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Core i7: Now or Later?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by FordGT90Concept, Feb 19, 2009.

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Upgrade now or later?

  1. No sense waiting for technology (now).

    12 vote(s)
    26.7%
  2. Wait for Core i7 D0 stepping (mid-late March).

    8 vote(s)
    17.8%
  3. Wait for x58 B3 stepping (mid-late April).

    13 vote(s)
    28.9%
  4. Indifferent.

    12 vote(s)
    26.7%
  1. FordGT90Concept

    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    I'm ready to buy now but I can't decide whether or not I should wait for the new steppings. Planned parts:

    1 x Core i7 920 (C0 or D0)
    3 x 2 GiB OCZ Gold DDR3-1600
    1 x Asus P6T (x58 B2)

    Vote on the poll...


    The computer that will be upgraded is in my System Specs.
     
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    asus x58's are starting to look bad. go for a DFI

    dont need expensive ddr3 either. just get cheap crucial 1066mhz sticks like me. they hit 2000mhz easy and cost only $60
     
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    I am waiting for mid-late march for my refund anyways why not get the new stepping
     
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    its all in the mobo... not the cpu. you cant go much over 4.6ghz with a 920 cause the QPI gets out of its operating range. new stepping wont solve that.
     
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    new steppings will fix some of the TLB issues and improve the IMC... so later.
     
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    i got my DFI for $200 shipped

    $50 for 3x1gb ram

    and 920 for $220

    thats $470.

    assuming you have a computer already... the rest of the parts you should already have.
     
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    From what i heard the new stepping is just cosmetic, no electronics./

    get a bloodrage :rockout:BLOODRAGE

    skip the asus, like fit said, they need better bios and pwm


    :rockout:
     
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    DFI have been my favorite for a nice long time and still are. ....But i do like the stability this AsusP6T deluxe is giving me nice and rock steady at 4.2GHZ (better cooling and it would be even higher)Go for it ...I bet you'll be glad you did.
     
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    i'd say wait for the new stepping of the 920... why go with the older one when the newer one is so close?
     
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    but you never know ...I remember last Quads...the first stepping Q6600 clocked better than the later.
     
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    The first stepping of the Q6600 was teh B3 and depending on the board clocked like shit. Then the G0 came out and they clocked better with better temps. Then the third round of Q66's came out and they clocked for shit.

    If its only cosmetic changes, just get it now.
     
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    read the erratas, all TLB issues have been fixed with motherboard bios updates. IMC improvements have yet to be brought to the table. The revision is to specify which chips are made via the new more eco friendly manufacturing process.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    What DFI?

    I need 6 GiB memory and preferable of the DDR3-1600 variety so if I do decide to drop another processor in later on, I won't have to get more memory. The difference between DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 is only like $10 so its foolish not to.

    I don't intend to overclock anything at all (except maybe fans XD).
     
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    you DONT need 1600mhz ram. its just a lable and SPD program. its no different from the sticks i have.

    x58-t3eh6
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    Needs PS/2 mouse and keyboard (I use KVM).
     
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    can't wait till the evga "classified" comes out!
     
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    Fit... how the hell did you get a 200$ deal on DFI? and 220$ on the 920?
     
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    Not sure what that is but they do make USB to PS/2 converters. I highly recommend that EVGA board, I know a few people that have it and it's pretty sweet. Even broke some OCing records.
     
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    ever try looking? thats all you have to do. not trying to be mean but it seems no one shops around anymore. they just click and buy.
     
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    Fit... you have an eye for deals :p but srsly... I'm pretty sure most ppl will have hard time finding a 300$ board for 2/3rds of its price as well as the i7 for 220$...
     
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    I'll be upgrading in April-May time so I say then.
     
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    microcenter and frys both have i7 920's for $229. how do you miss a deal like that?

    there are lots of used ones for $220 or so as well.

    as for the boards... just look in other forums. everyone seems to be selling them. i could find 10 in the next 15mins if you wanted to get one that bad.

    all im saying is STOP paying the price that newegg has listed and look for an actual deal. openbox at newegg is the first place i'd look. then look at hardforums, evga marketplace, OCN, XS, anandtech, etc.
     
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    Fits the man! yea I don't live in the US atm... so that's why I missed microcenter and frys... thxs for the tips :D
     

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