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post #21 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-28-2019, 12:26 AM
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Thats not correct. I have a 1080 Ti with my 930 at 4Ghz and I play games well. My only limit right now is my 6Gb ram which I am bumping to 12 on Friday. GTAV, Witcher 3, AC Origins, Arkham knight all run well on it.

Tried it on 1440p and now 4K. of course at 1080p in some games there are bottlenecks but you're already sitting at 100 fps so don't care. But the X58 is still kicking butt and I don't plan on upgrading for another 2 years

Luckily my X58 motherboard came with USB 3 and SATA 3 which pushes any upgrade urges futher back
This is very ture. An overclocked first gen i7 is perfectly fine for gaming.

People don't realize, 5-10 years ago you definitely wanted the fastest CPU you could reasonably afford for gaming but now days it's more like, if you're JUST gaming, you really don't need anything special unless you want to do 120 FPS+ gaming... and even then it's more about clock speed than anything else. For 60 FPS 1080p-4K, just about any decent CPU will do. Even the pentiums with 4 threads do pretty well for gaming.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
This is very ture. An overclocked first gen i7 is perfectly fine for gaming.

People don't realize, 5-10 years ago you definitely wanted the fastest CPU you could reasonably afford for gaming but now days it's more like, if you're JUST gaming, you really don't need anything special unless you want to do 120 FPS+ gaming... and even then it's more about clock speed than anything else. For 60 FPS 1080p-4K, just about any decent CPU will do. Even the pentiums with 4 threads do pretty well for gaming.
Yeah. YOu'll get your outliers but most of games are fine on old CPUs. I thought wed be further than where we are rn but consoles gonna console. Current prices of parts have successfully held me back. But yeah this PC does just what I need. Only people that might need to upgrade are those that want USB3 and SATA3

I just hate when minsinformation is spread on the forums and people shell out cash for it. SOme people couldn't believe I've gotten by on 6GB since 2010. I've only needed to get more Ram now that I am gaming at 4K

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Had been running on OCed 920 and 960 for years. Just retired them in the last 12 months. The 920 always was easy to OC.



However, now I am running what I think it a 4th gen i7 in replacement of the 920 and it is a lot faster. (In my case I am using it for media payback (madVR))


Do not know that the current chip is because I got it for free from some old dells that a company was tossing out. I just recall it being a 4th gen.
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Quote: Originally Posted by zeroibis View Post
Had been running on OCed 920 and 960 for years. Just retired them in the last 12 months. The 920 always was easy to OC.



However, now I am running what I think it a 4th gen i7 in replacement of the 920 and it is a lot faster. (In my case I am using it for media payback (madVR))


Do not know that the current chip is because I got it for free from some old dells that a company was tossing out. I just recall it being a 4th gen.
define faster when it comes to 4K playback

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Quote: Originally Posted by junglechocolate View Post
define faster when it comes to 4K playback

Can't, anime is in 1080 and 720 or 480 and plasma is in 1080....


Faster in that I can use higher quality madVR settings before hitting the limit where you will drop frames.
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my 2 cents, i'd throw a xeon in your board, should support it, if it is able to support a 980 or 990 (should state on your motherboard site / most up to date bios)


i'm pretty sure yours would be able to do so.


it's a 6-core / 12 thread CPU , so you'd get some great performance through it.

here's a picture of how far I pushed mine lol
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cloudforever View Post
my 2 cents, i'd throw a xeon in your board, should support it, if it is able to support a 980 or 990 (should state on your motherboard site / most up to date bios)


i'm pretty sure yours would be able to do so.


it's a 6-core / 12 thread CPU , so you'd get some great performance through it.

here's a picture of how far I pushed mine lol
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I stuck an i7-980 (non-x) into my x58 build as it's last and final upgrade. Used it like that for another 2 years and was quite happy.

I finally upgraded because I needed more/all pci-e slots and had no use for the legacy pci slots on the x58.

The x58 setup is now my HTPC and is usually the one I drag out to LAN parties/etc.
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Quote: Originally Posted by acquacow View Post
I stuck an i7-980 (non-x) into my x58 build as it's last and final upgrade. Used it like that for another 2 years and was quite happy.

I finally upgraded because I needed more/all pci-e slots and had no use for the legacy pci slots on the x58.

The x58 setup is now my HTPC and is usually the one I drag out to LAN parties/etc.

Ah, so newer platforms all use PCI-E slots?

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Quote: Originally Posted by junglechocolate View Post
Ah, so newer platforms all use PCI-E slots?
Yup. I needed a board that had 5-6 pci-e slots, and there weren't many other options (Dual GPUs, plus pci-e ssds, plus pci-e 10gige nic).
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