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July 26, 2010 1:34:32 AM

Whats up guys?

Well on newegg I was going to order the i7 920 but they are out of stock or something....

Anyone know whats up with that?

Anyway, should I just get the i7- 960 that runs a 3.2ghz? and use the stock cpu cooler?

or order the 920 on like tigerdirect or something?

My plan was to overclock the 920 to about 4.0ghz and use an aftermarket cooler....

I'm a little hesitant about overclocking my cpu unless it is REALLY easy, since this would be my first time!


Well I appreciate the input thanks guys!

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July 26, 2010 1:39:11 AM

now isnt necessarily the ideal time to buy a new cpu, but anyway, you are going to want to either wait for a week or 2 for the 950 to drop in price, or get the 930 now. Overclocking is extremely easy with a good cooler and mobo.
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July 26, 2010 1:39:50 AM

What is the current price difference between the i7 920 and i7 930?
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July 26, 2010 1:43:24 AM

TigerDirect has i7 920 for $270 and Buy.com has i7 930 for $275
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July 26, 2010 1:50:17 AM

microcenter has the i7 930 for 200$ if you live by one.
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July 26, 2010 1:52:10 AM

bmark0610 said:
I'm a little hesitant about overclocking my cpu unless it is REALLY easy, since this would be my first time!
It can be super easy starting out with overclocking. Most X-58 motherboards come with software utility programs that will do light, safe overclocking for you.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard:
Gigabyte has a EasyTune 5 utility program with Easy Mode and Advanced Mode tweaking, including overclocking.
You can start out easy while you're learning and then use the more advanced methods that give you top performance when overclocking.
Gigabyte Easy Tune 5 User Guide
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July 26, 2010 2:50:56 AM

I already have purchased the Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard and I would be using the cpu with that....

Are their any directions on overclocking?

That 930 from microcenter seems very promising for 200$
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July 26, 2010 3:20:15 AM

930 is just an updated 920. No point in a 920 with the 930 so close in price.
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July 26, 2010 3:23:11 AM

yeah, which is why the 930 is a better buy. and the basic steps for overclocking are increase voltage, increase frequency (via bus or multiplier) test for stability, look at temperatures, and repeat until you reach too high of temps, or an unstable voltage. what cooler are you using?
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July 26, 2010 3:40:50 AM

probably the cooler master v8
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July 26, 2010 4:31:13 AM

Asus calls it's overclocking utility program TurboV and its an easy way to get started overclocking.
Very similar to Gigabyte's Easy Tune 5
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July 26, 2010 4:43:13 AM

bmark, the reason why they aren't selling the 920 anymore is because its been discontinued, and the 930 took it's place. The better deal is to wait, because towards next month, the i7 950 will drop to the 930's price. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gulftown-westmere-neha...

However if you don't want to go with these high wattage CPUs, you can always go with the i7 870, the reason being is that the 870 dropped it's price this month 47% to the exact value of the 860 and 930.
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July 26, 2010 12:10:49 PM

My motherboard is already purchased the "Asus P6X58D Premium".

I am really on the fence here about what to do...

Probably by this Friday ( the 30th) I will want to purchase everything else for my build... What to do, What to do...
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July 26, 2010 12:42:05 PM

its really quite simple, buy the 930. what will you be using it for?
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July 26, 2010 2:59:47 PM

Gaming mainly, Music, Video's, Downloads, Editing, Office...
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July 26, 2010 3:19:34 PM

Do you want to spend an extra $270 to move up from i7 930 2.8Ghz to i7 950 3.06Ghz?
Or $280 to i7-960 3.2Ghz?

I don't think so, not when the click of a mouse can let you overclock your i7-930 to 3.3Ghz safely and easily with your Asus P6X58D Premium software.
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July 26, 2010 3:27:12 PM

right. however, if you wait just a little bit, maybe a a week or so after friday, the i7 950 will drop to the 930's price. just info, but id say 930.
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July 26, 2010 3:49:10 PM

ya wait if u can otherwise i7 930 is a good deal.......
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July 26, 2010 3:59:01 PM

WR2 said:
Do you want to spend an extra $270 to move up from i7 930 2.8Ghz to i7 950 3.06Ghz?
Or $280 to i7-960 3.2Ghz?

I don't think so, not when the click of a mouse can let you overclock your i7-930 to 3.3Ghz safely and easily with your Asus P6X58D Premium software.


I thought you had to do the overclocking in BIOS... I didnt think you could do the overclocking with software within the OS...
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July 26, 2010 4:31:15 PM

bmark0610 said:
I thought you had to do the overclocking in BIOS... I didnt think you could do the overclocking with software within the OS...
BIOS overclocking is the most advanced method. The TurboV software utility option is an easier option to start out with until you get a handle on using the BIOS settings.

Read about Asus Turbo V here: ASUS P6X58D-Premium Features

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July 26, 2010 5:18:31 PM

yeah, most decent mobos come with software that makes overclocking very easy, however the BIOS is the most advanced and informative way to do it. do you know how to enter the bios?
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July 26, 2010 6:36:22 PM

OFCOURSE i know how to enter BIOS.. lol... I have changed things in there before and done some things in BIOS before, just never overclocked anything in BIOS
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July 26, 2010 10:29:48 PM

Where do you guys get your information that intel will be lowering the cost within the next 2 weeks?
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July 26, 2010 10:44:08 PM

ares1214 said:
HA, i can top that :kaola:  Buy and MSI board, press the OC genie button, and it overclocks it a very good amount for you. Id say it would get the i7 930 to atleast 3.4-3.6 GHz with a decent cooler. Not as good as manual, but pretty darn close.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Only based on my past experiences, I could never recommend an MSI motherboard.

And I'd say grab the 930 from Microcenter. I did about two weeks ago and it's phenomenal. Now only if my RAM RMA wasn't taking 3 weeks...
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July 26, 2010 10:47:37 PM

trkorecky said:
Only based on my past experiences, I could never recommend an MSI motherboard.

And I'd say grab the 930 from Microcenter. I did about two weeks ago and it's phenomenal. Now only if my RAM RMA wasn't taking 3 weeks...


erm, when was the last time you bought a MSI??? :heink: 
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July 27, 2010 2:49:42 AM

Lol he's right, although Ares, the thing with OC Genie it sucks at ocing because of the voltages. BUT! MSI boards are fantastic! I have an AM3 790FX-GD70, its a champ. To be honest I don't think any mobo tops it, cept of the course the Crosshair III but for the price its a much better deal. After all the Crosshair III is like 40$ more. Plus the MSI boards like mine are still getting constantly updated with bios updates, so its good that MSI still updates there old boards. :D  Not to mention the fact that there's the clr cmos button which takes the hassle of switching over the little tab like normally! And best of all it actually works!
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July 27, 2010 2:51:52 AM

i have the exact same board, with a 955, and its easily the best board i have EVER used. Asus makes good boards too, but MSI is easily in the top 3 overall. The OC genie is known for giving slightly higher voltages than needed, but hey, its with the press of a button, i wouldnt expect pro results. :lol: 
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July 27, 2010 3:16:15 AM

OMG ARES! I HAVE THe 955 WITH THE 790fx TOO!!
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July 27, 2010 3:33:56 AM

yeah, i love my system :love: 
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July 27, 2010 12:07:23 PM

Glad to see you are all bonding lol

Where do you guys get your information that intel will be lowering the cost of processors within the next 2 weeks?
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July 27, 2010 1:14:36 PM

yeah, it wouldnt surprise me if it happened very soon. however, if you live near a microcenter, im skeptical that they will lower the 950 to 200$ as well.
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July 27, 2010 11:17:32 PM



Those are already the prices for newegg and such...

I don't want to wait a week or two if the prices aren't going to change (from the article they already suggested change)

but if the i7 960 or even i7 970 will be reduced by 200+ dollars or so within the next week or so, I will wait....

Any other news??
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July 27, 2010 11:23:39 PM

It's the i7 930 you want to keep your eye on to see if prices drop a bit more.
No one is suggesting you even think about the other i7s.
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July 27, 2010 11:27:45 PM

Ohhhhh I was confused there....

Thanks for the clear up!

So only the 930 is supposed to drop in price?

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July 27, 2010 11:38:23 PM

aznshinobi said:
The better deal is to wait, because towards next month, the i7 950 will drop to the 930's price.

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July 27, 2010 11:56:18 PM

I think im just gonna go to microcenter and get it for 200
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July 27, 2010 11:57:18 PM

I think thats a smart move. Save's you having to wait and guess on when/if prices will drop more.
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July 28, 2010 1:43:33 AM

Naw, it will drop though WR2, lol Intel Taiwan already announced it. XD Tom's did an article on it.
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July 28, 2010 1:44:10 AM

Well, sorry for double post, but meaning the manufacturer, since Taiwan is were intel manufactures alot of there chips too
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