be cheaper than Intel Core i7 and faster??
    What PSU do you have BTW??

    Your motherboard can run a Phenom II X6:

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...s/M3A78T/#CPUS

    You can get a Phenom II X6 1090T for £126:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-p...he-125w-retail


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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    What PSU do you have BTW??

    Your motherboard can run a Phenom II X6:

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...s/M3A78T/#CPUS

    You can get a Phenom II X6 1090T for £126:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-p...he-125w-retail
    I had a look at the CPU comparison

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=146

    It is not much difference, so there is point getting that..

    I think I will wait for AMD 8-core Bulldozer

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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice_Black View Post
    I had a look at the CPU comparison

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=146

    It is not much difference, so there is point getting that..

    I think I will wait for AMD 8-core Bulldozer
    Your 945 is clocked nearly 10% lower than a 955BE though.

    This would make a 1090T between 10% to 60% faster than a 945.

    A Core i7 2600 is only around 10% to 30% faster than a Phenom II X6 1090T in video encoding:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=146

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i...600k-review/15

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...5_2500K/7.html

    A four module Bulldozer will probably do even better IMHO although ATM performance in more lightly threaded tasks is not well known. However,Turbo Core is meant to more aggressive.
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    Re: Help me what hardware do I need? (Upgrading)

    Quote Originally Posted by CooperXS View Post
    AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPUs to be released next month. I suggest waiting just with the ambition of the CPU price wars assuming the raw performance may not be all that great for your tasks.
    Sounds like the best idea, assuming you're not in a rush. I'm holding off a build until the release too.
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