My trusty Core i7-950(first gen) build - system feedback/should I move on to newer stuff?

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implodeme Posted: Sat, Nov 17 2012 7:34 PM

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power

Asus P6X58D-E ATX Motherboard.
Intel Core i7 950 1366 LGA 3.07Ghz 
PC3-8500 6GB(2GBx3) + 12GB (4GBx3) Total of 18GB  9-9-9-24
ATI HD 6970 2GB 

DIsk Drives:

MAIN OS: 128GB Sata III - OCZ Vertex 3
Storage: WD1002FAEX 1TB Black, 64MB Cache
Backup: HD204UI 2TB Seagate 32MB Cache
Gaming Disk: Perc/5i SAS Controller, 
RAID5, 400GB (4 x 146GB 10k SAS)


My Rig - Feedback welcome:

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eunoia replied on Tue, Nov 20 2012 12:28 AM



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fat78 replied on Tue, Nov 20 2012 7:11 AM

Well this is a tech website so i think most guys here are always itching to upgrade their computer ( I know looking at the newegg and tigerdirect black friday deals i want to upgrade something in my computer), but I think you still have a really nice rig.

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rrplay replied on Tue, Nov 20 2012 8:24 AM

That  is a  very nice rig,and if you were to consider an upgrade I would have to agree that there would be a lot to gain by getting a solid decent  CPU cooler like the CM hyper 212 EVO for about $35.00 buck from some where. Folks used to get the CM hyper 212 for about 29.00 but  the EVO is a heck of a better.If you where to performance tune that 970 chip up about 4.0GHz that cooler could easily handle that clock and would def be user noticeable. While you are at it check your fans if you are happy with them or possible upgrade - inexpensive yet also noticeable. Might as well look into a vid cooler backup plan if still under some warranty or other option. Just wanted to add that it may be worthwhile for overall continued longevity to check and replace the cpu, mainboard heatsinks, and gpu TIM with something like Noctua NH1 since it is easy to apply, no curetime,non conductive,performs great and does not dry out overtime.

Yep a nice rig ! Smile

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Hey,  I have same Motherboard as you have, ASUS P6X58D-E. It is best one. your I7 950 is good. Maybe you can move up to Extreme Edition i7 990X. I have i7 990X at 3.46 GHz it is quite powerful and can overcloked easy up to 4.67 GHz to 4.80 GHz at raw speed with water cooling system.. it is best for very serious game power go along with 12 GB DDR3 at 1.60 GHz. I know that Extreme Edition 990X is much high cost. Maybe you will keep eye on the i7 990X price if it go drop the cost down. Trust me it is best processor and last of i7 Extreme Edition Socket 1366. You can check the picture of my rig in this forum. FYI, my rig had new Windows 7 Ultimatic 64 bit SP1 , water cooling system, and 12 GB DDR3 at 1.60 GHz part of upgrade not long ago.)  I want to tell you.. great job on your frist build rig. I am impressed with this. Have fun with it.

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