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Interested in upgraded my i7 930, but need an outside opinion.

post #1 of 8
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Hey all,

I am looking to upgrade my i7 930. My motherboard is an Asus P6X58D Premium board, which is the main reason I am considering upgrading my Mobo/CPU.
I have been told that the mobo does not have real SATA6 and lacks PCIE 3.0 so it may be bottle necking my graphics card (GTX 680) and ssd(Samsung 830). Not sure how valid that statement is, so hopefully someone here can shed some light on that. I would upgrade just the mobo but most of the LGA 1366 mobos I have found are just as expensive, if not much more expensive than the 3rd/4th gen i7 mobos. So that option does not seem too ideal atm.

I am also curious if upgrading from an i7 930 to an i7 3770k or i7 4770k is a worthy upgrade, or should I just hold out longer for something better?
Also what would be the better upgrade? I have heard the differences between the 3770k and 4770k are extremely minor and that the 3770k is a much better overclock, hence the better purchase.

On another side note, I do a lot of video editing and streaming and have noticed that my computer does bog down a decent amount with my i7 930. So I am not planning on downgrading to an i5.

If someone could give me a little insight I would appreciate it.

Thanks guys.
post #2 of 8
I got the exact same board for my 950 and while it was a beastlly board for it's time, it is true that it doesn't have true sata6 and no pcie 3.0. As far as bottlenecking a 680 i'm pretty sure it isn't even enough to saturate a 2.0 slot, the ssd on the other hand will probably see some better speeds going to sata6. Personally i'm about to upgrade to the 4770k with the msi gd65 board and some gskill 2133 ram so I should see some real substantial increases and it seems a lot more people are being able to reliably overclock haswell to 4.5-4.6+ as they start to figure out the little quirks that come with new generation chips. Ivy and Haswell prices are very close so I say why not just go for the newest stuff, just have fun with your build and if you can't get 4.8ghz oh well, it'll still be a nice improvement over your 930.thumb.gif
post #3 of 8
if i were you, i would hang out a bit longer and see what amd has to bring , its not like you got the worst rig in the world thumb.gif
post #4 of 8
the 930 is still a very capable processor, and that board is a beastly one. I say stick it out, but if you feel the need to upgrade, that is your decision.

The benefits you will get from upgrading will be so small they may not even be noticeable. the only reason I sold my 920 and got a 3570k was because I wanted to move from my massive case to a mATX case.
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post #5 of 8
Planning to jump to Haswell? You'll be disappointed in terms of a OCN upgrade ... Ivy is not worth it for a new mobo+cpu unless you got them really cheap
Haswell clocks lower than Ivy by 300-400MHz and the IPC upgrade is at best from Sandy to Ivy
It is more of a tick than a tock ... for OCNers
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post #6 of 8
680 does not need PCI-E 3.0. it runs just as good in PCI-E 2.0 slot. As for your SSD, moving to native SATA3 will increase sequential reads and writes for 830 by ~30%, while random reads/writes, which are more important in normal workloads are not bottlenecked by SATA2, but i doubt you will feel the difference in daily use, other than when moving large files around.

As for 930, upgrade will help with video editing, but other than that it probably wont be that apparent. I personally would rather save the money and wait for when Intel will release a 300$ 6 core, cause for now my Xeon (aka 920) is holding it's own.
post #7 of 8
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Thanks for the responses. I guess I will just wait it out.
Thanks for saving me some money tongue.gif
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Thanks for the responses. I guess I will just wait it out.
Thanks for saving me some money tongue.gif

Send it too me and i will keep it in a safe place for you. You made the right decision thumb.gif
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