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I'm in a rough spot. Currently i have a Dell XPS system but am very unhappy with it and just bought a Lian Li case last night and gonna start my first build. I'm just not sure what route to go with a processor. My Dell system has a Bloomfield i7 920 2.67 ghz. cpu in it. I didn't know if i could take it out and buy a new 1366 mobo and reuse it or just buy a new processor like a i5 2500k and a mobo. What do you guys think?
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I would go 2500K/1155, 1366 is beginning to be old tech. There is a lot more choice with 1155 motherboards, and you can upgrade to Ivy bridge when it comes out.
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I say save the money and stick with the i7 920, you should be able to get it over 4GHz easily. You can also save some money by buying the mobo from our marketplace... Though it really depends on what you do, if your just going to play games then dont upgrade, just overclock it and get a good video card, a monitor or an ssd.
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I say save the money and stick with the i7 920, you should be able to get it over 4GHz easily. You can also save some money by buying the mobo from our marketplace... Though it really depends on what you do, if your just going to play games then dont upgrade, just overclock it and get a good video card or monitor or an ssd.
This. The 920 is still a great chip. I think any performance increase to 1155 will be so negligible it won't be worth the money.
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it depends on what gpu you are going to get with it and how long you want this upgrade to last.
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This. The 920 is still a great chip. I think any performance increase to 1155 will be so negligible it won't be worth the money.
I agree completely. The 920 will remain a relevant platform for the foreseeable future. What are you not happy with?

To really give good advice it would help if we knew what budget you're looking at & what you're going to use the rig for. Otherwise it's pie in the sky. Here's one piece of advice though: get the most graphics card you can afford but don't forget about the power supply. A good psu is a must for a good gpu.

Your current motherboard limits you to one graphics card which is usually enough for most people. Keeping it means you can keep your windows copy and don't have to fiddle with that. You could probably keep your ram & hdd but we don't know the specs on the ram. Adding a SSD to boot from is a great idea if you have the money.
Edited by TehStone - 10/23/11 at 7:59pm
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What aspects of the dell are you unhappy with it? By the looks of what you wrote, you're either unhappy with the case or mobo. If you're unhappy with the case, you should be able to remove everything and put it in the new case (ie. no new hardware necessary) or if you're unhappy with the mobo, you can get any 1366 mobo and the 920 will work fine.

warning: If you get a new mobo, your OS may not work since it's tied to the mobo and it may be necessary to buy a new OS as well
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Well here are my needs. I honestly don't know if i will OC, if i do it won't be something extreme. I do a lot of multitasking and video editing and not a lot of gaming. When i do it's either EVE Online, Starcraft 2 or my wife plays the Sims 3 on it. The may reason for an upgrade right now is because i think my Dell mobo is about to die and i will never by a pre-assembled system again. At first i'll probably be reusing my XFX 4850 i have now and upgrade later on.
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Well here are your options (new case already considered for both scenarios)

1. Replacing mobo = new mobo + new OS
2. Get 1155 = new mobo + new cpu + OS + RAM (you can reuse your old ram but you can only use either 2 sticks for dual channel or all 3 sticks for single channel)
*also, I'm not sure about dell but I know in the past they used proprietary psu's that would only work with their mobos and I don't know if they still do this or not but it's something to look into

So depending on how much you want to spend, I'd say just replace the mobo if you're on a budget or if you want to go all out, get an 1155 setup which will net a decent performance boost as well as future-proof you for ivybridge and possibly beyond
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you can get an x58 board from the F/S section for $120

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