I7 920 vs 3770k

Is anyone upgrading from the Nehalem architecture to Ivy Bridge and if so what reasons? For the past 3 years i have been using my 920 C0 @ 3.8ghz and it has done a great job, however weighing things up on the 3rd gen i7's in regards to power consumption and performance is it worth the upgrade?

My current build:
Intel Core i7 920@ 3.8ghz
Patriot 6GB DDR3 1600mhz
Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme
MSI GTX 580 Lightning Edition 1.5GB
Corsair TX-750W
Antec 1200
1TB Western Digital Black Caviar
3TB Western Digital Green

Daily usage includes mainly gaming and Photoshop here and there.

Any suggestions would be great cheers.
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  1. Since you are running a overclocked 1st generation Intel® Core™ i7 for games you may not see much real value in changing to the Intel Core i7-3770K. However for the Photoshop there would be more visible performance increase.

    I think I would hold off on the 3rd generation Intel Core processors and add an SSD as a boot drive to speed up your performance that way. Maybe one like the Intel SSD 520 120GB.


    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
    Intel Enthusiast
  2. Hello,

    There's no point in you upgrading yet. Ivy Bridge isn't even worth it for you, it's probably only 1 tier above your CPU at its speed.

    Your still rocking a powerful system - why would you bother upgrading? If I were you I would eek every last cycle, bits and bytes that your computer can handle.

    If anything - I would suggest adding a decent sized SSD. Say something like a Crucial M4 256GB or a Samsung 830 256GB. That would make your system feel "snappy" and modern...almost like getting a CPU upgrade :P.
  3. Cheers guys.
  4. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Since you are running a overclocked 1st generation Intel® Core™ i7 for games you may not see much real value in changing to the Intel Core i7-3770K. However for the Photoshop there would be more visible performance increase.

    I think I would hold off on the 3rd generation Intel Core processors and add an SSD as a boot drive to speed up your performance that way. Maybe one like the Intel SSD 520 120GB.


    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
    Intel Enthusiast
  5. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Since you are running a overclocked 1st generation Intel® Core™ i7 for games you may not see much real value in changing to the Intel Core i7-3770K. However for the Photoshop there would be more visible performance increase.

    I think I would hold off on the 3rd generation Intel Core processors and add an SSD as a boot drive to speed up your performance that way. Maybe one like the Intel SSD 520 120GB.


    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
    Intel Enthusiast
  6. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Since you are running a overclocked 1st generation Intel® Core™ i7 for games you may not see much real value in changing to the Intel Core i7-3770K. However for the Photoshop there would be more visible performance increase.

    I think I would hold off on the 3rd generation Intel Core processors and add an SSD as a boot drive to speed up your performance that way. Maybe one like the Intel SSD 520 120GB.


    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
    Intel Enthusiast
  7. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Since you are running a overclocked 1st generation Intel® Core™ i7 for games you may not see much real value in changing to the Intel Core i7-3770K. However for the Photoshop there would be more visible performance increase.

    I think I would hold off on the 3rd generation Intel Core processors and add an SSD as a boot drive to speed up your performance that way. Maybe one like the Intel SSD 520 120GB.


    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
    Intel Enthusiast
  8. I'd have to agree with you on that one, I've got a 1st gen. i7 920 x58 chipset PC and upgraded the OS drive to SSD not long ago. The thing just screams now; real quick! I've also just bought a 3770 proc. machine for recording music on, that one's got a 2Tb drive basically hard to tell which one's faster. It's amazing how well this 4 year old 920 proc is holding up. I bought it March of 2009 when they were just coming out.
  9. if you want an upgrade wait for the hasswell!you got it oc so its very enough fine!it does not worth an upgrade like that!3770k is very powerful but you got a very good cpu already so wait!
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