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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 22:37

 

Don't get me wrong, my i7 920 is still working great even after 5 years. The only issue is there are some things I would like to get, and my motherboard seems to be a bottleneck. For instance.

 

I would like to get a Sata III Dock, but to do that I would have to get a Sata III PCI express 1x card, and i'm all out of 1x ports ... the motherboard only had 1. Plus my Sata III SSD is currently running in Sata II and some of my hard drives aren't even sata III. I also only have USB 2 and want USB 3. So i'm looking at a new motherboard. Seeing how my i7 920 has lasted me about 5 years, i'm either going to go big or go home. Here are the specs i'm currently looking at

 

Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K 339.99

http://www.amazon.co...=BX80646I74770K

 

Asus Sabertooth Z87 LGA 1150 Motherboard

http://www.amazon.co...us Z87 LGA 1150 224.99

 

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866 MHz (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9) $173.48

http://www.amazon.co...Z16GX3M2A1866C9

 

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 84.99

http://www.amazon.co...ords=WD1002FAEX
 

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 84.99

 

Noctua NH-U12 CPU Cooler 66.59

http://www.amazon.co...s=Noctua NH-U12
 

Total $975.03

 

I'm also going to replace 2  aging 250 GB western Digital drive's with some Sata III 1GB drives. As for the graphics card I already have a  GeForce GTX 660Ti 2048MB GDDR5




#2 tsupersonic

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 13:02

Nice. I had a i7 860 (day 1 adopter), and the PSU died on that system taking out the motherboard. It was a fine computer, but like you said, the motherboard held me back - SATA 2 instead of SATA 3, USB2 instead of USB3. Of course this died a week before Haswell was released, so perfect timing. Anyways, I am a day 1 adopter of the i5 4670, very happy with it - better performance than the i7 860. You should be plenty happy with the i7 4770k. 



#3 Grinch

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 13:04

Not bad. I'm still on a C2D E8400, GTX 260, 4GB DDR2 1066MHz RAM :p



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 18:37

Yeah, well, too bad X99 is still so far away.



#5 TheExperiment

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 18:41

I intend to keep my 920 til the universe ends.  Or til 2015.

 

We'll see how that goes hah.



#6 Salty Wagyu

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 19:35

I'd probably wait until the Haswell-E CPUs come out, the i7-920 is still a very good CPU. Sandy Bridge being an upgrade, but Ivy Bridge & Haswell not so much over Sandy Bridge.

 

Also this may be interesting reading for SSDs on SATA II vs SATA III: http://www.tomshardw...3gbps,3469.html



#7 cropcircles

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 19:59

Wow that's 5 years old. I really need to get my old tanker upgraded. It's a wonder I can run any new games on it anymore.  



#8 AJerman

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 23:54

Wow that's 5 years old. I really need to get my old tanker upgraded. It's a wonder I can run any new games on it anymore.  

No kidding. I just finally upgraded to an i3 from my Opteron 165. I didn't realize but I had that thing overclocked to I think 2.2 GHz from 1.8 GHz for the last almost 10 years on air cooling without a single issue. :laugh:



#9 Fahim S.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 23:57

Not bad. I'm still on a C2D E8400, GTX 260, 4GB DDR2 1066MHz RAM :p

 

E6400 here  :pacifier:



#10 Farchord

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 00:23

 

 

 

Don't get me wrong, my i7 920 is still working great even after 5 years. The only issue is there are some things I would like to get, and my motherboard seems to be a bottleneck. For instance.

 

I would like to get a Sata III Dock, but to do that I would have to get a Sata III PCI express 1x card, and i'm all out of 1x ports ... the motherboard only had 1. Plus my Sata III SSD is currently running in Sata II and some of my hard drives aren't even sata III. I also only have USB 2 and want USB 3. So i'm looking at a new motherboard. Seeing how my i7 920 has lasted me about 5 years, i'm either going to go big or go home. Here are the specs i'm currently looking at

 

Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K 339.99

http://www.amazon.co...=BX80646I74770K

 

Asus Sabertooth Z87 LGA 1150 Motherboard

http://www.amazon.co...us Z87 LGA 1150 224.99

 

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866 MHz (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9) $173.48

http://www.amazon.co...Z16GX3M2A1866C9

 

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 84.99

http://www.amazon.co...ords=WD1002FAEX
 

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 84.99

 

Noctua NH-U12 CPU Cooler 66.59

http://www.amazon.co...s=Noctua NH-U12
 

Total $975.03

 

I'm also going to replace 2  aging 250 GB western Digital drive's with some Sata III 1GB drives. As for the graphics card I already have a  GeForce GTX 660Ti 2048MB GDDR5

 

The only thing I'd replace in that build is either replace one of the 2 drives for an SSD or plainly add an SSD for the OS.



#11 OP +warwagon

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 00:28

The only thing I'd replace in that build is either replace one of the 2 drives for an SSD or plainly add an SSD for the OS.

I already have a 128.m4 ssd



#12 bigmehdi

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 00:39

Not bad. I'm still on a C2D E8400, GTX 260, 4GB DDR2 1066MHz RAM :p

 

I have a similar rig too. I'd  rather  invest in  a better screen, or some high end headphones/ speakers.



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 07:23

Hello,

 

I am still using an Intel i7-950 S1366-based system as my primary desktop at home.  One thing i did to increase its usability is to add an Asus U3S6 card to it.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky



#14 TheExperiment

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 07:25

Hello,

 

I am still using an Intel i7-950 S1366-based system as my primary desktop at home.  One thing i did to increase its usability is to add an Asus U3S6 card to it.

Cool idea, but the cards USB3 and SATA3 controllers are 1x PCI-E through a bridge on a 4x board so don't really perform terribly well from what I read.  Someone should've made a new version of that thing.



#15 Ci7

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 07:51

I'd probably wait until the Haswell-E CPUs come out, the i7-920 is still a very good CPU. Sandy Bridge being an upgrade, but Ivy Bridge & Haswell not so much over Sandy Bridge.

 

Also this may be interesting reading for SSDs on SATA II vs SATA III: http://www.tomshardw...3gbps,3469.html

 

 

I intend to keep my 920 til the universe ends.  Or til 2015.

 

We'll see how that goes hah.

 

 

Yeah, well, too bad X99 is still so far away.

 

 

this, this and this 

 

really ****ed at intel :(

 

prepared to pay and arm and leg for Hasewell-E/X99 , if i can get it now  

 

1st gen i7 are getting really old by now :/ went worthy successor as performer

 

Full USB3/SATA Express ports   FTW !!!