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I currently have an i7 920 which can run comfortably at 3.6. Been feeling the upgrade itch but I seem to be reading that there may not be any real performance benefit from moving from my X58 platform to Z77 with a 3570K.

I only run a single graphics card so PCIE 3.0 doesn't seem that necessary. Also doesn't appear as if going from SATA II to SATA III is likely to have any real world impact on my SSD's or HDD's. And I don't think any of my current USB stuff would benefit from USB 3.

As best I can tell the only tangible benefit would be lower TDP/power usage. Am I missing anything? Anyone gone through a similar upgrade?
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I would personally wait for Haswell sometime next year.

1155 offers SATA3, USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0. CPUs clock better, and faster than Nehalems.
Edited by DeXel - 6/14/12 at 3:09pm
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^ This

Unless you have a specific reason as to why you would want to upgrade now there really wouldn't be any point for you. No game is going to be limited by your cpu so the only thing you might want to upgrade in the near future is your graphics card if you feel you need to.
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I have a similar setup to you and I'll say that I haven't been held back by my processor at all. I'm not even sure when I'm going to upgrade next, maybe when something breaks.
If your worried about your performance then you may be able to overclock your chip a little more. Add in a new heatsink and its a cheap way to extend it's usefulness until you do decide to upgrade.
X58 was good when it came out and it's still good now.
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i was battling the upgrade itch not too long ago too mate but in the end i stuck with my i7-930 on a GB X58a-UD3R running at 4.2 HT on.

What are you using your pc for and what is your current system? Very hard to offer advice without knowing what you have and what you want out of it.

If you are feeling like your 920 @ 3.6 isn't cutting it anymore have a go at upping the oc to 4-4.2Ghz.. If you cooling is preventing you from doing so have a look at upgrading that (wc is always a good option) but i can't give specific advice as you have nothing in your sig. The best thing about upgrading your cooling set up is that it will be able to be used on future builds too.
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Not worth it. Wait for Haswell. The performance increase was no where near what I imagined it would be. I upgraded from an i7 960 @ 4.4GHz to this.
     
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Wait for Haswell, it's going to be amazing.
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I've built a new Z77 Ivy rig and kids got the X58 with the 680. Prior to my handing down the X58 system I took the time to bench the 680 with the Z77 / i7 3770K set up.


i7 950 3.1 GHz over clocked 4.0 GHz - GTX 680 Core 1124 / Memory 1752 / Boost 1189 (Max Core 1228 MHz) - 3DMark11 Score P10099


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i7 3770K 3.5 GHz stock - GTX 680 Core Clock 1124 / Memory 1752 / Boost 1189 (Max Core 1228 MHz) - 3DMark11 Score P10485


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I don't have any other stats and realize one bench isn't confirming anything but thought I'd respond to the OP's question with what I can show.

A 30% over clock to my i7 950 X58 vs my stock i7 3770K Z77 both times the 680 was over clocked exactly the same.

For me it wasn't about upgrading for performance more than it was giving the kids their own system so I can finally have my own 'personal' computer. tongue.gif
     
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I currently have an i7 920 which can run comfortably at 3.6. Been feeling the upgrade itch but I seem to be reading that there may not be any real performance benefit from moving from my X58 platform to Z77 with a 3570K.
I only run a single graphics card so PCIE 3.0 doesn't seem that necessary. Also doesn't appear as if going from SATA II to SATA III is likely to have any real world impact on my SSD's or HDD's. And I don't think any of my current USB stuff would benefit from USB 3.
As best I can tell the only tangible benefit would be lower TDP/power usage. Am I missing anything? Anyone gone through a similar upgrade?

If you want an upgrade just get a high end current gen graphics card and a decent IPS panel monitor if you don't have one.

I'd just save up and drop a good chunk into a Haswell-E system when they come out in 2014.
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Thanks for all the helpful replies. I put my rig into my sig to show the details on what I'm currently running.

Seems like Haswell will be the next big event for me. Who knew this little X58 system would hang in there for so long?

I like the idea of upgrading my monitor/video card. That's probably the weakest area of my rig at the moment.
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