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10 Jun 2011   #491
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Intel Core i7-960 sale

Anyone still owning a 1366 motherboard with an i7-900 series processor (me ) may want to check out the this deal......

An i7-960 (3.2Gig) processor for $179.99. That's a good price and if I didn't have my 950 I'd be all over that deal

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The catch - In-Store pickup only. You'll need to visit a Microcenter store near you.

Not sure how long the sale will last as Microcenter tends to keep these sales going. The i7-950 went on "sale" in Feb for $199 and is still selling for that price now. However being that the 960 is a more powerful chip than the 950 I'm not sure the 960 going to be staying at that price too long.

Now, if the i7-970 goes on sale for under $200 I'm all over that one




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10 Jun 2011   #492
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Anyone still owning a 1366 motherboard with an i7-900 series processor (me ) may want to check out the this deal......

An i7-960 (3.2Gig) processor for $179.99. That's a good price and if I didn't have my 950 I'd be all over that deal

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The catch - In-Store pickup only. You'll need to visit a Microcenter store near you.

Not sure how long the sale will last as Microcenter tends to keep these sales going. The i7-950 went on "sale" in Feb for $199 and is still selling for that price now. However being that the 960 is a more powerful chip than the 950 I'm not sure the 960 going to be staying at that price too long.

Now, if the i7-970 goes on sale for under $200 I'm all over that one
I miss out on a lot of their deals since I don't have one close enough.
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10 Jun 2011   #493
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
...An i7-960 (3.2Gig) processor for $179.99. That's a good price and if I didn't have my 950 I'd be all over that deal...
I'm debating whether it would be a noticeable improvement over my 920. I also have a spare Gigabyte EX58-UD3R board here, plus the Ati 4870 I replaced last January. If i upgraded I could take the 920, add some RAM and a hard drive, then my daughter could get an upgrade, too...

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Not sure how long the sale will last as Microcenter tends to keep these sales going...
There is a store near me and I get their email alerts. According to today's email it ends on the 12th - this Sunday.
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10 Jun 2011   #494
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
I'm debating whether it would be a noticeable improvement over my 920. I also have a spare Gigabyte EX58-UD3R board here, plus the Ati 4870 I replaced last January. If i upgraded I could take the 920, add some RAM and a hard drive, then my daughter could get an upgrade, too...
Well if you consider the 920's default speed is 2.66 whereas the 950 is 3.2, that's basically a 600MHz difference! So yeah, I think you'd see a difference

On the other hand, If you have a good chip that overclocks well, you might reconsider.

Here's an example - I had an 930 (2.80) OC to 3.5GHz, but I noticed I could use low CPU volts, and thus keep temps down.

Then I upgraded to a 950 (3.06) and OC'd to 3.8, but noticed I had to use more volts to keep stable.

Now I understand that 3.5 and 3.8 are different speeds, but the OC percentage is about the same - 20% (650MHz vs 700MHz) - yet I had to rasie both my CPU V-Core and QPI/VTT two clicks up (more) - from the 930 settings.

Also running both processors at the same OC speed - 3.8, it seems that the 930 is the better overclocker (at that speed) than the 950. The 930 certainly use less volts.

Bottom line if you're an overclocker you could wind up with a more powerful chip, but not so great an oveclocker chip.

Anyway to answer the question - If I had a 920 I'd still upgrade it to a 960.

My two cents.
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10 Jun 2011   #495
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
I'm debating whether it would be a noticeable improvement over my 920.
Unless you do lots of things which are predominately CPU intensive, I don't honestly think you would see much difference.
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10 Jun 2011   #496
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Not much of an overclocker these days, and my gut instinct is to agree with pparks1.

What complicates matters is that my original Gigabyte EX58-UD3R croaked just as I was starting school last summer. I couldn't wait for the RMA so I ran out and bought a new one. The replacement (which finally arrived about a month later...) has been sitting here ever since. With RAM and storage cheap these days and a decent spare video card also on hand, the CPU would be the missing piece in a new secondary rig for myself or a big upgrade for my daughter.

On the other hand, my current rig was built to replace a Socket 939 Athlon 3500+ rig and I regretted not grabbing something a wee bit faster when I could. The fastest Socket 939 CPUs were still pretty high in price on eBay when I built this rig two years ago. (Due to their scarcity, I'd imagine.) Since Socket 1366 appears to be on a similar dead-end track I'm thinking this might be a good chance for what would be the last bump for this rig. I also don't see the 980/990 CPUs being dirt cheap anytime soon, if ever.

Finally, I'm also tempted to just sit tight for now and wait for a good time to jump on the Sandy Bridge bandwagon. One reason I'm hesitant to do that is that I anticipate a nice jump in income once I graduate, and would likely find that a good time to finally build myself that no-compromises rig we all dream of.
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10 Jun 2011   #497
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well for me the 960 is a good deal for a quick cheap upgrade since you have everything else. It is a stronger chip as well.

BTW I could argue that my aging 2007 Core 2 Quard Q6600 is plenty of fast for most tasks but I thought this was an enthusiast board
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10 Jun 2011   #498
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If I were you, I would wait. I'm on a Q9550 myself, and am actually quite happy with it's performance and plan to skip Sandy Bridge and wait for at least Ivy Bridge before I think it's worth the price of upgrading parts.

The biggest bump in performance is the architecture, I don't think the 600Mhz is really going to make much of a difference. I mean, I overclocked my Q9550 about 600 megahertz and aside from benchmarks, it's almost unnoticeable in 98% of real world scenarios. The only time I notice it is with Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD rendering and even then, it's just a bit faster with the overclock. About 3:20 seconds per 1 minute of video versus 3:30 seconds or so per minute.
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14 Jun 2011   #499
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Today only 10am-1pm PST

Crucial 300 64GB $89.99 Actual price no rebates involved.

Newegg.com - Shell Shocker Deal. Exclusive Jaw Dropping Savings on PC Components and Electronics.


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14 Jun 2011   #500
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Today only 10am-1pm PST

Crucial 300 64GB $89.99 Actual price no rebates involved.

Newegg.com - Shell Shocker Deal. Exclusive Jaw Dropping Savings on PC Components and Electronics.
Wow that must be good, judging by the eggs.
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