Socket 1366 CPU Upgrade

I'm looking for an affordable upgrade to an old Gigabyte mobo with socket 1366 (Socket 1366 - Intel X58 - GA-EX58-UD4P). It currently has an i7 920 paired with a GTX 970 video card, currently the cpu seems to be a bottleneck, I need something affordable that would hold up to a GTX 1070 in the near future.

Any advise or suggestions are more than welcome.
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  1. The only real suggestion is overclocking. That 920 was able to overclock so well the other CPU for that socket are really not worth the purchase.

    A modern highly clocked Pentium would game circles around your current setup.

    50 to 60 for the cpu
    50 to 60 for ram
    50 to 60 for the cheap motherboard.

    I can't recommend another CPU for that socket, buy
    Half decent 30 dollar cooler and overclock to 4ghz.


    Even still a modern. Pentium is gonna be far better for gaming
  2. spentshells said:
    The only real suggestion is overclocking. That 920 was able to overclock so well the other CPU for that socket are really not worth the purchase.

    A modern highly clocked Pentium would game circles around your current setup.

    50 to 60 for the cpu
    50 to 60 for ram
    50 to 60 for the cheap motherboard.

    I can't recommend another CPU for that socket, buy
    Half decent 30 dollar cooler and overclock to 4ghz.


    Even still a modern. Pentium is gonna be far better for gaming

    Thanks for your reply. OC was the main idea when I got the setup and I did with a decent air cooler but the tropical weather where I live make it difficult. The PC would crash while gaming when OC.
  3. What cooler temps were you getting and whats your ambient temp?

    Cpu / motherboards can vary so my settings may not work but give it ago. Excuse the caps, i've just copy pasted what i had written in a notepad file.

    Make sure your bios is upto date and you can run cpu ratio of 21. Nehalem likes odd multipliers.
    SPEEDSTEP: DISABLED

    CPU Ratio: 21
    BCLK FREQ: 191
    PCIE FREQ: 100
    DRAM FREQ: 1149
    UCLK FREQ: 2298
    QPI LINK: AUTO

    ______


    CPU VOLTAGE: 1.27
    CPU PLL: 1.88
    QPI/DRAM 1.27
    C1E SUPPORT: ENABLED
    HT: ENABLED
    A20M: DISABLED
    INTEL CSTATE: DISABLED

    Just a note on memory speed, try not have it too high. I've had to back it off from 1600 to 1149 to make stable which isn't a great deal, maybe you can run it higher but if it crashes try lower it.
  4. 990x would be quite a bit faster bot stock and overclock if you could find a used one on the cheap, would be best to just upgrade mb and cpu

    Looks like they go for $200 on ebay, which is like twice what id want to pay for it.
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