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CPU/Platform recommendations for a new system

hungluu00 434 144 August 5, 2015 at 01:12 PM
It will be used for web web browsing, 4K video viewing (via IGP), some VMWare virtual machines, programming (SQL,Hadoop,Spark...). There will be zero gaming.

I currently have
- 16GB of DDR3
- Asus asus z97i-plus (bought for $100, still can return).

I want to use this system for a while so I'm leaning toward an I7 CPU.
My question is should I go with Xeon E3 1246 v3, or I7-4790K, or the new Skylake 6700K.


If I get I7-4790K, would $300 (no tax) is a good price now?

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The release date for Skylake processor is August 18th. Need to wait information for that.
fyi, the release date might be rumored too...dont know.

And, please be aware!!!
Skylake requires Z170 Motherboard.
16GB DDR3 might not work with Z170 Chipset motherboard. The requirement is DDR3L or DDR4 from many news source. That DDR3L requires you to wait for the motherboard. If you notice MSI Z170 Motherboard [msi.com] DOES NOT support DDR3L yet, and might not ever. The spec for all other Z170 motherboards show the same thing.
So you might have to buy new motherboard and new RAM

IF you just want to use for 4k video, i7-4790K is fine. But, I would recommend waiting to see if the price of i7-4790k will drop around the end of august. Depend on how urgent.

--- Correction---
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/...id=5488#ov
Z170 do support DDR3
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Last edited by xxtanisxx August 6, 2015 at 04:55 PM
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Unless you plan on using ECC memory, I don't see much advantage of going with a Xeon. It doesn't seem like you're doing much that would require ECC.

Both the 6700k and the 4790k have all the virtualization support you need, so in terms of what you want to do either would be fine. Make sure your motherboard supports all the vt extensions though. The z97 technically supports it but actual support is a little spotty because few consumers look for it.

The initial benchmarks of skylake look pretty good. It's not a gaming chip, but it does well on computation benchmarks. I'm not sure if I'd pay a premium for it though, particularly since you've already got part of an i7 setup.
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Unless you plan on using ECC memory, I don't see much advantage of going with a Xeon. It doesn't seem like you're doing much that would require ECC.
The reason to consider the Xeon is because E3-1246 v3 has slightly better performance than the i7-4770 but is $35 cheaper. There's really no reason not to get the Xeon as long as your motherboard supports it if you're considering the i7-4770.
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skylark is out today so other cpu prices should drop

http://www.techspot.com/review/10...k-skylake/
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I would look at the ?i7-5820k?, cheaper then the 6700k and has 6cores vs skylines 4 which should help for vms..
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I am in somewhat of a similar position and looking to upgrade. I have 12gb of DDR3 it would be nice to reuse so I was waiting for Skylake. However as someone said most mainstream motherboards are not supporting it even though the chip does. The video I was watching yesterday expected DDR3 to only be used in the low end stuff tablet versions of the chip. They said this was the starting point for mainstream DDR4. I am waiting a bit more, not in a huge rush to upgrade. I want to see how skylake goes, more reviews etc. I don't expect current gen parts to go down in price much. I don't see a reason for you to go Xenon For what your saying an i7 will be great and save money all around.

As for prices, check if you have a microcenter around. They have great in store CPU Prices, typically beating anywhere online by about $100 before tax.
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Going I7-4790K seems more cost-effective as I already have the ram and the motherboard for cheap. If you look at the cpu only then i7-6700K is better as the price is the same. I guess I will depend on how much the new motherboard (mini-itx) will be and how long it will have to wait for the new CPU + motherboard to be available.
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I was wrong. They do support DDR3 apparently unless there is a mistake from Gigabyte.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/...id=5488#sp

Nop, not a mistake
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