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960 or 970?

Poll Results: What chipset do you use?

 
  • 14% (1)
    920
  • 0% (0)
    930
  • 0% (0)
    940
  • 28% (2)
    950
  • 0% (0)
    960
  • 28% (2)
    970
  • 0% (0)
    975
  • 0% (0)
    980
  • 28% (2)
    990x
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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
So I will be looking at upgrading my CPU here soon and have been looking around. I am rocking out a 920 right now, and I want to OC to at least 4ghz. The 960 looks like it can easily get the job done, but the 970 looks very pleasing, even though its a few hundred $ more. I am not into extreme OCing (just getting into it), and am currently running air for the most part (H50 cpu cooler, but that doesnt really count I think). I am not going to upgrade to sandy bridge, as I am already happy with 1366 chipset. My 920 has treated me well, but since I got a powerhouse mobo/gpu, its time to upgrade (started out as a mid-range gaming PC, now a high end for the most part). So with all this being said, get the 960 and put the saved money towards another 580 in the future, or get the 970....or dare I say it....keep saving and go in on a 990x?

If I do upgrade from a 920, will I need to upgrade my PSU as well? Have a 850w atm (see specs below). Contemplating 1000w.

I am not a benchmark fanboy, I don't F@H, and no extreme OCing...YET. I am going to look into liquid cooling within the next year or so. And I wouldn't mind being able to get up toward 5ghz (if possible?). For the time being, I am very big into high-end gaming with mild OCing.

Opinions/feedback please!!
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post #2 of 13
Again with the other dude who wants to upgrade from a 960 to a 980X,

honestly, your 920 is fine for now and for the apps and games that are currently out.

Why not wait it out for Ivy Bridge and spend your big bucks there?
You'll feel more secure about your purchase than you would buying a 990 or 970.
post #3 of 13
Depends on the money you have to spend.


Also, your fine with a 850w psu...


Like 8ball said, (even though its not up to us...) your upgrade will be very low, (not worth the money...)
Edited by Nilareon - 3/29/11 at 1:02pm
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post #4 of 13
Just for gaming?

Keep the 920, really you won't see a staggering difference with a 4 core vs 6 core.

If you really want to upgrade though, go for the 970 since it has the two extra cores.

No PSU upgrade needed. What PSU is it by the way? (AX/HX)

What I'd say is wait it out until Bulldozer/Ivy Bridge/Socket 2011 release and see what they have to offer. By that time you should have quite a bit of money saved up.
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post #5 of 13
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Haven't even heard of Ivy Bridge, did it just recently get announced?
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post #6 of 13
Just quick info for Ivy Bridge:
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Ivy Bridge is the codename given to the 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture. During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on September 13, 2010, Intel's CEO Paul Otellini mentioned that Ivy Bridge processors may be introduced as early as in the second half of 2011.[53] According to early roadmap details, Intel is estimating that Ivy Bridge will offer a 20 percent CPU performance advantage over Sandy Bridge.[54]
On the graphics side, there will be support for DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1, and Intel is targeting a 30 percent graphics performance and 20 percent overall performance boost compared to Sandy Bridge.[54] It seems that Ivy Bridge might get 16 EUs.[55][56] A new Panther Point chipset, to be released with the Ivy Bridge platform, will offer native USB 3.0 support, while Cougar Point chipsets will be backwards compatible with the Ivy bridge platform.[57][58]
Intel has completed designing Ivy Bridge processors and is planning to showcase them during Computex Taiwan 2011 in June.[59] However, the processors might not come out until 2012.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SecrtAgentMan View Post
No PSU upgrade needed. What PSU is it by the way? (AX/HX)
Corsair TX850w psu
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by waldoh74 View Post
Haven't even heard of Ivy Bridge, did it just recently get announced?
Ivy Bridge was announced a while back, can't remember exactly when but it was around the time of the Sandy Bridge announcement.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by waldoh74 View Post
Corsair TX850w psu
Yeah it's plenty, even with the addition of another GTX 580.
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post #10 of 13
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@8-Ball

Thanks for the info man, haven't heard of that before. Seems nifty.

Appreciate the feedback guys. Guess I will save my money and just OC the hell out of my 920. May just upgrade to a 950 then since I plan on putting my 920 back into my P6T and making a new media PC eventually. Currently using my old Dell xp 420 /w Q6600 as my media PC lol. Just gonna give that thing to a friend in need.
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