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Did I make a mistake getting an i7 870?

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Hey im kinda new to these boards, but I saw the i7 870 on sale at microcenter for like 230 bucks, which was much cheaper than new egg (was planning on getting it anyways). The sale ended that day, it would then go up to 290 bucks.

Question is, with the sandy bridge right around the corner, was getting this i7 a mistake? Ive been using amd for many years and my current processor is the phenom ii x4 965 (3.4ghz). Another question I have is, will the processors price be halved when the sandy bridge processors come out? That happened like 5 years ago when I got my athalon x2, was mega pissed.

Ill mainly be using this PC for gaming, no decompressing or video editing. Got 2 gtx 460's sli to help out with games like crysis and bf bc 2. Will i notice a big difference between the i7 870 and say the new SB processors in games?

Thanks
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Depends. Did you buy a motherboard with it? If you did, I'd suggest going back and getting the 950 and a cheapish X58 board instead. Will play much better with your SLI.
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Depends. Did you buy a motherboard with it? If you did, I'd suggest going back and getting the 950 and a cheapish X58 board instead. Will play much better with your SLI.
I did get a biostar MB with it from new egg. I was originally going to get the 950 but the 1366 boards were all more expensive than a 1156, especially with SLI.
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Hey im kinda new to these boards, but I saw the i7 870 on sale at microcenter for like 230 bucks, which was much cheaper than new egg (was planning on getting it anyways). The sale ended that day, it would then go up to 290 bucks.

Question is, with the sandy bridge right around the corner, was getting this i7 a mistake? Ive been using amd for many years and my current processor is the phenom ii x4 965 (3.4ghz). Another question I have is, will the processors price be halved when the sandy bridge processors come out? That happened like 5 years ago when I got my athalon x2, was mega pissed.

Ill mainly be using this PC for gaming, no decompressing or video editing. Got 2 gtx 460's sli to help out with games like crysis and bf bc 2. Will i notice a big difference between the i7 870 and say the new SB processors in games?

Thanks
Sandy bridge isn't much of an upgrade compared to i7s clocked very high. It would be much like a transition between a Q9550 to an i7 for gaming...if that. However the switch from the Phenom II to an i7 for gaming imo wasn't the right then to do. Are you able to return the i7? Wait it out for sandybridge as they look to be some awesome performers and overclockers. 8D But if you don't, don't worry about it. An i7 is still a great CPU that is going to last you years.
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Take a look at the open box section on the egg if you want to go with x58, or grab one on here. Can probably easily find a decent one for $125-$150
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You should have stuck with your 965 if you're only gaming.
 
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However the switch from the Phenom II to an i7 for gaming imo wasn't the right then to do.
huh? Just about anything games better than a phenom. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Produ...50.59.60.61.62
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yes.

return it and a motherboard if you bought one and wait 4 days then go back and buy sandybridge stuff for the same price.
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huh? Just about anything games better than a phenom. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Produ...50.59.60.61.62
Um, maybe you should reread the post. Silly. I didn't say phenom II was faster.





Anyways, AnandTech is one of the worse review sites for CPU benching. You must also consider the fact that a 60 Hz monitor will no output more than 60 fps. If he generates 80 FPS on his AMD and 100 FPS on his i7 for gaming then it was surely a side grade. However, it is alright, as his i7 is indeed fast (let alone faster than his previous) and he is still alright if he so chooses to stay with the i7 build. He is still going to game well over his monitors refresh rate and have a great experience for years to come!
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I checked microcenters return policy and they dont accept returns on cpu's for refunds

Oh well hopefully ill be able to overclock it a bit and reach near the SB i5 speeds. Judging by the benchmarks If i overclock it abit I should be pretty close to the stock i5 2500k speeds. Or maybe thats just a pipe dream.

Anyone know how much i can overclock this i7? Not use to intel cpu's, im use to my amd processors becomming very unstable after a 400mhz overclock (or maybe thats just a mobo issue)
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