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post #1 of 44
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This is my first post so I'll post my gaming rig. I've been tempted to update my rig, but so far my rig still performs pretty good. Would this be worth updating to Sandy or Haswell etc. Built about 2 years ago. I did upgrade my GPU.

MB- ASUS Sabertooth X58
CPU- i7-960 @ 4.2Ghz [Idle temps are usually 26c - 33c - !00% Load 58c -65c]
CPU cooler- Antec Kuhler H2O 620 [Intake] -Push\Pull- Delta FFB1212EH-F00 4000rpm
RAM- Corsair XMS3 - 12GB Triple Channel -1600Mhz
GPU- Galaxy GTX 670 2GB - OC'd Core Clock @ 1280Ghz
SSD- Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 40GB
HDD- Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 -1TB-
HDD- Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 -1TB-
DVD\CD- Lite-On LightScribe 24X CD-RW-DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
Case- Phantom 410
PSU- OCZ ModExtreme 700watt
Fans- 8 total - x2 fans are for the CPU, x4 fans are intakes and the other 2 are exhaust [Scythe D1225C12BBAP-31 Gentle Typhoon] 5400prm
By the way all intakes have filters on them. Dust free case.

I have no fancy lights in my case. I do have a fan controller for those high RPM fans. I almost never use the DVD\CD drive. I don't have any pictures of my build at the moment, but I can get some if anyone wants to see. I did a GPU upgrade and I also added a HDD. Thinking about SLI 32 lanes. PCI 2.0 is still going stong apparently. I use video editing and graphic design programs as well as game.

I want to know that I would be getting a decent jump in performance that I would actually notice if I were to upgrade my current build. I've been reading about those new Intel processors a little bit. Sandy Bridge E and Haswell. Do anyone think I'll see a big jump in performance?
Edited by Kana-Maru - 3/31/13 at 8:57pm
    
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post #2 of 44
Um well by todays standards you seem pretty, well, standard. besides for your old i7 but many people still use that variant
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post #3 of 44
Upgrading your i7 wont give you a huge performance boost, and pci 3 lanes help but arent really necesary
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post #4 of 44
Thread Starter 
Man that was a quick reply. Yeah since PCI 3 is backwards compatible I didn't think I would run into many problems there. So upgrading won't give me that big of a performance jump in everyday computing. Only in the benchmark areas right?
    
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post #5 of 44
Yeah a newer i7 would perform marginally better on benchmarks but isnt really worth an upgrade.
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post #6 of 44
You still have a pretty good system, I don't think you need an upgrade if you're only gaming at 1080P. thumb.gif
post #7 of 44
Agreed, I don't see any need to upgrade. Your CPU is still fast enough for gaming, the mobo has USB 3.0 and SATA-III, and PCIe 2.0 isn't a bottleneck for current-gen cards.

I'd wait it out until the time comes when your rig just can't accomplish what you want/need it to do.
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post #8 of 44
Above average. Certainly still more than capable.
 
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post #9 of 44
YOu have a solid rig ... I give you another 2 years with a possible SLI or 7** card biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 44
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I see. Thanks for the replies. I haven't been following Intels latest chips as closely as I should. I'm leaning towards SLI 670. However I might upgrade to the 700 series if the prices are right. It all depends. I do plan to game above 1080p, but for now not really. 1080p is fine. I don't sit that far away from my PC so I don't need very high resolutions for the best graphics. Hell I sit to close it's like a blur lol j/k. Well if that is indeed the case I wouldn't mind keeping my build for another 2 years. I'm thinking about adding another HDD.
    
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - B Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - B Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - C Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - C 
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SSD 128GB RAID - A SSD 128GB RAID - A SSD 256GB  Antec Kuhler H2O 620 [Pull] 
OSMonitorPowerOther
Windows 10 Professional  Dual 24-inch Monitors EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300W x2 Delta FFB1212EH-F00 Fan 4,000rpm  
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - B Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - B Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - C Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB RAID 0 - C 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
SSD 128GB RAID - A SSD 128GB RAID - A SSD 256GB  Antec Kuhler H2O 620 [Pull] 
OSMonitorPowerOther
Windows 10 Professional  Dual 24-inch Monitors EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300W x2 Delta FFB1212EH-F00 Fan 4,000rpm  
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