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November 17, 2013 10:29:50 PM

I currently have:
Asus M3nHT Deluxe
AMD Phenom II 965be
DDR2 x 6gig
Radeon 7790 2g

I have just been given:
Asus p7p55d le
Intel i7 860
DDR3 x 8gig

I am considering using the intel machine as my main and swapping everything into my Antec 300 case.
The main differences that I can see I that I would be going from DDR2 to DDR3 and PCIx 1.0 to PCIx 2.0 plus and extra 2gig of memory.
The swap over would cost me nothing except time, so basically is the fiddling around, I mainly play CS GO so I won’t notice any difference really but I want to use the most powerful machine at my disposal.
I was also going to buy a Sandisk Extreme II 120gig SSD but that could go into either machine, would the intel utilize it better?
November 17, 2013 10:38:34 PM

Go for it, the 860 is a great OCer, big step up
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November 17, 2013 10:53:13 PM

go for it man, it costs nothing. I don't recommend overclocking until you get an aftermarket cooler though.
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November 17, 2013 10:57:42 PM

man.... go for it great oc.....!!!!
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November 17, 2013 11:02:25 PM

Ok well the concenus it to do it, thanks for teh replies guys.

My gf will be happy as i'll stick the 965 in her pc. I am looking for a new cpu cooler but i'll use the stock for now.

I normally oc AMD's, am I right in thinking that to oc an intel i just change the fsb and up the votage if it needs it?
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November 18, 2013 12:17:08 AM

Well unless that is a K CPU you are not going to be able to up OC it very much if any. That said it will still be a good step up with out OC'ing it at all.

As for a aftermarket Cooler you can get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for a really good price they are very good air cooled coolers.

Over all I would say go for it you will be much happier and for free you can't beat the price.
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November 18, 2013 9:01:08 AM

bryonhowley said:
Well unless that is a K CPU you are not going to be able to up OC it very much if any. That said it will still be a good step up with out OC'ing it at all.

As for a aftermarket Cooler you can get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for a really good price they are very good air cooled coolers.

Over all I would say go for it you will be much happier and for free you can't beat the price.

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The 860 is a socket 1156 CPU that comes stock at 2.8 - it's not uncommon for the to be OCed to to 4 GHz and above - the coming of the K model CPUs was back w/ Sandy Bridge (SB) after the release of the 1156 and the 860 - the 860 is a great CPU

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