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Thinking about building my little brother a gaming rig with my old gtx 460, and was looking at i7 bloomfields because they're dirt cheap right now.

According to cpu world an i7-920 has better single, multi thread performance and a larger cache than a phenom 955 which I currently use and works great for gaming, cad and browsing. Just wondering if it is too outdated to do anything considering it was released in 2008.

If anyone runs one I'd appreciate you opinion on bloomfields.

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 18
It'll run well with the gtx 460, check out techspot and their cpu scaling articles for details but don't worry about it smile.gif.
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post #3 of 18
I7 920 is still powerful, it just has very low stock clocks. Can be overclocked to 3,8 - 4,2 GHz. Will not bottleneck GTX 460 at all.
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Overclocked to 4 ghz they are still quite a capable gaming CPU, although they are pretty power hungry overclocked.
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post #5 of 18
Some of the 1366 Xeon's can usually be found even cheaper and were supported in a fair amount of consumer X58 boards. The real barrier to doing this type of build isnt the cost of the CPU, its that X58 motherboards are much more difficult to find and usually arent cheap. You are probably better off picking a current mainstream cpu/motherboard for the best price performance.
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X58 motherboards are expensive
Though the xeon x5650 is a 6 core that can be found for around $130. Makes for a pretty powerful rig, More multithread power then amd's fx8350.
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post #7 of 18
i7 920s are completely fine.

Clocked somewhat low out of the box but other than that they're still great.
 
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post #8 of 18
They are decent but if you are going that route get an X5660 or X5650. You can get an idea about these chips here.
     
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post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

X58 motherboards are expensive
Though the xeon x5650 is a 6 core that can be found for around $130. Makes for a pretty powerful rig, More multithread power then amd's fx8350.

X5650 Overclocked is still faster then a 4770K in multithreaded apps
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stay Puft View Post

X5650 Overclocked is still faster then a 4770K in multithreaded apps

Yeah but not faster then a 4770k overclocked in multithread, unless you have a x58 board that can push that chip into the 4.6-4.8ghz area. What Requires a board that is good at pushing the bclk.


I was going to get a X5650 for my x58 board, but a friend of mine upgrading to a 4770k offered to trade me his 2600k for my i7 920 + some cash. Just need to toss it in my rig. Wanted the higher single thread performance anyways, but would have liked a go with a x5650 even if it was just to test an OC.
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