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Yesterday I was lucky enough to come upon an i7 920 at no cost to me! Now im trying to decide if i want to go down the 1366 upgrade path or stick to my 775 build up. This would be for me "Media Server" setup seen below. The machine is mostly used to torrent, web surfing, some office apps, and hosting my video and music for the other devices through my home. No gaming really. I would like to start doing my own video encoding on it though, which is why im considering the upgrade.

Option 1: Keep the i7. Buy a new board (~$180) and RAM (~$80) and HSF adapter for 1366. I can sell my old board/cpu/ram to make some of that back. I would also have to make sure the new board has at least 6 sata ports that support RAID 5 and migrate my RAID over.

Option 2: Sell the i7 and my current E8400, upgrade to a q6600 or q9550 and OC the hell out of it (i was able to get my E8400 to 4ghz stable on this set up). Current raid set up stays in tact and at least i have a set up that i know is proven.

What would you guys do in this situation? Also trying to make sure i keep costs as low as possible. Basically looking for justification that going w/ the 1366 upgrade is worth it for essentially the video encoding aspect of it.
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It depends whether if you need the i7 920 to run applications. If your current rig is running your things fine then the best thing to do is to sell that i7 920 to upgrade later on. AMD's new processors are coming out, and Ivy bridge is just around the corner too.

But if you need the processing power NOW then keep the 920 and get a new mobo and RAM.
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If you're using on-board raid, you will have to rebuild your raid array on the new motherboard. You you'll have to backup your raid array onto another media (other hdd's or a large external drive) then copy the data back over to the new array after it's been rebuilt.

Honestly, I don't see it worth your while going socket 1366 with what you have. The increase in performance for what you're doing will not be noticed and it will be a lot of work to get that stuff up and running again.

My suggestion is sell the i7 920 grab a q9550 or q9650 and just drop it in your current setup. Also sell the q8400, buy yourself an actual raid controller and then in the future when you migrate machines you can keep your raid intact without any rebuilding just by moving the raid controller from one machine to the next.
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Sell everything on ebay, craigslist, OCN marketplace, etc.
Build a new 2500k Sandy Bridge Rig from scratch.
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I don't do video encoding but I know that when the I7 first came out it was about 30% faster than the old quads.
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Yesterday I was lucky enough to come upon an i7 920 at no cost to me! Now im trying to decide if i want to go down the 1366 upgrade path or stick to my 775 build up. This would be for me "Media Server" setup seen below. The machine is mostly used to torrent, web surfing, some office apps, and hosting my video and music for the other devices through my home. No gaming really. I would like to start doing my own video encoding on it though, which is why im considering the upgrade.

Option 1: Keep the i7. Buy a new board (~$180) and RAM (~$80) and HSF adapter for 1366. I can sell my old board/cpu/ram to make some of that back. I would also have to make sure the new board has at least 6 sata ports that support RAID 5 and migrate my RAID over.

Option 2: Sell the i7 and my current E8400, upgrade to a q6600 or q9550 and OC the hell out of it (i was able to get my E8400 to 4ghz stable on this set up). Current raid set up stays in tact and at least i have a set up that i know is proven.

What would you guys do in this situation? Also trying to make sure i keep costs as low as possible. Basically looking for justification that going w/ the 1366 upgrade is worth it for essentially the video encoding aspect of it.
If you're vid encoding, build out and overclock the i7 920.
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post #7 of 7
^ Agreed.

You leave yourself with the option to do the video encoding on this machine if you go with the 920. The fact that BD/Ivy are coming out later this year are irrelevant since you can get the 920 for free. The cost of the mobo and ram is much less than the cost of mobo/ram/CPU for either of those two platforms.

If you want to be even more frugal, you can pick up second hand 1366 mobo // ram kits from people on OCN who are looking to upgrade to those systems as well.
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