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i7 960 overclocking, is it better than 920?

post #1 of 11
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Hi Guys,

I build up my PC in December and I got a i7 920 2nd hand from a friend. Honestly, I have not been very impressed with it compared to other i7 920's. Its a d0 chip and needs about 1.3 v core min to hit 4ghz.

Anyway, today I heard that a friend of mine is selling his i7 960 because he wants to upgrade to Sandybrigde and he wants R1800 (180 euro) for it. He is a total noob and has never OC'ed it and wont let me try to because it will void warranty.

I paid R1000 (100 euro) for my i7 920 d0 in December and was wondering if it would be worth spending the extra cash and upgrading?

If I do get it then I will see which chip clocks better and sell the one that clocks the worst?

Do you think it is worth the cash?

Thanks guys
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post #2 of 11
For 180 euros it defo worth a shot! plus u can sell the 920 off so you might be able to get all 100 back
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For 180 euros it defo worth a shot! plus u can sell the 920 off so you might be able to get all 100 back
Yes I should be able to get about 90 to 100 euro's back

Also I will be in no hurry to sell so can wait until I get a good offer

Any other comments before I seal this deal?
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post #4 of 11
It depends.

Is it D0 or C0? If it's C0 then no, avoid it at all costs. If it's D0, then sure you could upgrade if you want.
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post #5 of 11
Just make sure it works first and see if it still has a warrenty on it!
post #6 of 11
Best case scenario you'll be going from 4.0 to 4.4ghz or so if the 960 is a good overclocker.

Is 80 euros worth an 8% speed boost + the time and effort to switch the CPU out and re-overclock? Not to me, but at the same time there are worse places to spend the money.

If I were you I'd save the money for a future SSD upgrade, or for an upgrade to a decent IPS monitor. In all honesty you're not ever going to feel the difference between a 4.0ghz 920 and a 4.4ghz 960.
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post #7 of 11
Buy it, overclock it, sell the 920, and basically get a free upgraded chip.
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post #8 of 11
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Okay thanks for responses,

I am asking him to check if its a D0 or C0 and as soon as he gets back to me I will update

Thanks again for the help
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Okay thanks for responses,

I am asking him to check if its a D0 or C0 and as soon as he gets back to me I will update

Thanks again for the help
Lets hope its a DO
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Hey guys,

It ended up being a 965 and he sold it 3 hours ago for 150 euro's

Thanks for the help anyway guys
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