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Upgrade from q6600 to i7 920. worth it?

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July 14, 2009 2:25:12 PM

Hey guys my bday is coming up soon I was wondering is it worth upgrading from my q6600@ 3.4ghz to the 920. I would like to oc it to 4.2ghz like some people do. I would just guy 920, x58 mobo, 6gb 1600 ram.

My pc specs are:

*G.Skill 4gb ddr2 800 @954mhz
*Vista 64bit
*Intel Core2Quad q6600 @ 3.4ghz
*Antec TwelveHundred full tower case
*Silverstone 700w modular striker series
*Coolermaster v8 heatsink
*Power Color Ati 4870 1gb ddr5 edition (800core/1090memory)
*ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
*Seagate Barracuda 500gb HD (2x)
*P45 ASUS P5Q SE
*Acer 22"


($99.99) OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($209.99) ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($280) Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= $590

Is it worth upgrading or no?
July 14, 2009 2:29:03 PM

alvine said:
Hey guys my bday is coming up soon I was wondering is it worth upgrading from my q6600@ 3.4ghz to the 920. I would like to oc it to 4.2ghz like some people do. I would just guy 920, x58 mobo, 6gb 1600 ram.

My pc specs are:

*G.Skill 4gb ddr2 800 @954mhz
*Vista 64bit
*Intel Core2Quad q6600 @ 3.4ghz
*Antec TwelveHundred full tower case
*Silverstone 700w modular striker series
*Coolermaster v8 heatsink
*Power Color Ati 4870 1gb ddr5 edition (800core/1090memory)
*ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
*Seagate Barracuda 500gb HD (2x)
*P45 ASUS P5Q SE
*Acer 22"


($99.99) OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($209.99) ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($280) Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= $590

Is it worth upgrading or no?


The only answer I'll provide at this time is the very best deal for a boxed 920. If you have a MicroCenter (http://www.microcenter.com) store near you, I suggest you go there to get the Intel Core i7 920, if you decide to upgrade to one, as the price is only $200! :-)

-- MaSoP
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July 14, 2009 2:38:21 PM

im just thinking if its worth the money spend, the only game i see benefiting from i7 right now is gta4. or maybe wait for q1 2010.....
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July 14, 2009 2:41:14 PM

You have a really nice system there!!! jeje

Anyway...I would look for some benches...and if there´s a huge difference in performance between your C2Q and the I7´s that justify those 590$ (which I don´t think)...then go for it...
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July 14, 2009 3:10:29 PM

I have an overclocked Q66 as well (@ 3.2), and have thought of making the same move.

My deal is that at home the most stressful thing I do is gaming, which is more GPU dependent than CPU. And so far, I can't fault my little Q~ship. :)  So I don't have a "real" justification.

I *do* have the burning itch to build a new rig, though. And I will likely do so this year. The i5 is supposed to be done in September, and the idea of having 16 lanes of PCi 2.0 on~die is rather intriguing for my particular needs. We all understand that current GPUs aren't anywhere near saturating a PCi 2 buss so from a total throughput POV I'd expect to see only small differences. But having it on~die has the potential to lower latencies considerably, and that does have some potential (in my eyes, at least) for a nice performance boost.

Of course, it's mostly conjecture at the moment since there's no real benchies of production(like?) setups. But it's interesting enough that I'm going to wait and see.


Besides - Car Insurance is due in August, so... :p 
July 14, 2009 4:09:54 PM

Hey why not take the IHS off(if you got the balls) then go direct die watercooling and overclock like hell then let it go maybe 2 years until it dies and then get some new cpu or maybe what will be at that time an old i7. I must say I think the i7s are great but try to get a D0 stepping! ;) 
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July 16, 2009 9:22:20 PM

actually i pushed my q6600 to 4.0ghz on that heatsink and capacitor blew off on my asus mobo, i got it rma'd for free LOL. im afraid to go past 3.4ghz now
July 17, 2009 3:52:04 PM

Must have been a *** motherboard, or shitty capacitors ;) 
July 17, 2009 7:54:21 PM

I think your PC is fast enough right now... you should't have any probles with any game up to date, so you might just wait 4-8 months for an upgrade... you might get newer thechnology at a better price
July 18, 2009 1:14:50 PM

Go for i7 920.Eventhough q6600 is good, u will gain more fps in i7 due to 8 threads.
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