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With my current rig i am quite pleased with it. however the OverClocker in me wants to upgrade. So my idea is to upgrade to sandy bridge, which would mean a new CPU and MOBO. now id like to know if this is a good upgrade. i know the IVY bridge is right around the corner but i see the improvements i could get with Sandy Bridge and maybe if I'm lucky hit a 5GHz OC. Not to mention a upgrade path to IVY bridge.
Or i can go for a full water cooling kit. I'm just more inclined for the CPU and MOBO because i already have a h100 and that will do me until I'm ready to put my GPU's under water.

So what do you think?
-New CPU & MOBO,
-Go Full Water Cooling,
-Another upgrade i over looked?
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I pondered this same dillema for a while and decided to go water. A lot has been made about sandy bridge vs x58 and IMO there isn't a worth-while performance difference. If you invest in water cooling gear it will still be perfectly viable for LGA2011. If you really just want something new to play with, maybe some HDDs for RAID or a sound card. Only things your rig is really missing.
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Agreed with the above comment, I seriously considered upgrading but then I realised that I wouldn't do anything worthwhile with that sort of horsepower. But yes, I wanted to overclock the hell out of it

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ah i see. i guess your right, i just have the urge to use a cooler chip so i can hit higher OC's...
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ah i see. i guess your right, i just have the urge to use a cooler chip so i can hit higher OC's...
Yes. This might be the best idea for awhile.
Sandy Bridge performance per clock is only around 17% more than Lynnfield.
Ivy Bridge will be target 20% more performance per clock compared to Sandy Bridge. That will be about 40% more performance over Lynnfield (if Intel didn't messed up).
So, I believe Ivy Bridge will be worth for the wait if you want to upgrade.
If you upgrade now to Sandy Bridge, I think you might feel wanna upgrade again when Ivy Bridge come and that might be a waste of money.
    
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Yes. This might be the best idea for awhile.
Sandy Bridge performance per clock is only around 17% more than Lynnfield.
Ivy Bridge will be target 20% more performance per clock compared to Sandy Bridge. That will be about 40% more performance over Lynnfield (if Intel didn't messed up).
So, I believe Ivy Bridge will be worth for the wait if you want to upgrade.
If you upgrade now to Sandy Bridge, I think you might feel wanna upgrade again when Ivy Bridge come and that might be a waste of money.
I knew it would be good but not that goo. well this deff changes my mind. time to set for a full water cooling setup. thanks guys.

Also id like to sell some of my gear to help fund this upgrade, but i dont have permission to post on that particular forum. Is there a requirement or do i have to request access to post there?
Edited by sarge88 - 10/18/11 at 6:33am
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unless you can recoop some money by selling you 950/rampage, i would not bother to upgrade to SB. im assuming your OC is mid 4's as of right now, the performance increase is not justified. and as you dont seem to plan on keeping your 950, id pass on watercooling too lol. Unless you can tell yourself your going to skip ivy bridge, then WC your system. Other then that, i'd say wait for ivy, and be the cool guy on the block when it comes out haha
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I knew it would be good but not that goo. well this deff changes my mind. time to set for a full water cooling setup. thanks guys.

Also id like to sell some of my gear to help fund this upgrade, but i dont have permission to post on that particular forum. Is there a requirement or do i have to request access to post there?
I'm actually about to upgrade to SB from my current i7 930. However, I'm doing it because my wife needs a new PC. I'm going to move my CPU, mobo, and RAM over to her and then I get an upgrade. I'd like to wait for IB, but she really needs an upgrade from her 2.4 GHz Pentium IV. I haven't bought my new cpu and mobo yet and I still ponder just getting her a cheap Llano system.... Upgrading from one to generation to the next without skipping a gen is always a tough call, especially upgrading from the "high end" of the previous generation to the "mainstream" current generation. I've also pondered full on water cooling, as my case is built for it, but my video card doesn't have readily available blocks and it's not worth it to me at the moment just to watercool the cpu, especially when I don't have that great of a chip speed/voltage-wise. Anyway, just my two cents.

By the way, you can't sell here until you get 35 rep. That number seems a bit high to me, but what are you going to do? Sometimes you'll be really helpful to someone and get no rep, other times, you'll really not have much to say, but you get rep. Anyway, just try to keep helping people and I guess the rep will take care of itself, it just may be a while. I try to rep people whenever they are trying to be helpful.
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I'm actually about to upgrade to SB from my current i7 930. However, I'm doing it because my wife needs a new PC. I'm going to move my CPU, mobo, and RAM over to her and then I get an upgrade. I'd like to wait for IB, but she really needs an upgrade from her 2.4 GHz Pentium IV. I haven't bought my new cpu and mobo yet and I still ponder just getting her a cheap Llano system.... Upgrading from one to generation to the next without skipping a gen is always a tough call, especially upgrading from the "high end" of the previous generation to the "mainstream" current generation. I've also pondered full on water cooling, as my case is built for it, but my video card doesn't have readily available blocks and it's not worth it to me at the moment just to watercool the cpu, especially when I don't have that great of a chip speed/voltage-wise. Anyway, just my two cents.

By the way, you can't sell here until you get 35 rep. That number seems a bit high to me, but what are you going to do. Sometimes you'll be really helpful to someone and get nothing, other times, you'll really not have much to say, but you get rep. Anyway, just try to keep helping people and I guess the rep will take care of itself, it just may be a while. I try to rep people whenever they are trying to be helpful.
ya that does seem very high... i do my best to be helpful but im still kinda new to this so how much can i be of help lol. anyway thanks for the fast answer. you deserve +1 rep lol
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If you just want the new hardware to play with, I say go for it. I did the quick u/g from an i5 750 to the 2600K/P67 platform, starting in July, most recently having added just a 6950. I'm already considering another 6950 but I realize my PSU now needs to probably be replaced soon - so with all that said, I just like researching hardware, screwing around with it piecemeal. It keeps things interesting. If you are ok with dropping cash to feed your habit, DO EEET.

If you're interested in other stuff, maybe a NAS box, coupla 2TB drives in a RAID1, and you got yourself a 20-30W solution for movies/music.

Or some kick ass headphones.

Or RAID your SSD!
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