The CPU for Dream Computer 2011

November 24, 2010

Last week, we talked about motherboards for Dream Computer 2011. Now it is time to put a brain in those motherboards.We identified three levels of motherboards for three different processor types. Thus, I’ll choose different processors based on the motherboards selected. You’ll have to decide what level of power and what cost best meets your needs.

For those who choose a motherboard for Intel LGA1366 chips, I think your best bet is the Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz processor. It is heavily discounted right now and sells for less than $295 at Amazon.

Another good choice will save you about $15 and that is the Intel Core i7 870 2.93 GHz processor but you sacrifice a little speed and some features. It is the best choice for those who choose an LGA1156 motherboard. Since it uses a different motherboard, that could save you a bit more.

If you go with the AMD based motherboard, look for the AMD Phenom II X6 1075T processor. It sells for just under $200 on Amazon. For those on a budget, the AMD choice costs less. My personal feeling is that the extra power in the Intel processors warrant spending a bit more money.

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