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Ok guys I'm new to posting but not new to the site and was hoping i could get some help with a predicament I have come across.

Basically my question is, should i stay with my i7 920, or upgrade to the SB i5 2500k?

First off, I originally bought a Gateway FX6800-01e, recently, I have upgraded and changed out to the following items.
CPU - i7 920 @ 2.66GHz C0-stepping LGA1366 (stock)
MB - Stupid Gateway Locked mobo - TBGM01 (stock)
RAM - Patriot Viper II Sector 7, Triple Channel. (upgrade)
GPU - Sapphire 6870 (upgrade)
PSU - Cooler Master GX series RS-650watt
HDD - Original Seagate 750GB
Optical Drive - Original Label-Flash
OS - Windows Vista 64-bit OEM
Case- CM HAF 912(upgrade)

Now my orignal plan was upgrade what i have upgraded, and get a new motherboard so i can overclock the 920 to a modest 3.6GHz or something like that. (wasnt planning on going crazy with the overclocking.) Also, with a new motherboard, I'd have to buy a new OS syste since the copy of Vista i have is tied to the original motherboard, which I'm fine with doing.
Since I have been researching and doing my homework on this upgrade stuff, Ive come to realize maybe, MAYBE, i should just go ahead, and get a i5-2500k, New mobo, new dual channel ram, and new Windows 7. This would push me to spend 500 dollars or more, pending the motherboard and such. Or, i could just stick with what i have except, upgrade the mobo, and get Windows 7, this would be the cheaper option, and more reachable for me.

Now, Most of what i do on my computer is Gaming (BF3, CSS, TF2, and a few others), also I'm on the internet, watch a lot of movies on the computer or internet, I also use this as my school computer with all of the microsoft office applications (word, etc). But more importantly, its my day to day computer at home.

What do you guys think as far as upgrading?, I realize the 920 is aging and what not, ive heard all of that. thought about just going with the 2500k, though about just sticking with the 920, thought about time and again. So im looking for help on this matter. If anyone has any suggestions as to what would be the best thing to do as far as, longevity, gaming performance, currency, future proofing and whatever else I'd appreciatte the help.
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I would just buy an after market Mobo and overclock that. you wouldn't see that much of a difference going from what you have to a 2500K
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I agree with trojan that the 2500k isn't a big enough upgrade to warrant spending $500. I'd just keep what you have right now. An i7 920 is still fast enough to do anything nowadays because games and applications still don't require more than 4 cores.

The only way I'd go with a 2500k is if the resale value of your current hardware is high enough to make it worth it.

I had an i5 750 before upgrading to my 2500k, and the only reason I upgraded was because it only cost me about $50 after selling my old stuff.
Edited by Mad Skillz - 11/16/11 at 2:23pm
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Stay with the 920 and get a new mobo and OC that beast. I love my 920....it shreds.thumb.gif
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thanks for the insight, Yea, I've thought about doing the resale, just putting everything back into the old Pre-built, and selling it but i don't think I'm going to do that, since i can still use it for a backup or just for whatever.

Yea I do see your point about not upgrading because it can still handle everything. It runs BF3 running at stock speed very well coupled with my 6870, so thankfully that hasnt been my motive to upgrade.

I also like the fact that the x58 chipset can readily handle 2 GPU's @ x16 mode on almost all x58 boards, so the possibility of me getting a second 6870 in crossfire has come across my mind a few times, and most of the 1155 boards ive been interested in, only can run one gpu at full x16 mode and in a crossfire they run x8 mode or something similar depending on the board. So I have thought about that a lot.

I had one person on toms hardware tell me it was stupid to funnel any money into an aging, and potentially obsolete 1366 socket since ivy bridge is on the horizon, and sandy bridge is current-generation hardware at the moment.
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Wait till next year until Ivy Bridge comes out.
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thanks for the insight, Yea, I've thought about doing the resale, just putting everything back into the
I had one person on toms hardware tell me it was stupid to funnel any money into an aging, and potentially obsolete 1366 socket since ivy bridge is on the horizon, and sandy bridge is current-generation hardware at the moment.

All computer components are aging. rolleyes.gif Unless the money is burning a hole in your pocket. Only thing i did to mine was a new PSU and 2 x 480's over time. Total investment to turn it into a kick arse gaming rig has been about $1500.....over the span of 2.5 years. It stomped then and it stomps now.
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Clock for clock, Sandybridge isnt much faster than Bloomfield. Unfortunately you have a C0 stepping 920. That means you have less overclocking potential, but should be able to reach your goal of 3.6ghz no problem. Your 920 is fine, and you should seriously consider holding off on upgrades until something well ahead of your 920 comes out.

If you have decided you are not happy with performance, and want an upgrade, my opinion is go for the 2500k. Getting a new mobo and windows 7 is a lot of money for a non guaranteed performance boost in games, maybe 1-2fps if you overclock the 920 from 2.6 to 3.6. Now if you go for the 2500k, you can easily overclock to 4ghz or higher giving you more performance in games compared to your 920 c0. If you are going to buy a new Motherboard, and windows 7, you might as well grab a 2500k.
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I dont see the chances of Ivy Bridge being on the less expensive end of things when it debuts so in my opinion that'd be the same as spending a LOT on the 2500k b/c i need to buy dual channel ram, new mobo, and whatever else i might need for the ivy bridge.

And I see your logic in upgrading, but you said it yourself
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Clock for clock, Sandybridge isnt much faster than Bloomfield.
. Now i realize i got the short end of the stick with the C0 stepping but to be honest, ive never OC'd before and seriously dont plan on going nuts and trying to get 4GHz out of the 920 i have, Like i said i just would like a modest overclock.

Besides, is my 920 even unlocked? Since i bought it in a prebuilt Gateway, will I even be able to unlock the potential? or is it not possible? I wouldnt be suprised if my 920 had locked cores seeing that my original mobo BIOS isnt unlocked and is basically a p.o.s. lol
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Now that I have basically figured out that I'm probably going to stick with my 920 and x58, Can you guys suggest a board that can overclock good, handle games, and not be to expensive? Less than 200 bucks would be the best for me. I originally wanted the Asus P6X58D-e, but strangely, Newegg discontinued that board for some reason. So im not sure what to get now, I looked into the sabertooth, but on almost all of the reviews and benchmarks i found on it, the gaming performance decreased noticeably when overclocked.

Any suggestions?
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