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I built my rig in 2008 and the only thing I've upgraded since then is the video card. I think she has a little bit left in her before I'd like to build a new system. These are her main components:


-CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.67GHz Bloomfield (C0) Socket 1366 LGA
-Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R (Award BIOS)
-Mem: Kingston 12GB triple channel PC3-10700 (1333 MHz) 1.5V
-Vid: Nvidia GTX 970


I'm considering overclocking the processor to try and reach the 4.0 GHz mark as some of the games (mmo/rts) I play are more cpu dependent. Since I only have the stock fan that came with the processor, I would need to invest in a new cooling system. I only want to undertake this project if it'll result in a performance boost that will be significant enough to be noticed in-game and have some impact on gameplay. I'd like to avoid a scenario where upon reaching the overclock mark, the benchmarks show an improvement that translates into something I wouldn't really notice while playing. Since I don't have much experience overclocking, I'm not sure what to expect or if my expectations are too high? How much of a difference will it make?

I'm quite reasonable. I don't expect a 1st gen i7 to match/exceed the performance of a 6th gen one but if that's what it sounds like I'm describing and/or to be unrealistic, please let me know so I can pass on doing this. It'll save me time and the money I'd spend on the cooling system I could contribute to the new rig. However, if this is an achievable goal, then the "little bit" my current system has left would equate to several years and be worth it to me.

Thanks and sorry if the post sounds a bit too subjective but I hope my point came across?
Edited by analogital - 11/8/15 at 3:25pm
post #2 of 12
You should be able to get a noticeable increase in performance if you overclock that CPU and set the memory speed and timings to their optimum settings. You can use something like CPU-Z to check the timing table and also to confirm the RAM is running at those settings. If you look around you can probably find a decent heatpipe cooler in the $20-$30 range that is more than adequate for the job without breaking the bank. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all of the other sales around you shouldn't even need to pay full price.
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Yes the 920 is still worth overclocking and the results are very noticeable in games. You should be able to reach 3.2GHz - 3.4GHz even on the stock cooler (though it would be hot and loud.)

With an high end air cooler (like an Silver Arrow) you could probably reach something like 3.7Ghz - 3.9Ghz. Be warned though the C0 is the older stepping and thus is the version that is harder to OC as it needs more vcore.
    
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Appreciate the replies.

I believe I'll do it. One last thing, you recommended some higher end air coolers but will the water ones work as well for what I'll be doing? I checked Newegg and Amazon and a few all-in-one self contained water coolers are listed for about $50-60 (Corsair, Cooler Master, Silver Stone, and such).
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Appreciate the replies.

I believe I'll do it. One last thing, you recommended some higher end air coolers but will the water ones work as well for what I'll be doing? I checked Newegg and Amazon and a few all-in-one self contained water coolers are listed for about $50-60 (Corsair, Cooler Master, Silver Stone, and such).

AIO's really aren't worth the price. The only time they make sense is when you don't have the space for a big air cooler.
    
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what about upgrading to as xeon x5650?
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AIO's really aren't worth the price. The only time they make sense is when you don't have the space for a big air cooler.
Better an AIO than a huge chunk of metal hanging on his motherboard
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what about upgrading to as xeon x5650?

This ^

Excellent investment as of now for the x58 platform
    
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Better an AIO than a huge chunk of metal hanging on his motherboard

Well.... That all depends on who you ask tongue.gif
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Absolutely worth overclocking.
 
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