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March 27, 2012 12:55:07 PM

Hello,

I have a 3(ish) year old Dell XPS with an i7 920 @2.67ghz (Never OC'd)

I really want to have a go at building a gaming rig, and was wondering if I could use that CPU and build a rig around it?
I've flirted with a few things on newegg, and with CPU in hand it opens the wallet for other components.

So, can you recycle CPU's and if yes... Should you?

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March 27, 2012 1:08:37 PM

i7 920 is a great chip and one of the most overclockable in history. At stock, performance is not bad but nothing special. But at 4 GHz it offers near Sandybridge performance. Honestly, for gaming, there's no benefit whatsoever in buying a new CPU if you already have a 920.
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March 27, 2012 1:12:31 PM

agreed. great chip, designed for server use originally.
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March 27, 2012 1:13:19 PM

Best answer selected by KENAHS.
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March 27, 2012 1:13:48 PM

bwrlane said:
i7 920 is a great chip and one of the most overclockable in history. At stock, performance is not bad but nothing special. But at 4 GHz it offers near Sandybridge performance. Honestly, for gaming, there's no benefit whatsoever in buying a new CPU if you already have a 920.



Thx for the response :)  Now to choose some components.
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