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Is it worth upgrading to a 6 core yet?

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Stick to a 4 core or upgrade to a 6 core?
 

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Your I7 will still beat a AMD six core in gaming but performs slightly slower than the i7-970 6 core due to it being based on newer tech (Gulftown 32NM). I would stick with what you have for a while.
 
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Nope theres no innovation in the CPU market beyond sandy bridge 2700k on the intel front and Phenom II X6 1100T on the AMD front. CPUs are stagnant. Save money for now. Or buy a used i5 Sandy off ebay and a z68 or z77 mobo.
 
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Generally a 4 core is enough. Still though even a dual core is enough for most things. We need context. What application will you be using it for, gaming?
 
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Generally a 4 core is enough. Still though even a dual core is enough for most things. We need context. What application will you be using it for, gaming?
Yes gaming mostly.
 
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Quad core is fine then. If you are thinking about upgraded your system I would do you gpu first.
 

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Nope theres no innovation in the CPU market beyond sandy bridge 2700k on the intel front and Phenom II X6 1100T on the AMD front. CPUs are stagnant. Save money for now. Or buy a used i5 Sandy off ebay and a z68 or z77 mobo.
This makes little sense, unless you are only looking at IPC and literally NOTHING else.
 
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Lots of modern games use 6+ cores. Also, its nice to multitask and never get slowed down.
 
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Lots of modern games use 6+ cores. Also, its nice to multitask and never get slowed down.
takes a little bit to slow down a 4 ghz 4core/8thread Nehalem
 
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Unless you are doing heavily threaded, heavily optimized work like 3d modeling there is no reason to have more than 4 cores right now. It's like having multiple Video Cards, 2 core = 1 gpu, 4 core = 2 gpu, 6 core = 3 gpu and 8 core = 4 gpu. They don't scale well unless the application is specifically optimized for them. Otherwise you're just allowing the horribly inefficient OS/CPU to divvy up the processing power and it just isn't very good at it. This is why Intel is better at gaming, their architechture is better at that type of calculation (pure power) while AMD is more focused on being efficient while highly threaded.

For gaming 4 core will remain the best until it goes the way of the dual core and is completely replaced in mainstream machines...
 
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Unless you are doing heavily threaded, heavily optimized work like 3d modeling there is no reason to have more than 4 cores right now. It's like having multiple Video Cards, 2 core = 1 gpu, 4 core = 2 gpu, 6 core = 3 gpu and 8 core = 4 gpu. They don't scale well unless the application is specifically optimized for them. Otherwise you're just allowing the horribly inefficient OS/CPU to divvy up the processing power and it just isn't very good at it. This is why Intel is better at gaming, their architechture is better at that type of calculation (pure power) while AMD is more focused on being efficient while highly threaded.

For gaming 4 core will remain the best until it goes the way of the dual core and is completely replaced in mainstream machines...
Off topic, what's the clock on your CPU? Can the socket 2011 clock pretty high?
 

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I would upgrade to an SSD before you do anything. Your CPU is fine and your GPU will hang on for another year.
What games do you play? If you play StarCraft II, Civ V, Total War or other such RTS's, then a new CPU is worth it. If you just play man-shoot, it's kinda not worth it that much.
 
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I would upgrade to an SSD before you do anything. Your CPU is fine and your GPU will hang on for another year.
What games do you play? If you play StarCraft II, Civ V, Total War or other such RTS's, then a new CPU is worth it. If you just play man-shoot, it's kinda not worth it that much.
:laugh: I've had 2 already, they died on me. I have a 500GB Velociraptor that I haven't used yet (clean install of Windows on it). :laugh:
 

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Honestly have you thought about a second hand 2600K and Z68? I sold one not too long ago for like 250$ and would be a good upgrade from the 920
 

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:laugh: I've had 2 already, they died on me. I have a 500GB Velociraptor that I haven't used yet (clean install of Windows on it). :laugh:
Don't buy OCZ's then :laugh: but seriously what brand did you buy? Just get hold of a good old Samsung basic. Also the above is a great idea, especially on water if watercooling, Sandy overclocks way better. I did not have a fun time with IVB.
 

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Don't buy OCZ's then :laugh: but seriously what brand did you buy? Just get hold of a good old Samsung basic. Also the above is a great idea, especially on water if watercooling, Sandy overclocks way better. I did not have a fun time with IVB.
Yea and the temps seem alot better too. Mine is at 4.5ghz 1.3V and full load gets maybe 70 deg
 
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Don't buy OCZ's then :laugh: but seriously what brand did you buy? Just get hold of a good old Samsung basic. Also the above is a great idea, especially on water if watercooling, Sandy overclocks way better. I did not have a fun time with IVB.
OCZ :laugh: I like the Kingston SSD's. They're too cool :rockout:
 

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OCZ :laugh: I like the Kingston SSD's. They're too cool :rockout:
Wow I said that as a joke. Don't base your experience with OCZ as a definitive outlook on all SSD's, you probably picked the worst brand besides those Kingston SSD's that are about as fast as standard HDD's. Don't remember the model, but the HyperX 3K Kingston SSD's seem solid enough.
 
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Off topic, what's the clock on your CPU? Can the socket 2011 clock pretty high?
I have a 1150 chip, I went with an i7-4770k Haswell in my current build. ATM I haven't had time to overclock it yet, I've been busy with family stuff and holidays the past few weeks (I built it middle of november). So I'm running 3.5ghz with turbo at 3.9, I am only intending to overclock to 4.4ish but a decent amount of Haswell chips can go to 4.6ghz without too much trouble. 2011 chips can go a bit higher, I've seen a lot at 4.8ghz, but keep in mind a 4.6ghz Haswell will be at least as fast as a 4.8ghz Ivy and a bit more than that for Sandy.
 
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I won't mind 4.5GHz on my 920 :laugh:
 

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I won't mind 4.5GHz on my 920 :laugh:
The highest out of all the 920's I have owned clocked at 4.2Ghz with relatively save voltages. I did get one to 4.5Ghz stable but voltage and temps were not what I wanted.
 
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It's been a while since I've overclocked a CPU, I've probably forgot how to now :laugh:
 

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It's been a while since I've overclocked a CPU, I've probably forgot how to now :laugh:
If it is at 4ghz stable then I would just leave it, another 200mhz really wont help much
 
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save your money and wait for GTX880 (rumor state that it will come out in Q1 2014).
 

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save your money and wait for GTX880 (rumor state that it will come out in Q1 2014).
Yeah... no.
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