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I'd find out what process is causing those skips during bluray playback. Lots of times if you have an active antivirus with some sort of file protection or monitor it will hinder these things and create those spikes.

Chrome will eat some CPU in the background. I find it does not like images or anything animated on the screen especially gifs. So depending on what you have on those windows, your millage may vary. iirc if your CPU has a power save feature where it downclocks it during low usage it will reflect that on the task manager.
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920 is on par with a 3570K so its still good.
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I'd find out what process is causing those skips during bluray playback. Lots of times if you have an active antivirus with some sort of file protection or monitor it will hinder these things and create those spikes.

Chrome will eat some CPU in the background. I find it does not like images or anything animated on the screen especially gifs. So depending on what you have on those windows, your millage may vary. iirc if your CPU has a power save feature where it downclocks it during low usage it will reflect that on the task manager.

I've disabled all power saving measures in BIOS for the CPU. It runs at 4Ghz 24/7.

And you're right, the Chrome windows contain a lot of images, including animated banners -- those banners are important for my work so trying to disable them is not an option.

I can't leave Chrome. I love how it syncs up to everything so well -- including my phone.

Good call on watching out for what exactly causes those 50-60% spikes. I'll pay more attention, but I may recall seeing Kaspersky spiking during those instances.

EDIT: I just really hope I can make this CPU last until Skylake+DDR4 in 2015.
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I've disabled all power saving measures in BIOS for the CPU. It runs at 4Ghz 24/7.

And you're right, the Chrome windows contain a lot of images, including animated banners -- those banners are important for my work so trying to disable them is not an option.

I can't leave Chrome. I love how it syncs up to everything so well -- including my phone.

Good call on watching out for what exactly causes those 50-60% spikes. I'll pay more attention, but I may recall seeing Kaspersky spiking during those instances.

EDIT: I just really hope I can make this CPU last until Skylake+DDR4 in 2015.
Nah, I don't think leaving chrome is really the answer. 10-15% isn't that much. Trust me, look at my old rig. I know what happens when a PC shows its age. That is struggling to even stream 720p videos, or play a simple game without my CPU being maxed.

Your CPU should really have no problems lasting that long if Haswell is how it looks and Broadwell improves like Intel has been doing. You've still got an above average CPU, and software devs have to develop for the middle ground. Which I consider 2500k way above that middle ground.

You might even be in a good position considering the burst in mobile computing is kinda forcing software makers and OS manufactures to make their stuff less taxing.
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Nah, I don't think leaving chrome is really the answer. 10-15% isn't that much. Trust me, look at my old rig. I know what happens when a PC shows its age. That is struggling to even stream 720p videos, or play a simple game without my CPU being maxed.

Your CPU should really have no problems lasting that long if Haswell is how it looks and Broadwell improves like Intel has been doing. You've still got an above average CPU, and software devs have to develop for the middle ground. Which I consider 2500k way above that middle ground.

You might even be in a good position considering the burst in mobile computing is kinda forcing software makers and OS manufactures to make their stuff less taxing.

Granted, I am doing more computing nowadays than ever before but I miss those days of 2-4% idling. I suppose the 920 is showing its age but not as significantly as I was worried.

I'll keep an eye out for what causes those video playback spikes. Beyond that -- hope the Win8 Blue update makes things run smoother. I do love the multi monitor support of Windows 8.
     
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Granted, I am doing more computing nowadays than ever before but I miss those days of 2-4% idling. I suppose the 920 is showing its age but not as significantly as I was worried.

I'll keep an eye out for what causes those video playback spikes. Beyond that -- hope the Win8 Blue update makes things run smoother. I do love the multi monitor support of Windows 8.
Yeah I wouldn't really worry unless you were really pushing your CPU with rendering or something. Thats probably the only time I contemplate going to SB-E lol.
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Keep in mind an unstable overclock can actually give you worse performance than stock on some programs.

Windows is perfectly capable of running with a fairly unstable overclock, so the fact that "everything works and nothing crashes" isn't the best guide to go by, even though it's what most people use.

If you think there is any chance this might be your issue, save your BIOS settings and then revert to stock for a trial run with chrome, media player classic, and whatever else is giving you issues. Even at stock, a i7 920 should be more than enough for web browsing and video playback - even my core 2 duo can do that!
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Urgh! 10 - 15 % of my cpu is being used ? What you have just described, what do you expect? Try and get it to use 100% and see what you would have to open

Nothing wrong with the i7920 even if you didn't clock it.

That chip is just ticking over thumb.gif
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Basically what everyone else said. For the blu-ray playback though, since you're already using MPC, you could grab MadVR. It's a better renderer than MPC's default and offloads most of the work to your GPU.
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Yeah I wouldn't really worry unless you were really pushing your CPU with rendering or something. Thats probably the only time I contemplate going to SB-E lol.

I have to do rendering now for a short while, but I don't see myself rendering again once this current 3D mockup is finished.
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Keep in mind an unstable overclock can actually give you worse performance than stock on some programs.

Windows is perfectly capable of running with a fairly unstable overclock, so the fact that "everything works and nothing crashes" isn't the best guide to go by, even though it's what most people use.

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True. I haven't done a 12hr Prime95 test in over 2 years. CPUs do degrade over time.
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Basically what everyone else said. For the blu-ray playback though, since you're already using MPC, you could grab MadVR. It's a better renderer than MPC's default and offloads most of the work to your GPU.

Yea I'm already using MadVR lol -- Spline (3 tap) for upscaling.
     
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Core i7 920 D0 - 3.6GHz @1.27v Asus P6T SE Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 OC @ 1075Mhz 24GB Corsair Vengeance Triple Channel DDR3 1600... 
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Samsung 840 120GB (+8.5TB Storage) LG Super-Multi DVD-RW Noctua NH-U12P Windows 10 x64 
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Samsung UN60J6200 60" LED TV Logitech K830 Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Yamaha RX-A810 Receiver 5.1 Klipsh Speakers / Polk Subwoofer Fan Controller + Scythe UK3000s 
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