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The first cpu I started with was an AMD Athlon64 x2 4200+ with a 9800GT and that was back around 2007
Is that the last CPU you had before getting the i7-930?
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Is that the last CPU you had before getting the i7-930?
Well I bought it as a pre-built HP computer at Best Buy and the i7 was my first custom built.
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Well I bought it as a pre-built HP computer at Best Buy and the i7 was my first custom built.
Oh.

How much faster does your i7-930 system feel in comparison to that pre-built?

The Athlon64 x2 4200+ is a slower dual-core than the E8400, but it may give me a very general idea of how much of an improvement you might see if you were to upgrade to Sandy Bridge (whether or not it would be worth spending the money).
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Oh.

How much faster does your i7-930 system feel in comparison to that pre-built?

The Athlon64 x2 4200+ is a slower dual-core than the E8400, but it may give me a very general idea of how much of an improvement you might see if you were to upgrade to Sandy Bridge (whether or not it would be worth spending the money).
Well the 4200+ to an i7 upgrade was very noticeable when it was paired up with a 9800GT.

According to Anandtech benchmark, the 2500k with 4 cores beats the 920 with 8 cores (HT) at stock speed but its a different story if the 2500k was pushed to 4.5GHz compared to my current oc.
Edited by Isildar - 7/29/11 at 11:59pm
post #15 of 36
Well, you do have $800 to spend and the upgrade would only cost you $500 or less because all you'd need to do is replace the CPU, motherboard, and memory.

I don't know, but I think it might be worth it. Your system is fast, but if what AnandTech says is true, then you'll be even happier with Sandy Bridge.
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post #16 of 36
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Hi I have around $800 on upgrades so is it worth buying a sandy bridge cpu? I see a lot of guys hitting 4.5Ghz+ on these and its tempting. I can expand the budget if needed but I'm willing to reuse my old parts. Also should I upgrade my graphics cards? I would prefer to stick with Intel/Nvidia since the depreciation rate is a bit slower.
Upgrade your graphics first, your cpu is still good. I would only upgrade your cpu if I can find a buyer for that 930.
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If you are just using your system to run games on then the only improvement IMO is to get two 580's or a 590. One 580 is pretty much like two 460. So getting just one will not give any noticeable frames.

Maybe look at getting a SSD or some more monitors. But I wouldn't worry about the CPU. That 930 will last a few years yet.
    
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lol your cpus fine !! if it was me i would upgrade that gtx460 haaha save money for something you will notice!@!!!!
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If you are just using your system to run games on then the only improvement IMO is to get two 580's or a 590. One 580 is pretty much like two 460. So getting just one will not give any noticeable frames.

Maybe look at getting a SSD or some more monitors. But I wouldn't worry about the CPU. That 930 will last a few years yet.
I knew it, 2 gtx460 is the same as a single gtx580. Btw is it worth buying an ssd right now or wait a bit longer until it gets cheaper?
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How much video memory do your 460s have? 768MB, or 1GB?
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