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Got a i7-920 LGA 1366 for free, need help.

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Hi all, I recently got an i7-920 and an EVGA E758-A1. My friend had them lying around and decided to give them away. He mentioned that either the mobo or the psu it was connected to was faulty, so I have to test the mobo before completing a build. I've also read that 1366 intels are pretty much obsolete now. So first thing, should I bother continuing with this project?

I'm not trying to build the ultimate gaming rig, I actually wanted to know if I can turn it into a small pc for the living room and hook it up to my 47" led tv. I'd like to be able to play games on it as well, but I'd mainly be using it for browsing and movies I have on an internal hd. It'd be great if there was a mini-itx 1366 moard, but I highly doubt it sadsmiley.gif . I could use all the help I can get on this project, and there's no rush.

Thanks in advance!
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Definitely do it. I just updated to a 1366 build last month from 775. After all expenses, the upgrade was for free so why not? I can't speak on its performance compared to a Sandy or Ivy but for your intents and purposes as a HTPC, it'd be great.
    
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first of all, 1366 is most certainly NOT OBSOLETE. second, there ARE some very good m-ATX 1366 boards, like the Asus Rampage II Gene. third, if you have some extra money or parts to make this happen, DO IT!!!
    
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As Vlasov said, there are a couple mATX boards (Rampage II and Rampage III Gene come to mind) but sdadly there are no mITX. The socket and power setup too big methinks, as there are also none for S2011.

1366, while old, is not obsolete. P3 and before could be considered obsolete, but they still are used today. 1366 is still plenty strong for any task you plan to do, and even if it tickled your fancy and really need more CPU power, just fetch a 970/980/990x and get a whole 6 cores/12 threads of power.

I'm very happy with my Xeon+Rampage III Extreme setup. The only real reason i changed platforms is to use the Inthel HD and dedicate my GPU's to BOINC. I know i could've just used another small-ish GPU, but i'd be tempted to use it.
   
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Nice!! So I guess I'll ditch the current mobo and grab a m-atx, any others besides the asus rampage boards? I also should set a budget. Let's say $400, is this feasible? I have my old 9800gtx+, would that be fine or should I grab 660 or 760?
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