Upgrading from overclocked i7 920

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Senior member
Feb 26, 2015
Even if you do end up getting a new PC, ditching your i7 920 for a x5650 cpu is a no brainer for only $18. Easily overclock above 4ghz, and you can keep it as a backup machine and run linux on it or something...


Memory and Storage, Graphics Cards
Super Moderator
Sep 13, 2008
An X5660 or X5670 is an obvious upgrade. That said, if you really want to do a new build, consider the Ryzen 1600 or wait for Coffee Lake. Still, for $18-$40 for a xeon, may as well do both.
Apr 27, 2000
$500 budget is not going to get you 120 fps @ 1080p in a lot of games, sorry to say.

If you really want to drive min fps that high, go for the Xeon upgrade and then save up for something beefier.

edit: you can try potato configs and the like, and that might actually work on the Westmere. It depends on what FPS games you're playing.

I play Dirty Bomb a lot. My 1800x running 1600x1200 stays near 170-180 fps all the time. No real slowdown unless someone does a mass suicide dogpile, which can bring fps down to maybe 100. In actual gameplay? Pshaw. Oh and that's with all the settings maxed out etc. Had I a more modern monitor running 1080p, I would at least be able to sustain 120 fps. Hell I could probably do 144.

Newer games? Well I would be GPU-bound with my aging 390 for starters. But turning down the settings, I would probably be okay.

So which games will you be playing anyway?