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
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.
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.