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Poll Results: Would buying a backup processor be worth it?

 
  • 25% (6)
    Yes
  • 75% (18)
    No
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post #1 of 14
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I am curious to see if you guys think buying a backup processor is worth it?

yes?
no?

EDIT: i occasionally use ln2 for benching... that's why i am asking
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/10/11 at 8:41am
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post #2 of 14
If you find a great deal on a used 920, then it's a good idea incase you need to rma your current one.

I seen one ok Kijiji for $140, but I didn't act quick enough
    
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post #3 of 14
not unless you plan on dice'ing the crap outta your chip
post #4 of 14
I voted no. I'm assume you don't try suicide runs though.

OCing within common sense limits, ie taking your 920 to 4+ is fine, taking it [or trying to] to 7+.... yeah get a backup.

I've never had a CPU die on me from both Intel and AMD camps... if anything imo it's the most solidly built part of a PC :\\
    
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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
I am curious to see if you guys think buying a backup processor is worth it?

yes?
no?
Why? It's easier to buy a basic laptop/netbook in case of RMAs or stuff like that. What if you buy a backup CPU and your motherboard fries? that would be hilarioawful
     
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post #6 of 14
Nah, Got a laptop, HTPC, kids rigs, and a MicroCenter 15 minutes away, so not worth it for me.
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post #7 of 14
My first instinct is to say "uh, no".

But you really should provide some more information on what you are asking.

Is this an older architecture that might be more difficult to find? Is 100% uptime something critical to you? Are you buying the backup new or are you getting some kind of deal? Do you live out in the alaskan wilderness where shipping is done by dogsled? Etc.

For the most part I don't see the point though, unless you do something horrible to a CPU it will typically live > 5 years, by which point it will be completely obsolete, and you will likely be able to replace it for a fraction of the cost of buying it today (if you even want to replace it). Things can happen of course (lightning stirke, water damage, etc.), but unless you are absolutely desperate to get your machine up and running instantly after then you can just buy a new chip at that point (assuming whatever happened didn't destroy other things as well).
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post #8 of 14
Hell no, there's something called rma's if anything goes awry.
    
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post #9 of 14
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lol... looks like an overwhelming no. I started doing subzero runs recently and the thought popped up when i was looking at the amount of volts i was putting through my chip. I guess it really isn't worth it.

EDIT: whoops... using a koolance pot with LN2... i haven't gone higher than 1.8v though
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/10/11 at 8:37am
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post #10 of 14
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lol... looks like an overwhelming no. I started doing subzero runs recently and the thought popped up when i was looking at the amount of volts i was putting through my chip. I guess it really isn't worth it
Most people doing subzero runs have multiple cpus incase something goes wrong.

You've should have stated this info before hand so people can vote accordingly.
    
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