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So, hear me out on this one, but, you can get a Xeon X3440 for like... $20 right now off Ebay. Could you overclock something like this and get a solid CPU for pennies on the dollar instead of buying a new chip? It's essentially the i7-860S, which is what CPUz sees it as.

What'd you guys think? Worth tapping into for better performance if it's only $20 for the CPU? biggrin.gif It's from the 1st gen i7 line, so I fail to see what the harm could be. redface.gif Could be wrong though. >.>
     
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Yup you can! Looks like people are getting between 3.8Ghz-4.2Ghz

If you are planning to build a new system with a Xeon. Purchase a E5-2670 for $50 or two for $100 - mobo will cost you at least $350 though.
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Lynnfield i7s are still pretty good performers. I used the i7 870 briefly with my 980 Ti and it was fine for the most part. Sure it is not a 6700K but it is still a very potent performer. At 4 GHz+ combined with a fast DDR3 memory it will be an excellent rig for gaming.

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