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i7 920 and motherboard upgrade?

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Well, this is my first post on overclock.net. This subforum seemed most appropriate for my question, but bear with me if I am wrong smile.gif

I am currently planning on creating a new gaming rig. I am a student though, so I need to keep the cost to a minimum, in which case I plan on creating a custom built case (also just for the fun of it) and keep as much of my current hardware as possible. I definitely have to invest in a new gpu, perhaps upgrade from 12 to 16 gigs of ram etc, but I am without a clue regarding cpu and motherboard.
Currently I have an i7 920 mounted on a Gigabyte EX58 UD4, but I never seem to have trouble with cpu power except when doing renderings in CATIA.

However I am very much without knowledge in this area so my questions are;

1. Generally speaking, do you normally upgrade processors and/or motherboards with the same regularity as you would a gpu?
2. Would there be any problems or bottlenecks if I would continue with the current processor or the current motherboard and just focus on upgrading the gpu to something like a Geforce 680? I.e. is the i7 920 and EX58 UD4 still good hardware?
3. And what would the benefits (if any) of an upgrade on either cpu or motherboard be, if I currently don't seem to have any problems?

Also want to say that I haven't overclocked the i7 at all, but have a plan of integrating some hefty cooling in the new case for overclocking specifically. There also seemed to be quite a few threads about the i7 920, but none of them gave the answer I need.

And in advance, thanks for the help smile.gif
post #2 of 7
1. no, my current cpu is on the second generation of gpu, and won't be replaced for at least two more generations tongue.gif
2. no, the 920 won't bottleneck a 680, at least not in regular games tongue.gif
3. if you're not bottlenecked by cpu, keep it. there's really no need for anything better than a 920 for gaming with a single gpu.
post #3 of 7
You need to look into overclocking. The i7 920 is clocked pretty low and shows its age at stock (will probably slightly bottleneck your GTX 680) but it's still an absolute beast at around 4.0 Ghz. There's no reason to upgrade it - at least not right now. It's still a very viable CPU.
 
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Thanks for the quick answers.
Probably going to keep it then, and definitely look into overclocking it. I have read that it is a quite nice cpu for overcloking, but have never really taken the courage to try it, but that has to change smile.gif

And again thanks!
post #6 of 7
No need to upgrade, 1366 is still a very strong socket. Even at stock you wont bottleneck any single gpu aside from a slight one with a titan. Overclock it to 4.0 which most 920s did fairly easily and you should be good for a few more years. Desktop cpus are so powerful since the i series came about we are splitting hairs in the performance department now. Even on 1156 I see absolutely no need to upgrade for a while still.
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1. Keep the platform.
2. Do not overclock it higher than 3.8GHz
3. It won't even bottleneck GTX Titan at 3.8GHz

Cold and hard proof over here: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_titan_review,13.html
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