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Should I go for a Sandy Bridge- or Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 processor?

Question by Andrea from Canada | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Aug 9, 2012 at 2:16 am CDT

So I am building my first PC, and I was planning on going for the i7 2600k, but with the new ivy bridge, a lot of my friends who have already built their PCs had advised me to go for the i7 3770k. I understand Ivy Bridge is updated and supposed to be better, yet I am also aware of the heat problems, especially when OCing (I don't plan on OCing so far, probably no higher than 4.0). So, if I have an aftermarket HSF, the Noctua NH-D14 specifically, will I still be experiencing heat problems? Should I just go for the Sandy Bridge?

Do I need a motherboard with dual x16, or dual x8 PCIe slots for SLI GeForce GTX 560's?

Question by Severus from Romania | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Jul 18, 2012 at 1:45 am CDT

Hello Tweakers,

I am building a new desktop pc wich will have a 2 way SLI setup on it, and was wandering about if it is worth getting a mobo that can run these two cards at x16 both or just x8 both. I am casual gamer and wanted to know if it will make much difference in gaming if the cards run at x16 or x8. The cards are at moment Msi's gtx 560 ti 2gb.

Thank you for your time, cheers!