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Picked up a replacement for my i7 920... will this setup be good enough to last 3 years?

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3 years is how long i've been running my 920, with ALMOST no problems. It has been OC'd to 4 - 4.2 for about 2.5 of those years.

I got the itch and decided i wanted to replace it, even if my performance gains are only slight, i would like this setup to be beefy enough to last as long as the 920 did.

EVGA supernova g2 1000 gold PSU
2 hd 7970s (1 under water, 1 on air. i've had these since they launched)
Asus Maximus VI Hero
i7 4770k
8gb corsair dominator platinum ddr3 2666

i could have gone for a higher memory speed but the price differences are pretty substantial and the way i understand it is the performance gains by going to the fastest memory, are very small, especially when compared with other memory that has a better price:performance ratio.

am i going to be ok for awhile with this cpu/mobo? I will replace the 7970s eventually but i am going to try to see if i can keep them running well at 1440p, until the next gen comes around.
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Yeah I think you got some good stuff there. thumb.gif Any plans for overclocking the CPU? A 4.5-ish GHz i7 should be lots of power for some time. You've certainly got a good motherboard for OC'ing. 8GB should be OK for gaming machine presently IMO. But for the price of 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum, you might have been able to get your hands on, say, 16GB 1600/1866/2133 RAM. It'd be more future-proof and be only a minor/negligible loss in performance. Just food for thought. Good parts otherwise, though. smile.gif
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Yeah I think you got some good stuff there. thumb.gif Any plans for overclocking the CPU? A 4.5-ish GHz i7 should be lots of power for some time. You've certainly got a good motherboard for OC'ing. 8GB should be OK for gaming machine presently IMO. But for the price of 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum, you might have been able to get your hands on, say, 16GB 1600/1866/2133 RAM. It'd be more future-proof and be only a minor/negligible loss in performance. Just food for thought. Good parts otherwise, though. smile.gif

thanks for the response.

yeah i kinda scoffed at the corsair 2666 but i had gift cards and i liked the little fan kit it came with tongue.gif

so i thought, why not, i'll splurge... i had already gotten fry's to price match the mobo and cpu so i saved another 50 bucks and didnt have to wait for it to come through snail mail.

overclocking is absolutely in the future, i'm not looking for max OMG numbers, i'm looking for a good 24/7 OC that will not bottleneck my gpu's when i get the OCs turned back on there. The i7 @ 4ghz was a rock... 4.2 was more picky but only in certain apps.
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Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD + (3) 160GB WD in Raid5 Rasa 750 RS240 Kit Phobya Extreme 200mm Heatkiller 3.0 Radeon HD7970 GPU Block 
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Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD + (3) 160GB WD in Raid5 Rasa 750 RS240 Kit Phobya Extreme 200mm Heatkiller 3.0 Radeon HD7970 GPU Block 
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In all honesty your 920 might have been fine for another three years.

Production and utility software isn't pushing hardware much...besides Bluray ripping and compiling, but it isn't going to be that much slower...and the average compile I do is maybe a minute at the most when I am at home.

When it comes gaming...I don't think CPUs are that important for the most part. There are a few select games that seem to become CPU bound quickly, but even with those a 920 would well above par. The oldest CPU I have in operation on my network is a Q6600 and I think it still handles most things just fine. The unknown variable at this point is that consoles finally got a refresh. So we might start seeing more CPU demanding games. For the recent past games had to be able to run on fairly limited hardware.
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In all honesty your 920 might have been fine for another three years.

Production and utility software isn't pushing hardware much...besides Bluray ripping and compiling, but it isn't going to be that much slower...and the average compile I do is maybe a minute at the most when I am at home.

When it comes gaming...I don't think CPUs are that important for the most part. There are a few select games that seem to become CPU bound quickly, but even with those a 920 would well above par. The oldest CPU I have in operation on my network is a Q6600 and I think it still handles most things just fine. The unknown variable at this point is that consoles finally got a refresh. So we might start seeing more CPU demanding games. For the recent past games had to be able to run on fairly limited hardware.

^ this. as far as reselling your hardware goes your board, if still working well, is much rarer than your cpu. 920 mobos are getting hard to find.
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^ this. as far as reselling your hardware goes your board, if still working well, is much rarer than your cpu. 920 mobos are getting hard to find.

chances are this rig will end up in my daughters room, or something...

i imagine i could have stretched this guy out for awhile longer, but once that bug bites you to upgrade, it's hard to stop it tongue.gif

in any case, i'm pretty excited about the new setup... just waiting on some tubing and i'll be good to go
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^ this. as far as reselling your hardware goes your board, if still working well, is much rarer than your cpu. 920 mobos are getting hard to find.

chances are this rig will end up in my daughters room, or something...

i imagine i could have stretched this guy out for awhile longer, but once that bug bites you to upgrade, it's hard to stop it tongue.gif

in any case, i'm pretty excited about the new setup... just waiting on some tubing and i'll be good to go

Heh, the only reason I don't have a I7-860 in my main rig is that I wanted to re-purpose it...and you can't get an unlocked CPU with VT-D on it any more. So it was either buy a neutered 2500 (non-K) or replace my main rig CPU. I have two I7-860's running now actually. Awesome little beasts and can be had really cheap.

However, if I said the upgrade bug didn't bite me I would be lying. I just ended up being disappointed with the upgrade...even though I truly wasn't expecting much, but I guess I was expecting something.
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