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Old December 16, 2012, 04:08 PM
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Default i7 920 to i7 3770k worth it?

currently have a i7 920 @ 4.0ghz that ive had for almost 4 years now. im going to be upgrading to a GTX 680 very soon and I was wondering if you guys think it would be worth it to spend the extra $$ and upgrade my cpu/mobo aswell?
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Old December 16, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Don't know but I am in a similar Boat.

Going 3770 K an 660 TI soon as I can spring the Cash fore the CPU. water cooled

Running i7 920 and 560 TI now. air
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Old December 16, 2012, 04:29 PM
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If you find your 920 lacking, then yes a 3770k would net you some decent gains. If you aren't having any issues with your fps or other uses, then there is really no need to jump ship yet, as the 920 is still quite powerful. Here is anandtech comparison of the two at stock clocks (I would think there should be a similar trend between the two once OCed).

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Old December 16, 2012, 04:34 PM
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It really depends on what you do with your PC. I don't see a 920 at 4.0 to be lacking unless your doing something like streaming without a capture card, then you'd want something like a 3930k as x264 takes advantage of all cores/threads. But keep task manager open and watch performance as you game and see if your cpu ever reaches above 80% usage.

We can only guess, if you want a definitive answer as to if it's worth it then do what you normally do but with some resource monitoring applications open and take note if you see anything maxing out or bottlenecking.
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Old December 16, 2012, 06:55 PM
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currently have a i7 920 @ 4.0ghz that ive had for almost 4 years now. im going to be upgrading to a GTX 680 very soon and I was wondering if you guys think it would be worth it to spend the extra $$ and upgrade my cpu/mobo aswell?
Honestly, if your going to make the jump to newer .... wait the few more months for the 4xxx series haswell cpu as if i go by my reading vs the previous ones to it ... it will have some nice preformance.
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nice CPU increase? I was under the impression that we should only expect about 10%-15%.
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I think you'd be fine sticking with the 920 @ 4 GHz. One thing about Ivy though is the lower power consumption = lower heat = quieter computer.
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Old December 16, 2012, 07:32 PM
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wait the few more months for the 4xxx series haswell cpu as if i go by my reading vs the previous ones to it ... it will have some nice preformance.
they only change the memory controller and the IGP , so it will be about the same performance as the Ivy



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nice CPU increase? I was under the impression that we should only expect about 10%-15%.
The Ivy is about only 4-5 % increase over a Sandy
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Old December 16, 2012, 09:08 PM
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I also run a 920 @ 4 ghz and has served my needs just fine for 3 years now. Deciding to upgrade or not is best determined on what you use the system for. If you want to do some HD PC game streaming or high end video editing the 3770k or even the 3930k would give decent improvements. I'm personally sticking with 920 for now though (waiting to see if Haswell-E has any chance of existing)

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I'd wait for haswell.
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