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i used to have a C0 i7 920. powerful chip, it just runs hot is all, very power hungry.

you should be able to hit 3.3 gHz with just a simple BCLK change, on stock voltage. i don't remember what the BCLK was though, i think it was maybe 166 if the multiplier is 20?

in your BIOS, look for the BCLK, which should be 133. change it to 166, save and exit, win.

piece of cake to start with.
Edited by nicodemus - 11/16/11 at 5:37pm
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If that sheds any light to things OP, what are your future plans? If you plan on sticking with the Core i7 920 for a good year or two, then it makes more sense to set a foundation up for it now. If you're going to jump to LGA 1155, there is little sense in not doing it now if you will anyway.

Its not that i Have an immediate need to upgrade to 1155, Im still not sure on future plans seeing as my 920 is still handling all of my games and day to day use just fine. Im not by any means dead set on upgrading to 1155. so that basically makes me want to stick with the 920 and get a new board, maybe run crossfire later wink.gif
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you have a HAF 912 right? If you have the side fan installed then i don't think it will be a problem ^^
as long as you have sufficient airflow then your all good!
6870's don't run super hot newais, at least i don't think from when i had one.

Yea i have a 912, a huge reason why i got it was for good airflow, and i have a side 120mm fan installed now, and yuea your right about the 6870 running cool, on a day where my room is cool, ive had it be at 32* idle, though its usually around 55-60 when playing BF3 with the fan at a mere 60% so that could always be adjusted for excess temps of i ran crossfire
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Stick with the 920 and skip the SB all together. Wait for the next gen.
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Its not that i Have an immediate need to upgrade to 1155, Im still not sure on future plans seeing as my 920 is still handling all of my games and day to day use just fine. Im not by any means dead set on upgrading to 1155. so that basically makes me want to stick with the 920 and get a new board, maybe run crossfire later wink.gif
The reason I asked is because you're looking for a new board, so I presume stock speeds aren't quite cutting it for you anymore (understandably so, as tasks that aren't thread heavy; even my Core 2 at stock speed can often enough be a bit faster).

That CPU has plenty of potential, but the reason I asked is because I was wondering if you were wanting more. So, it really depends on if LGA 1155 will enter the picture at all on if you should go that way. If yes, just do it now and get it over with and save the money/time. If no, then by all means, you can save some money and stick with what you got, albeit it won't perform as well.

If that's a C0 stepping CPU, how much more clock seed are you going to be able to expect? Will temperatures be in check? (it's rated for 100C at stock speed, so overclocked, obviously keep it the lower the higher it's overclocked).

Meanwhile, while a LGA 1155 setup will typically perform better and have a host of other benefits (lower power draw/heat), it will cost more up front. It can go either way, and this isn't the first time that question has been asked, and it won't be the last. This is why I asked, because in my opinion, if you'll go LGA 1155 anyway, do it now. If not, you can pass and stick with LGA 1366.
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OP -- I'm rocking with my i7 920 until Ivy Bridge comes out.

If I were you and if wanted the urge to get more performance, then don't get a chip. Overclock that i7 920. You're going to get bigger improvements on your i7 920 overclocked, vs another CPU/Mobo combination at stock (unless you overclock that)

i7 920 C0's can do 4ghz fairly easily on a good board. I have an Asus P6T Deluxe v2 and I can get 4.5 on my D0 Stepping granted I have water and it was just for benchmarks and not 24/7.

But still, currently, the i7 2600K/2500K is a side grade and not a big platform change -- You're best bet is to either just get a new mobo and a cpu cooler and overclock or just wait for Ivy Bridge which comes out Q1 of 2012.

SB-E might be expensive, but if you want the performance, whether you use it or not, I'd go for it. I am still considering getting SB-E as it'll upgrade my whole platform vs's just the CPU. I've heard that SB-E can get 5ghz pretty easily, where as a lot of i7 2600k's cannot.
     
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Yea i completely understand where your coming from Garnett. Idk if you realized it but, 2.66 is my stock speed compared to your 3.33 with your core2 duo. Im only planning a modest 3.5 Ghz or around that range, nothing much higher or lower. Cooling, i have a 212+ that i will put a push pull config when i get the new mobo. and i have the 912 so airflow is definitely something i have going for me as far as overclocking and keeping temps down. if i run to heat issues, i don't mind backing down the clocks a bit.

Considering the amount of replies saying stick to the 920, and tbh i feel as though my performance at stock speeds for gaming has been really good to me and the upgrade to the 2500k isnt warranted, especially considering its not an overclocked chip at all. with that said, I feel very comfortable with staying and overclocking the 920 on a new board.
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feels wrong to buy a motherboard that almost everyone wants to get rid of nowadays. I'll go 2500k instead. sell that i7 920 and you're not spending that much.
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feels wrong to buy a motherboard that almost everyone wants to get rid of nowadays. I'll go 2500k instead. sell that i7 920 and you're not spending that much.

Even if i did go for the 2500k, i wouldnt just sell my i7, i would put all of the original stuff from my gateway (re-read first posts) and keep it as a secondary or give it to my brother or something like that.'
Edited by -dynastyyy - 11/16/11 at 6:09pm
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2500K is a much better chip in terms for thermals. It Consumes much less power then less heat.
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But still, currently, the i7 2600K/2500K is a side grade and not a big platform change
Not worth the cost if you're already sitting on a halfway decent 3.xGHz+ overclock != something else's equal.
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Idk if you realized it but, 2.66 is my stock speed compared to your 3.33 with your core2 duo.
I do, but I wanted to put it into perspective. Neither of our CPUs at stock are generally considered "fast" anymore.
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Considering the amount of replies saying stick to the 920, and tbh i feel as though my performance at stock speeds for gaming has been really good to me and the upgrade to the 2500k isnt warranted, especially considering its not an overclocked chip at all.
Go with what you feel is right for you. If it's enough, it is enough. There is certainly nothing wrong with sticking to it. I was merely adding some advice that if you were changing out to LGA 1155 anyway eventually, it'd simply be the smarter thing to just do it now. If you won't, then there's no reason you shouldn't stick with what you have.

By the way, no chip "comes" overclocked, or it wouldn't be an overclocked chip. If you're saying you can't overclock them, that's not true. How else are people running them at 4.5GHz+ when it's a 3.3GHz chip?
Edited by Princess Garnet - 11/16/11 at 6:15pm
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