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Overclocking Intel i7-950

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February 18, 2011 2:31:29 AM

Hello,

I am ready to purchase a quality component, new system. Would I be better off Overclocking the i7-950 CPU and save the money of upgrading to a 980-X for $800 ?
Should I need to overclock with this system?

The system features an Intel 950 processor, Dual 1GB GTX 460 video cards in SLI Configuration, CoolIT ECO-120 liquid cooling, a Crucial C300 128GB Solid State Drive, 1TB 7200 RPM drive and 12GB of DDR3-1600Mhz memory. Coolermaster HAF922 tower running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, (will upgrade to Pro)

System will be mostly used for HD Video and photo editing, flyer production and website creation and will do more gaming in future.


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February 18, 2011 3:49:22 AM

I wouldnt go for the 980-x personally that is alot of money for the small gain in performance that you would recieve....for gaming there is def not a reason to go for the 980-x but you said HD video....does that mean encoding? Or just playing? If you encode HD video you might see some reason to get the 980-x but again I would personally not go for it
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February 18, 2011 4:11:31 AM

drums101 said:
I wouldnt go for the 980-x personally that is alot of money for the small gain in performance that you would recieve....for gaming there is def not a reason to go for the 980-x but you said HD video....does that mean encoding? Or just playing? If you encode HD video you might see some reason to get the 980-x but again I would personally not go for it


I think I will just get the 950 and overclock it if needed. System will handle the overclocking with the quality components and the liquid cooling. I will mostly be playing with video, but a little encoding, it depends. I have a ton of AVCHD videos from Sony HD camcorder, tons of RAW + JPG images from Canon EOS 1D-Mark-III which need editing for family and for business, have all just backed up. Got sick of waiting for processor (2.4 Quad Core).

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February 18, 2011 4:21:08 AM

950 ftw...spend the extra money on SSD..
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February 18, 2011 4:31:09 AM

System comes with a 128GB Crucial SSD Hard Drive, Sata III 6.0Gbps.
I have 2 Seagate 7,200 1.5 TB drives I will add to this new system, set up as RAID 0 drives, (I tried to recently upgrade older system.) 128GB should be enough for programs, This Crucial C300 is SATA-III, 6.0Gbps!

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February 21, 2011 3:51:02 AM

Sounds like you got the storage situation all figured out lol.....a little hint look at microcenter for the 950 they have them for really cheap like 200 bucks......pains me to see that lol bc i spent almost triple that like a year ago for the same exact chip :( 
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February 21, 2011 4:46:25 AM

would recommend getting cheapest i7 a good cooler and overclocking it... save some money.
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