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by Pinka
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Swapped out my old PSU and GPU.

Do I need to upgrade my CPU/Motherboard to get the new technologies, or is it not really worth it?


When installing Windows 7 onto the SATA 3 (Marvell controlled) onto my new SSD, I encountered driver issues - Is this a common problem with the old x58 system? is it known?

Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.06Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle52.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate640MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle52.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
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Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 18 months ago

Why, Thank You :3

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fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Keep it as it is.. your CPU is not a bottleneck yet.. unless you can sell it for a decent price.. if not don't even bother.

Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I was thinking perhaps going to Haswell? or is Ivy Bridge E due out soon?

fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

If you have that kind of money go for it.. but like I said it's not worth it.. if you're only gaming you won't see much of an improvement.. If you use your PC for work (i.e. rendering) then sure why not.. You'll pay it of with your work. For gaming only don't bother.

Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

You've given me plenty to think about.

Thank you, friend.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

My pleasure.. I have the following philosophy; if it does what it's meant to do.. why spend more? If it's not broken why fix it? Save your money and wait for broadwell or at least till your 950 dies and buy a 4770k. Like I said if you can sell that one for like 150$? then maybe.. then you'd only need to put 200$ on a new CPU. But don't forget you gotta put another 150-200$ on a good z87 mobo.

Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

i agree with fsma92. if you can afford it, and you benefit from it, go for Ivy-E when it comes out (expectedly in September according to Tom's Hardware). Haswell is primarily meant for people who haven't upgraded in awhile and want to take advantage of the neat little tricks Intel has put into the chip. Ivy-E is meant for heavy-duty computing because it has stronger cores and more PCI-E lanes for multi-GPU computing.

PickItApart 1 point 18 months ago

Your bloomfield i7 is 4 years old but it still competes well. If it was an i5 from the same Nehalem generations cpus then I'd suggest upgrading. My vote is to wait until next year then upgrade the cpu/mobo.

Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Seems the main consensus is to wait and see- or if I feel like dumping some extra cash on something, to put it onto a Haswell-based upgrade. This was my priminary plan, before reading about Ivy Bridge-E, but I'm starting to think it was a decent plan to begin with.

I'll give it more thought - Maybe by next pay cheque I'll have some idea.

stnz [1 Build] 3 points 18 months ago

If I were you, I would wait for either Broadwell and Skylake and therefore DDR4. That would be the best time to upgrade as it would last longer and the upgrade in terms of performance would be worth it.

lt-smith [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

cpu idle temperature of 52 degrees...? what

Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Cheap air cooler.

lt-smith [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

mate, the stock cooler would give better results than that. :\ try reapplying thermal paste onto the cpu.

Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I'll need to purchase some more anyway.

Pinka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Not to mention that it's summer obey here, too.

Maximus14 1 point 16 months ago

Do you not have AC? The temperature difference should be minor, you will probably have it warmer in the house during winter.

Jimmy 1 point 18 months ago

Tek Syndicate said that Haswell was a good upgrade for people coming from anything pre-Sandy Bridge. So you would see a lot of gain, but it's not really necessary yet in my opinion.

DjArtifact 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah x58 isn't a bottleneck just yet.