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i7-960 replacement question

I am currently running an i7-960 on an Asus x58 lga 1366 motherboard. The motherboard is starting to fail under load, so I need to replace it. From looking online, this socket is becoming very hard to find and pricey. What would be a good, inexpensive alternative to replace it with, without losing too much in the way of performance? I was planning on getting at least another couple of years out of the cpu/mobo I've got, but apparently that's not going to happen. All I've been able to find in the way of motherboards for sale with this socket are $300 and more, for boards that were less than half that new. What would be the lowest cpu I could go with before the performance cut would become noticeable for gaming (borderlands, Mass Effect, Saints Row, etc)?
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  1. What do you mean by"fail under load"?
  2. cuecuemore said:


    alexoiu said:
    What do you mean by"fail under load"?


    Hmm, hadn't even thought to check Ebay, thanks. Nott sure how comfortable I am with a board marked New Other though. SOmething to think about.
  3. alexoiu said:
    What do you mean by"fail under load"?


    After I have been running a game for a while, it starts randomly dropping any hard drive other than the primary that spins up and starts passing data. The CPU is tooling along at a nice comfortable 44c, video card is about the same, but the chip next to the SATA sockets (I'm assuming the northbridge, but I could easily be wrong) is hot enough to cook on. And I've just nailed it down a bit more specifically: It is doing it with both heavy gaming and simultaneous light data transfer as well as with heavy data transfer with nothing else going on on the system.
  4. Can you mount a fan so that blowing air to the NB?
  5. alexoiu said:
    Can you direct a fan to the NB?


    it's directly under 2 120mm case fans. The chip in question is whichever one is under the big heatsink that says Asus on this picture: http://www.asus.com/media/global/products/AM2RChl84MZrKh6J/FDwq4q85Xm9UR514_500.jpg
  6. http://forums.pureoverclock.com/cpu-overclocking/13625-northbridge-temperature-related-bsod.html
    However, instead of buying a X58 board, I would save some money for a LGA 1150/1155 board and a CPU. The other components should work.
  7. alexoiu said:
    http://forums.pureoverclock.com/cpu-overclocking/13625-northbridge-temperature-related-bsod.html
    However, instead of buying a X58 board, I would save some money for a LGA 1150/1155 board and a CPU. The other components should work.


    Hmm. I'll swing by Frys tomorrow and pick up one of those coolers and try that trick, see if it helps. I was already leaning more towards getting a newer board/cpu, this rig is already several years old. I was wondering what a good cpu choice would be to keep about the same level for gaming, I know my i7-960 is overkill.
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    See if finding dedicated fans, like http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8375/1227101548.jpg
    I would go with a Z77 board and a i5 CPU. It depends on the budget too.
    A Z87 board can also be considered: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-haswell-motherboard-review,3524-6.html
  9. alexoiu said:
    See if finding dedicated fans, like http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8375/1227101548.jpg
    I would go with a Z77 board and a i5 CPU. It depends on the budget too.
    A Z87 board can also be considered: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-haswell-motherboard-review,3524-6.html


    I put a super high airflow fan as close to the failing controller as it would fit, and now the computer has stabilized enough I can actually use it, thanks for the tip, it worked great. Although it does sound like I'm standing on the flight line down at the airport. I'll start putting money back for a z77 and i5. Hopefully this rig will hobble along long enough for me to get it replaced. Thanks for the advice!
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