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Firstly I'm a complete novice, so apologies if I'm not 100% clear or get the terminology wrong..

I recently inherited an older system the details (as far as I know) i7 920 3.40 OC, 6GB Ram, HD 5870, 64Gb SSD/2TB HDD, don't know motherboard make/model, crappy Powercool 850AUBA-B PSU & Coolermaster CM690 Dominator case.
I've never owned a desktop before (trying to wean myself off laptops) and was pretty much exclusively a console gamer apart from the casual stuff.. but now I've had a taste at high end gaming at a decent resolution (1920x1200) I'm kinda hooked..
Simple question first, is this rig worth upgrading.. a few people have mentioned that the i7 920 is perfectly fine with adequate cooling if you plan to overclock (I do) with the help of a recently purchased Noctua NH-D14. currently the rig spontaneously restarts when I'm running any relatively recent game.. I've since discovered that this is almost certainly due to the crappy PSU I'm hoping to change it soon with hopefully some advice from you guys.
I'm hoping I can upgrade rather than start over as I'm currently between jobs and money is a little tight at the moment.

Any advice/comments would be most welcome.
post #2 of 15
I would upgrade. What will you be using the computer for? I would change out the psu though.
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Originally Posted by Carlitos714 View Post

I would upgrade. What will you be using the computer for? I would change out the psu though.

Mostly gaming, Image processing & video/audio editing
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Originally Posted by George Carlin View Post

Mostly gaming, Image processing & video/audio editing
What games do you play? What resolution?

I would also overclock the cpu to 3.6-4.0 ghz

I am not too familiar with video/audio editing so I don't know how demanding it is on the cpu or gpu.
post #5 of 15
I wouldn't say it's worth swapping out the i7 920 yet just do a little overclocking (which you already mentioned) and may upgrade the GPU.
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post #6 of 15
upgrade everything is fine. I might get a better video card and a better psu. Extra RAM if u want
    
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post #7 of 15
You're more than okay. You could look at a GPU upgrade to increase performance and that machine should be more than alright for video editing. An upgrade to the PSU would be for dependability purposes. Upping that OC on the 920 would get you more results. Also, looking at your peripherals (fans, CPU cooling, etc.) could help drag down temps allowing you to push components farther. In all, you've got a pretty good system. I do a lot of video encoding and some editing on my sig rig and it gets the job done.
post #8 of 15
If I were you and money was an issue, I would visit the marketplace and get a good solid 650 watt psu. Run it and if you are not happy then only logical upgrade would be the graphic card. upgrade one thing at at time until you are happy rolleyes.gif hopefully you dont get the OCN bug and ended up with an SR-2!
post #9 of 15
I would sell it and buy an Ivy Bridge system myself....
post #10 of 15
I would say replace that psu ASAP..let me look you up some suggestions..Oh btw ..probably the reason your comp reboots is the psu
Overcurrent Protection kicking in because it has rediculously low amperage on the rails.I was right.. 0.8-16A on each rail thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
Umm..how much would you be willing to spend on PSU?i'd play with what you have for a while..18 mos ago it was the best

This would do you ..If you stay 1 gpu..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200
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