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ok, I haven't upgrade for over a year now and I don’t know what to do...

I’m thinking of upgrading from the i920 to the i970, as well as upgrading from the rampage II to the III, and lastly upgrading from 6 sticks of 12gb ram to 3 sticks of 12gb ram. End goal is around 4.5ghzish, current chip can do 4.6

Worth the upgrade or should I wait for the next gen of Intel cpu's to come? And does anyone have any info on them at all?
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Originally Posted by ArmenianLegend;11934535 
ok, I haven't upgrade for over a year now and I don’t know what to do...

I’m thinking of upgrading from the i920 to the i970, as well as upgrading from the rampage II to the III, and lastly upgrading from 6 sticks of 12gb ram to 3 sticks of 12gb ram. End goal is around 4.5ghzish, current chip can do 4.6

Worth the upgrade or should I wait for the next gen of Intel cpu's to come? And does anyone have any info on them at all?

Hmm, tricky situation. Honestly, if your system does what you want it to do, I would hold off. Bulldozer is a few months away, and ivy bridge should be coming later this year/early next year, which should bring a new level of performance.

Upgrading now imo would be kind of like a side-grade.
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4.4 GHz with HT on is going to be hard to beat. If you can get the i7 970 for only a few hundred bucks, though, it might be worth the upgrade. But if you have to pay full retail, meaning ~$800, then no way is it worth two extra cores.

As for your RAM and mainboard upgrades - why? Are you limited on timings and frequencies because you're using 6 DIMM? Does the Rampage II lack features offered by the Rampage III?

You're talking about spending a lot of money. Best to wait for the next greatest thing.
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Originally Posted by kremtok;11934577 
You're talking about spending a lot of money. Best to wait for the next greatest thing.

Very true statement here.
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Originally Posted by kremtok;11934577 
4.4 GHz with HT on is going to be hard to beat. If you can get the i7 970 for only a few hundred bucks, though, it might be worth the upgrade. But if you have to pay full retail, meaning ~$800, then no way is it worth two extra cores.

As for your RAM and mainboard upgrades - why? Are you limited on timings and frequencies because you're using 6 DIMM? Does the Rampage II lack features offered by the Rampage III?

You're talking about spending a lot of money. Best to wait for the next greatest thing.

I can find one for around the $500 mark. As for the mobo, it can’t utilize any mem over 1866mhz so I’m stuck with max of around 1650sh mem on oc(4.4ghz).
I also wanted a sata 6 for the new vertex 3's that are going to come out and for the memory I figured the less dimms the better, better oc ,more stable and better airflow/cooling.

You guys think I should just get the cpu at around that price? Will ivy bridge even be using the x58 chipset or it needs a new set of everything all over again?

Thank you for all the replies
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Couple of points.

First, $500 to replace an arguably golden i7 920 is not worth it in my opinion. $300 or less, then certainly, but not at that price point.

Second, you won't get near as much benefit as you are hoping for in overclocking your memory unless you're into competitive benchmarking. In that same vein, the mainboard probably isn't your limitation, though if SATA 6GB is a feature you're willing to pay for, that might make it worth your while.

Third, to answer your question, Ivy Bridge will use a new CPU socket, LGA 2011, and a new chipset to go along with it. That means you won't be sticking an Ivy Bridge CPU into either a Rampage II or III.

Last, if you're going to spend any money on your sig rig, then use it on the GPU. Do you really have 12GB of RAM and a GTS 250? I'm not sure where your priorities lie, but that just does not compute, friend.

Best of luck to you!
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I'd take a new gpu over the 970 and its locked multiplier...unless it's ht-heavy applications you are running (video/sound editing...maybe RAW photo editing) I wouldn't think the extra 2 cores/4 threads necessary.
Edited by Mongol - 1/8/11 at 4:18pm
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The GPU part confused me too...you have a crazy powerful system, but I would move away from the GTS 250 if I were you. 460/470 plus the 250 for Physx would be a good route.
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Thanks guys, ya I used to have dual 5970 4gb's lol I sold them, needed the money for upgrading my car, so now I'm stuck with my old GTS250 and 9600gt, I run a lot of vmwares/servers/renderings, and am more dependent on cpu/ram then gpu so I wont be upgrading the gpu for maybe another 6months.

But thanks for all the help i guess ill wait a little long on the new chip! looks very promising.
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