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Which would make a greater difference? Extra CPU or RAM?

In almost any case, with a proper, modern compiler, compilation speed will increase near linearly with the number of hardware threads on your system. In the case of Microsoft compilers, even running ...
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Should I find a processor with "hyper-threading?"

What exactly is hyper-threading? This is a process where your processor simulates another processor core, allowing better multithreading/etc. For example, a dual core machine with hyperthreading ...
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CPU recommendation: Programming + Gaming

I know that everybody will recommend Intel, except me. However, sometimes Intel is not the best. The price/performance of an i5 6400 vs AMD FX-8350 (I'd recommend looking into the FX-8320E as well, ...
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Which modern CPU for best single-threaded performance?

Any overclockable Intel CPU, if you're willing, or the i7 4790K ($317.99@SuperBiiz) if you're not. Don't just look at clock speed. AMD's FX 9590 has a 5 GHz boost speed, but is slower than Intel's ...
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Which of these two PC builds would offer better performance?

The i7 5820K would be much faster than the i7 6700K. None of the programs you will use will benefit from an i7 5820K or even an i7 6700K for that matter. An i5 6600K will be enough for what you are ...
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LGA 2011 vs. AM3+

I would actually not recommend either of the platforms that you had in mind, and go with the LGA 1151 Skylake Processors. These require DDR4 RAM and are the newest CPUs that Intel has released. For ...
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What advantages do either of the G50 and Z50 have over one another?

Note that I don't have personal experience with either laptop, but I do have experience with the kinds of information you're using to make your decision. I would definitely go with the Z50 here. To ...
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Which modern CPU for best single-threaded performance?

I have two i7-4790 (3.6GHz) Intel processors. One is in a machine I use only for gaming and the other is in my development machine. Using the link that ArtOfCode provided, this processor currently (...
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CPU recommendation: Programming + Gaming

I'd recommend Intel, they're really reliable, have low power consumption and future-proof if you're into keeping your rig for more than 3-4 years. AMD has a good performance/price ratio, but are more ...
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Which processor has a better performance the fx series or the ryzen series?

TL;DR: Ryzen, unless you plan on never, ever touching this computer after building it. Let's take a quick look at the advantages/disadvantages: Ryzen | FX –––––––––––––––...
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Which of these two PC builds would offer better performance?

Looking over the specs of the 5820K versus the 6700K, notable differences are: Larger cache (15MB vs 8MB) More cores and threads Higher memory bandwidth All of these would probably be of benefit ...
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Which Intel CPU? 3.3GHz x 6 or 4GHz x 4

This could help you find your answer. As you can see for photo editing the 6700k is pretty good but not the best As you can see here, the 5960x does beat it quite often then not but it's also 3 ...
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which intel skylake cpu will give me longest battery life ? m3, m5 or m7?

Honestly it won't make much of a difference. While they are clocked differently, all of the core M chips (and indeed, all modern CPUs) are designed to throttle down when not in use. The exact ...
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Help updating PC for gaming

The i3-2120 is likely to be a bottleneck to the system if you were to only upgrade your graphics card to a GTX 970. The i3-2120 is only a dual-core CPU (with 4 threads), while the i5-3470 is quad-core;...
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Should I find a processor with "hyper-threading?"

What is hyper-threading and how does it work? does a good job at explaining what hyper-threading is: Hyper-threading is where your processor pretends to have 2 physical processor cores, yet only ...
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Upgrade path to raise performance in games

I'm currently doing 4k gaming - a 980TI is probably the most sensible option - its 90% of the performance of this generation's titan at 75% of the cost stock but I'd wait for the next generation if ...
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Choosing CPU for general use

Of the three notebook options you've provided, I'd personally go with i3 5005u. Using cpuboss.com, it is clear that the i3 has significantly better single core and multi-core performance than the ...
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What CPU should I get for general office use, under 100$

I suggest the AMD A8-7600 for maximum lifespan. I've built a few systems with this APU by now, so I can be fairly confident in recommending it. It offers a good mix of single core, multicore, and GPU ...
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Does this CPU fit with the GPU?

Apparently this CPU is a bad combination with my GPU; I have been told that they will not work together. That CPU and GPU will work together just fine. GPU's are designed to be compatible with most ...
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CPU Upgrade Recommendations Thinkpad T480

The Ball Grid Array used in the Core i5-8350U CPU of the Thinkpad T480 is factory-soldered, and I would not even try to remove it to upgrade the CPU for any one of three choices: 1) Unsoldering and ...
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What's a good PC config based on an AM3 motherboard that won't be bottlenecked?

After seeing @Alpha3031's comment, I checked the Gigabyte site. v3.1 of the board is AM3+, v1.3 is AM3 with this additional note: If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus ...
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What's a good budget CPU for use in a home server?

Plex suggests a passmark score of >2000, and suggests a core2duo at 2.4ghz as a minimum for a single 1080P stream. I initially looked at the modern 'atom' architecture celerons but they're a bit too ...
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Recommendation for processors specialized for rendering and encoding

GPU is usually faster, but I cannot find GPU benchmarks for Handbrake, so I'll recommend a CPU. Keep in mind that using the CPU I recommend, you need a new motherboard. I'd recommend an AMD FX-8320E. ...
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CPU recommendation for new casual gaming setup

When it comes to gaming CPU recommendations, take a look at Tom's Hardware's Best CPUs for the Money which provides well-founded recommendations for all price ranges. In your case, the Core i5-6500 is ...
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Best value AMD CPU for under $70

The best available CPU at ~70$ U.S. is the AMD Athlon X4 860K. It is an FM2+ socket Kaveri chip with for compute cores. It is clocked at 3.7 Gigahertz stock, though generally has very good ...
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Effective laptop intel processor for virtual machines

The issue with your question is there's no allusion or reference to compute requirements. This puts some of your requirements at odds with each other. Observe: Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ Processor (6th ...
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Are there laptops with 2xquad-core i7 processors?

It is not possible to run 2 x i7 because they are consumer grade CPUs and do not support multi CPU configurations. I do not believe there is a laptop that can simultaneously use 2 CPUs at once because ...
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Biggest amount of cores on the smallest board

If you are willing to do a bit more work on integration with whatever you want to run, you can try a Parallella board. That gives you a 16 core RISC co processor plus a dual core main processor on a ...
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Which i7 processor should I buy for compiling code?

Given that compiling is a thread-heavy job, your user is best off with the i7 that most cheaply gets them the most threads. Given that all i7 CPUs on the 1150 socket feature 8 threads, that means ...
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Is there a motherboard that supports ARM processors?

It's actually totally possible. AMD was supposed to release dev boards based on their new Opteron A1100 octocore ARM APU, but as you can see, there have been severe difficulties with actually getting ...
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