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I have a i7 950 and love it, runs at 4.1ghz all day on my h100 with the fans pretty much left at 40%.

I think in terms of the tech world its outdated because there's sandy bridge, SB-e, and ivy bridge.

In terms of performance I don't think you would need to upgrade you're cpu to play any games for awhile if you are running a strong gpu. I would say unless you actually need the cpu performance (i.e 3d rendering, movie editing or some type of performance app) you don't need a upgrade yet. I don't think I'll upgrade my x58 set up for at least another 2 years. At times I think about upgrading it but in reality its just a side grade.
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Nothin wrong with first gen i7's. Still own and rock my 920 system right along side my sandy systems.
     
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You'll be good to go for purely gaming through 2015, easily. If the Core 2 Quad can last 6 years and still be a viable CPU for gaming, then the i7 920 can.
 
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You'll be good to go for purely gaming through 2015, easily. If the Core 2 Quad can last 6 years and still be a viable CPU for gaming, then the i7 920 can.

I'm not switching processors until graphics cards absolutely need me to use pci express 3.0 to give me a performance boost.
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I'm not switching processors until graphics cards absolutely need me to use pci express 3.0 to give me a performance boost.

I cant see pcie 3.0 giving any sort of sizeable boost to really warrant a cpu and mobo swap. even right now, a 2500k is overkill. and will be for awhile. i mean, most games say you need a core 2 duo for an enjoyable gaming experience. core 2 quad is going to be the new "recommended" in the next few years. i wouldnt really worry about upgrading from an i5 2500k much less an i7 920. The only reason i have a 3930K rig is because i can, and because i got bored with my other hardware.
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I'm not switching processors until graphics cards absolutely need me to use pci express 3.0 to give me a performance boost.
I cant see pcie 3.0 giving any sort of sizeable boost to really warrant a cpu and mobo swap. even right now, a 2500k is overkill. and will be for awhile. i mean, most games say you need a core 2 duo for an enjoyable gaming experience. core 2 quad is going to be the new "recommended" in the next few years. i wouldnt really worry about upgrading from an i5 2500k much less an i7 920. The only reason i have a 3930K rig is because i can, and because i got bored with my other hardware.

If the C2Q is going to be the recommended hardware for gaming, then the 920 should last for quite some time, I believe.

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Your good for a long time gaming, the Core 2 Quads q9550 and q9650 are still more than adequate for gaming.

You'll need something more powerful if you are encoding and editing though.

Nah, the only hardcore work I throw at my CPU is gaming - then I'll be fine for another couple of years I guess. Thanks for the reply.
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I think you will want the features of newer chipsets (for example PCI-e 3.0, native sata 6, native usb3, ddr4, etc.) well before the processor itself becomes an issue. Or at least for me that is the case.

Ah. Nice point.
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I have a i7 950 and love it, runs at 4.1ghz all day on my h100 with the fans pretty much left at 40%.

I think in terms of the tech world its outdated because there's sandy bridge, SB-e, and ivy bridge.

In terms of performance I don't think you would need to upgrade you're cpu to play any games for awhile if you are running a strong gpu. I would say unless you actually need the cpu performance (i.e 3d rendering, movie editing or some type of performance app) you don't need a upgrade yet. I don't think I'll upgrade my x58 set up for at least another 2 years. At times I think about upgrading it but in reality its just a side grade.

So this baby should last a few more years, and yeah I think about upgrading from time to time but it won't be more than a sidegrade.
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Nothin wrong with first gen i7's. Still own and rock my 920 system right along side my sandy systems.


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You'll be good to go for purely gaming through 2015, easily. If the Core 2 Quad can last 6 years and still be a viable CPU for gaming, then the i7 920 can.

Good thing that I bought the 920 then, instead of a cheaper (C2D) I was thinking of buying at that time.
   
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I'm running an i7 965 and plan to replace it in another 12-24 months with either a Haswell or Broadwell.

IMO, the performance gains by the 2nd and 3rd generation i7's doesn't warrant my throwing away the chip, motherboard and memory and upgrading. Just throw a water block on it and overclock the snot out of it.
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Though I've upgraded from my 920, it's still an excellent chip. My friend bought my original 1366 mobo / cpu / memory years ago and he's still gaming with it today. They get the job done.
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Pretty much agree with everyone here, yes its technically 'dated' by hardware standards, but the trend in personal computing has been that software cannot keep up to the rapid pace of hardware.

Our first gen i7's will last a long time unless something magical happens in the software world.
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My i7 920@ 4ghz still runs awesome and kicks major gaming ars!! thumb.gif
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