Should I upgrade from the i7 920 to the new i7 930 ?

As some of you may know already I posted a thread back when I first built my current system back towards the end of 2009. I ended up with a pretty good system for my current needs. Here's a list of the parts I currently have for those of you who don't already know.

CPU - Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping @ 2.66Ghz Stock Clock
Motherboard - ASrock X58 Extreme
GPU - HIS 4890 Turbo+
PSU - COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
CASE - Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower
RAM - Cosiar XMS series 1600 MHZ 6 Gig 2X3 (6 Gigs total)
HD - Western Digital 7200 RPM 750GB

Anyways though I've really been wanting to upgrade my system ever since I put together a Intel Core i5 750 based system and I realized that it was basically just as fast if not sometimes faster than my i7 920 system. I'm not sure though if I should go ahead and buy my i7 920 system some sort of upgraded SSD or go ahead and go with the new i7 930 CPU that looks pretty good on all of the benchmarks I was able to find so far. About the i7 930 anyways just let me know what you guys think. I've somewhat suspected that the reason the i5 750 seemed to run better than my i7 920 system does is because I bought a WD Raptor 150 Gig HD for that system where as I'm only using a 750 Gig WD 7200RPM HD for my OS drive on my home-build.
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  1. Let me get this straight. You already own an i7-920, right? If so, it would be about the dumbest thing I've ever heard of if you upgraded to the 930. You've got a great CPU already. Why spend $300 for a CPU that's going to have no noticeable effect?

    The VR would make the system seem a little faster, but if you picked up a 500 GB platter drive (Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB), that difference would be minimized for about $55. Or wait for SSDs to come down in price.
  2. Thank you Mad. That would be just plain silly!
  3. I agree with MadAdmiral. $300 for 140MHz?! Just overclock your 920 if you're craving a change.
  4. There was actually a benchmark that showed a .16% increase from the 930 to the 920.

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