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December 24, 2012 3:25:38 PM

Hey all, in about 2 months or so once i get my taxes back i have something on my agenda. I was planning on getting a new TV since they are so cheap now (my 42inch plasma cost 1400 in 2006, now i can get a 55inch for 900-1000 :)  ), but i started wondering is my CPU starting to get a little to out of date?

I have a i7 920
12 GB 1600 mhz ram
gtx 670 OC
128 GB SSD
1TB HDD

What do you all think? obviously with the video card i like to play PC Games. Should i invest in a new CPU and Mobo, or should i be fine for another year or so? If i dont upgrade is it gonna hurt me with future games coming out this year?

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December 24, 2012 3:35:41 PM

IMO, you should be fine. Buy the new tv and send me the old one. ;) 
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December 24, 2012 3:39:06 PM

i7 920 is still very capable

especially if overclocked

got one in my second pc at 4ghz and it still does the business
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December 24, 2012 3:40:57 PM

I have a similar system as yours, apart from the graphic card -- I have an old HD 5870.

For gaming your CPU is more than enough, I see no reason for upgrading -- you still can overclock it to up to 4.GHz, with a decent after market CPU cooler like NH-D14 Noctua, or a Corsair H100i.

Your card is also very good! :) 

Are you having any problems while gaming?



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December 24, 2012 3:41:23 PM

If you do not have an aftermarket cooler that would be your best upgrade so you can overclock the CPU.
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December 24, 2012 4:18:26 PM

I actually have the h100, but my i7 was from a batch that runs hot, i have it OC'ed to 3.2ghz and with the h100 it runs at 37-40 C idle, under load mid and high end 50's. So i dont think i can really push this one up to 4ghz with safe temps.

Im not having any problems gaming also... i just wasn't so sure if theirs gonna be a big new thing coming up that would require a better CPU for me to run, but guess not. As of now i can run all my games i play at ultra / high whatever graphics.

Thanks for all the replies i think ill just go with new TV, maybe if CPU / Mobo drop even more in price in 2 months i might be able to afford both :)  Whenever i mention to wife about upgrading computer i get the look so.. lol.
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December 24, 2012 4:58:41 PM

X58 platform does run hot! :( 

The Tcase for the i7 920 is 67.9°C, which is max temps Intel says is safe, and "allows optimal system operation and long-term reliability" http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/CS-033342.ht...

So, I guess you can push it a bit further, specially with an H100! :) 

I see no need to overclock my i7 920 while gaming -- I have an Hyper 212 Plus -- I guess I am not losing anything, am I?

So go for the TV and the peace with the wife ;) 
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