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Im currently running a Core i7 930 at 4.4Ghz with 1.458V vcore. I can pay approximately $150 to upgrade to an i7 965 extreme edition. Is it worth the upgrade?

How much more overclocking potential would an extreme edition CPU provide?
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Not worth $150, its not really an upgrade at all. The ONLY thing you'll gain is an unlocked multiplier. You're already at 4.4GHz, I doubt that other chip will go too much further, if you can even get it that far.
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Are there any 1366 CPUs that would give me higher OC potential? (better Ghz to vcore ratio)
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Originally Posted by Timechange01 View Post

Are there any 1366 CPUs that would give me higher OC potential? (better Ghz to vcore ratio)

Most 1366 chips did around 4.0-4.2 stable. The fact that you're at 4.4 stable is pretty darn good all on its own. I've seen 990x's do 4.5 stable, sometimes 4.6. Not really worth it for the $1,000 or so that they cost though.
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In that case I guess I should stick to my CPU for now while Im still in 1366 Thanks!cheers.gif
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post #6 of 13
The only way it'd be worth an upgrade on the same platform is if you get a hex core CPU at a fair price. The rest are the same thing with different stock speeds, and I've even heard some people say some of the Core i7 920s (D0) did better than some of the later ones (like the Core i7 930 and Core i7 950), but it's always a case by case basis too (I know of someone with a Core i7 920 D0 that was at like 3.6Ghz or so only with quite a bit of voltage). Otherwise, sit on what you have.
post #7 of 13

RE: Core i7 930 to i7 965?

Seriously not worth it. think you have the itch to upgrade lol. Go Sandy or Ivy Bridge....a much more worthy choice. 4.4GHz is freakin great! Doubt any other other 1366 chip will get much better without crying lol.

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post #8 of 13
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Im a gamer so I dont really require the extra cores from a six-core 1366 CPU. Come to think of it, I dont actually require higher OC either lol biggrin.gif But it just feels nice to have higher OCs and I haven't upgraded anything in a while. All my games so far run perfectly, no complaints whatsoever. But I just feel like I should upgrade something! I cant explain it

I guess the next best step would be to switch over to 2011
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post #9 of 13
If you have that upgrade itch, you could always try to find another matching 480 and have a nice three way going on. wink.gif Your power supply will definitely handle it, not sure if your board is 3 way capable or not though.

Or you could always invest some money into some nice audio equipment as well. wink.gif
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The thing is I game at 1680x1050 (which isnt a very demanding resolution) on a 120hz monitor. And so far all my games max out and stay constant at 120fps (Skyrim, BF3, Batman, Alan Wake, etc..) so I dont know if I should add another card in there just yet.

As for audio, that would definitely be a worthy upgrade I suppose. Im currently using Creative Inspire 4.1 4400 speakers that I purchased in 2003
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