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2.8 ghz intel i7 860 quad core

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May 4, 2014 6:32:11 AM

Hi everyone, I was just wondering if the 2.8 ghz intel i7 quad core 860 is too old to buy say 2nd hand as a processor for my gaming computer, I will be looking to play wow mostly but I would like the ability to move onto other games when I want.

Any information would be much, much appreciated, thank you.
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May 4, 2014 6:38:22 AM

The i7 860 is indeed old, but should still fare up reasonably well in modern games if paired with a decent GPU.
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May 4, 2014 6:40:21 AM

I have the Core i5 760, which is the same CPU but with hyper threading disabled.
I upgraded this with 8 GB (to make a total of 12 GB) and a GTX 770 last year to run Far Cry 3 at its highest settings and Skyrim with mods.
I still haven't found anything that requires a faster processor than this.

I expect you'll get at least a couple years out of this CPU. I would choose it over any AMD CPU. If you want more than two years from it, an Ivy Bridge or Haswell Core i5 would be a better choice. It depends a lot on how much the Core i7 860, motherboard and RAM are going to cost you compared to a new CPU, motherboard and RAM.
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May 4, 2014 6:54:45 AM

Thank you both, the computer has 8gb of ram with a gtx 660 graphics card as well as a ocz ssd (120gb) and a 300gb hdd + a 180gb intel ssd, is that a decent gpu to match it? I just don't want to waste my money

Thank you both!
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May 4, 2014 6:56:51 AM

You can expect games to run very well with medium to high settings.
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May 17, 2014 10:20:29 AM

Before making the upgrade make very sure the current motherboard will support it, it MAY require a BIOS update, which will need to be done before the i7 is installed.
What CPU are you upgrading from?
I don't think you'll have too many problems with a i7 860/GTX660 combination, but you might want to think about overclocking the i7, upping the speed of my i5 750 (little lower down the food chain than VincentPs i7 760 ;)  ) from 2.4 GHz to 3.4GHz makes a difference in the more CPU hungry games.
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May 17, 2014 9:27:25 PM

Any i7 right now is still awesome
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