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Poll Results: Stick with i7 860 @ 3.7ghz for another year or upgrade to 2600k and OC like a mad man?

 
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post #1 of 8
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I have been holding back on upgrading for some time now as Intel has been switching sockets left right and centre and I didn't want to buy another DOA socket. I have recently read that LGA 1155 is going to be compatible with the new Sandy Bridge processors coming out later 2012, so buying an LGA 1155 platform now will give me options later on. There is this deal going on at my local comp shop and I was wondering if grabbing it and going for 4.8ghz is worth the money - other than homework I only game on my pc. So, the question is should I upgrade now or just keep on waiting with my 3.7ghz i7 860? I am an enthusiast and have been pretty jelly over a lot of the overclocks here, but until now I just didn't think it was worth spending money over and I am still conflicted. I have till the end of the month before the sale is over so I am not going to make a rash decision.

Rep for very helpful posts. biggrin.gif

I am a student and don't have much money, but I always have a secret stash for PC upgrades that I hide from the girlfriend. tongue.gif
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post #2 of 8
If you have no genuine need for an upgrade (i.e. none of the applications you use require more power than you current have), then I would say to refrain from upgrading until Ivy Bridge is out (hopefully summer).

Ivy Bridge is capable of much (I use it lightly) better overclocks. See, e.g., http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/display/20120227071307_Enthusiasts_Overclock_Intel_s_Next_Generation_Ivy_Bridge_to_7GHz.html

That will give you a chance to feed your overclocking e-peen.
    
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post #3 of 8
wait a little bit new cpu and gpu lineup is coming, have a patience smile.gif
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post #4 of 8
I say wait for kepler and ivy bridge. if those are crap, go 2600k.
intel sockets won't change for a while. They'll probably stick with 1155 until 2013 and socket 2011 until 2012 q4 at earliest
post #5 of 8
I'm in the same boat as you; though, I have a i7 920. I think I'm gonna wait another year or 2 before I upgrade because there isn't many applications or games that require me get better hardware. Not to mention I spend about $2500 on this rig about 2 years ago.
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post #6 of 8
Any i7 us still overkill. Wait a couple of years
post #7 of 8
Is there an activity your currently performing that the CPU limits you in? If not i'd just hold out on the upgrade until you have an actual need for it. I only performed my last CPU upgrade on the account of a bottleneck I was getting from my older AMD processor.
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post #8 of 8
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Thanks for the responses. The only way I am being held back is not having upgraded my cpu and mobo for the longest time in my life.... I start to itch. tongue.gif

Also there was mention of waiting for Kepler... I already made my choice -> look in the sig. biggrin.gif

I feel more confident in waiting for 1155 Ivy Bridge. Thanks fellow OCNers!
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