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I7 920 vs i7 950

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October 26, 2009 11:08:37 PM

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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October 26, 2009 11:22:34 PM

i7 920 and hd5870 is a way better combo.
October 26, 2009 11:25:20 PM

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
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October 26, 2009 11:26:52 PM

No question, 920 + 5870.
If you need more CPU power, just overclock the CPU, many owners running them at 3.6 or 3.8.
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October 26, 2009 11:27:05 PM

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.
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October 26, 2009 11:57:06 PM

^14.75% performance difference for 100% more $. If you are a gamer then the difference between the HD 5870 and the gts250 is huge.
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October 26, 2009 11:59:08 PM

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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