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April 11, 2013 1:01:55 AM

I am currently running an i7-950 with a GA-x58-udr3 motherboard.

I have recently updated to the GTX 660 ti and I have added solid state drives to the build.

I definitely feel the motherboard is outdated because it has no native 6Gps SATA ports and uses PCI Express 2 when my GTX 660 ti can use Pci Express 3.0.

This build is pretty much capable of doing and playing whatever I have thrown at, but is the first gen i7 and motherboard bottlenecking the system and if so, is it enough to warrant upgrading the CPU and motherboard.

Thanks everyone for your help.

Thomas
April 11, 2013 1:30:06 AM

Well, unfortunately Intel updates their socket types faster than I change underwear, so if you where to buy a new motherboard, you should also upgrade your CPU to keep it up to date.

That i7 is decent CPU, but there are better ones on the market. If you have the money to do so, upgrade BOTH the CPU and motherboard together. 1136 socket motherboards are rather pricey anyways.
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April 11, 2013 2:11:11 AM

Why not just buy a new motherboard that supports SATA3? SSDs are underutilized if they are running on SATA2.

The i7-950 is still a damn good CPU. I wouldn't upgrade a CPU unless it was 3 years old. In that case, wait for Haswell and get the new gen board too. Only 3 months or so.
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April 11, 2013 2:17:49 AM

envy14tpe makes a good point, but, upgrading the motherboard now means you wont be able to update your CPU in the future. If you can wait a few months, you can get the new Hanswell CPU as well as the new LGA1150 socket motherboard that comes with it.


But if you are cool with your current CPU (which is still a good CPU), then just upgrade your motherboard to something with 6Gps slots.
April 11, 2013 10:01:39 AM

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts. I thought about updating just the board but it seems the 1366 boards are scarce these days and finding one with native SATA 3 (my current board supports SATA 3 through Marvel controller, not so good) and one that has PCI-E 3.0 seems impossible. Maybe they didn't make one.

I cannot keep up with Intel and which socket is going to be the one most future-proof if such a term is applicable to Intel. Maybe I should consider AMD. My second computer I use for Graphic Design and 3D design is a hex core AMD and it is strong. In some cases it out performs the i7. Certain programs like the 6 physical cores on the AMD versus 4 physical cores running 2 threads on the i7.

The i7 is in my main HTPC and gaming PC. Is AMD a viable alternative for this system? This is such a pain in the a$$ trying to figure out the best way to invest your money in the computer stuff.

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April 11, 2013 10:32:02 AM

I wouldn't say your system is suffering a huge bottleneck, but if you're really concerned about SATA III speeds, you might want to consider just getting a SATA III Controller card and installing it into one of your available PCI-Ex16 2.0 slots.

This Syba PCI-Ex4 Controller Card has a max throughput of 10Gb/s and should easily handle an SSD or SATAIII hard drive.

-Wolf sends
April 11, 2013 10:47:23 AM

Wolfshadw said:
I wouldn't say your system is suffering a huge bottleneck, but if you're really concerned about SATA III speeds, you might want to consider just getting a SATA III Controller card and installing it into one of your available PCI-Ex16 2.0 slots.

This Syba PCI-Ex4 Controller Card has a max throughput of 10Gb/s and should easily handle an SSD or SATAIII hard drive.

-Wolf sends


That is an excellent idea. Do you think my GPU is suffering by not being on a PCI-E 3.0?
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April 11, 2013 10:50:14 AM

I'm no graphics card expert, but I'd say *IF* your motherboard was holding back your graphics card, it would be very minor (>5% performance loss).

-Wolf sends
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April 11, 2013 10:23:50 PM

From what I've heard nothing can utilize the PCI-E 3.0 I mean if you have a PCI-E 2.0, right now, it will perform exactly the same as a 3.0 Games haven't been able to utilize it yet. Maybe next year. But definitely not now. People want the PCI-E 3.0 boards so they will be ready for the next gen.
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