I7 920 vs i7 950

hello i am currently soon about to buy a computer mainly for gaming and i am fairly new to the high end games and was wondering how much of difference performance wise would be between the i7 2.66ghz rather then the i7 950 3.06. I know that most people would buy the i7 920 since it can be overclocked easily just as high as the i7 950 but i have no intension of overclocking since i do not know how too. So basically how much of difference in gaming only, not programs would 2.66 ghz to 3.06 would make. I can choose between an i7 920 with an ati hd radeon 5870 gpu or an i7 950 with a nvidia gts 240. Thanks for any help
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  1. i7 920 and hd5870 is a way better combo.
  2. Choose the i7 920 with the radeon 5870

    I'd explain it more about overclocking and whatnot, but that's not necessary. Even without overclocking the 920/5870 combo is going to be best decision
  3. No question, 920 + 5870.
    If you need more CPU power, just overclock the CPU, many owners running them at 3.6 or 3.8.
  4. Could you notice the difference between driving 100 and 115? The difference is actually 14.75%, which is generally enough to notice. Your mileage will vary depending on which applications and games you're running, and how CPU / GPU intensive they are. However, the 920 & 5870 is the better choice.
  5. ^14.75% performance difference for 100% more $. If you are a gamer then the difference between the HD 5870 and the gts250 is huge.
  6. iPhunk said:
    I know that most people would buy the i7 920 since it can be overclocked easily just as high as the i7 950 but i have no intension of overclocking since i do not know how too.


    Many BIOS's these days make OC'ing at least to a moderate level very easy. Many Asus boards for example have a feature called "CPU Level Up". One edit in the BIOS and you're OC'd, albeit to a moderate level of say 25%....everything else is done automatically.
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