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In your shoes, which I kind of was, I would wait until you can upgrade the whole system.  I went from a i7 3930k & an Asus X79 Rampage IV Extreme to the setup in my signature, that 1080 Ti is much happier in the new system especially in CPU-intensive games.  Spending $300 on a dead-end upgrade for a CPU on that setup just seems like a complete waste of money, to me anyway.  You'd be better off saving up for however long it takes & getting an LGA 1151 or Ryzen 2nd/3rd gen (if they're out by the time you buy) setup.

 

Just my two cents.

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Looking to upgrade/"patch" my 4th gen Intel rig. My motherboard is an Asrock x79 Extreme M. It supports i7's and Xeon CPUs.I found two options that I'm considering, a Xeon E5-4650 v2(M1) Dodeca Core ($160) and a Core i7 4960x Hexa Core ($300).

Which would be the best option in your opinion.

I pretty much do everything on my pc, design, 3d rendering, gaming and streaming.

Opinions would be appreciated. Thank you.

 

PS. I'm currently running an i7 4820K without overclocking.


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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz      Mobo: Asrock X-79 Extreme 4-M

Ram: G.SKILL TridentX Series 24GB             Graphics: Asus Turbo GTX 1080Ti 11GB SLI

Monitor: - Vizio M321i-A2 32", HP 27WM (x2) in Nvidia Surround 5760x1080  - Element E1SW2418M 1920x1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO LAN Box        HDD:Samsung 750 EVO SSD         PSU: Corsair AX1200i           Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard

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Xeon E5-1680v2 is the only upgrade for you CPU

however it is very rare and a bit pricy


CPU: x5680 xeon OC4.2gHz, Motherboard: Asus P6T, RAM: 48gb corsair 2400 mHz, GPU: gtx 980ti, Storage: Samsung 950pro 500gb, samsung 860evo 500gb, 2x2Tb HDD, Case: Lian Li PC O11 dynamic, Cooling: very custom loop.

CPU: i7 8700K, Motherboard Asus z370i, RAM:16gb corsair rgb 3600, GPU: EVGA Gtx 1080ti SC Black, Storage: samsung 960evo 500gb, samsung 860evo 1tb (M.2), samsung 860evo 500gb. HDD - 6tb, Case: lian li q37. Cooling: on the way to get watercooled (EKWB, HWlabs, Noctua, Barrow)

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In your shoes, which I kind of was, I would wait until you can upgrade the whole system.  I went from a i7 3930k & an Asus X79 Rampage IV Extreme to the setup in my signature, that 1080 Ti is much happier in the new system especially in CPU-intensive games.  Spending $300 on a dead-end upgrade for a CPU on that setup just seems like a complete waste of money, to me anyway.  You'd be better off saving up for however long it takes & getting an LGA 1151 or Ryzen 2nd/3rd gen (if they're out by the time you buy) setup.

 

Just my two cents.


Primary Rig (new, just built):

CPU: Intel i9-9900K @ 4.7/5.0GHz (1.25V/1.29V)  ~  Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Floe RGB 280mm AIO (Push/Pull with Thermaltake Riing & Pure fans)

RAM: 4x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB @ 4000MHz CL17-17-17-38 1.4V (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR) 

GPU: eVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Hybrid @ Stock/2050MHz - Push/Pull Radiator Fans

PSU: eVGA SuperNova P2 1200W - Case: Thermaltake View 91

SSDs/HDDs: Samsung EVO 860 1TB, Transcend 480GB, Samsung QVO 1TB, Seagate FireCuda 2TB (Hybird HDD)

Windows 10 of course - which I don't mind, so far

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I think your system is pretty much at the top end of what you’ll get without wasting cash. I would reccomend you look at over clocking as this will get you a big performance boost for little (if any) spend!

 

if you want your pc to be quicker you really want to look at selling up and going for a 6th gen or up platform.

 

problem is your system isn’t actually that Crap so there are no easy/cheap wins

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On 2/22/2019 at 12:12 AM, MaratM said:

Xeon E5-1680v2 is the only upgrade for you CPU

however it is very rare and a bit pricy

Thank for you input. I found the Xeon on ebay, and is only $40 more than the 4960X ($310). U fortunately is not in the manufacturer compatibility list. ( https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79 Extreme4-M/index.asp#CPU )


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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz      Mobo: Asrock X-79 Extreme 4-M

Ram: G.SKILL TridentX Series 24GB             Graphics: Asus Turbo GTX 1080Ti 11GB SLI

Monitor: - Vizio M321i-A2 32", HP 27WM (x2) in Nvidia Surround 5760x1080  - Element E1SW2418M 1920x1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO LAN Box        HDD:Samsung 750 EVO SSD         PSU: Corsair AX1200i           Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard

Game Keyboard: Logitech G13 Joystick         Mouse: Logitech G602 Gaming Mouse       Headset: Logitech G633 Gaming Headset

 

 

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On 2/22/2019 at 3:06 AM, Jay Deah said:

I think your system is pretty much at the top end of what you’ll get without wasting cash. I would reccomend you look at over clocking as this will get you a big performance boost for little (if any) spend!

 

if you want your pc to be quicker you really want to look at selling up and going for a 6th gen or up platform.

 

problem is your system isn’t actually that Crap so there are no easy/cheap wins

Thanks for the input, i will look into it, last time i messed up with OCing i was inexperienced and my Pentium 4 almost died..im a little traumatized lol


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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz      Mobo: Asrock X-79 Extreme 4-M

Ram: G.SKILL TridentX Series 24GB             Graphics: Asus Turbo GTX 1080Ti 11GB SLI

Monitor: - Vizio M321i-A2 32", HP 27WM (x2) in Nvidia Surround 5760x1080  - Element E1SW2418M 1920x1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO LAN Box        HDD:Samsung 750 EVO SSD         PSU: Corsair AX1200i           Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard

Game Keyboard: Logitech G13 Joystick         Mouse: Logitech G602 Gaming Mouse       Headset: Logitech G633 Gaming Headset

 

 

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Honestly it’s LOADS different nowadays. Requires very little tech knowledge to do it and it’s super safe as very few buttons you can press could ever do hardware damage.

 

the only real concern is having a cooler sufficient to keep the processor running cool when it’s pushing out extra heat from the extra clocks.

 

as an example on my 8700k system I had to click one ‘auto overclock’ button and it took my system from stock 4.6 single core turbo to 5.2ghz all core!

 

thats mental amounts of free performance

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13 minutes ago, DarthSolidus said:

Thank for you input. I found the Xeon on ebay, and is only $40 more than the 4960X ($310). U fortunately is not in the manufacturer compatibility list. ( https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79 Extreme4-M/index.asp#CPU )

In this case any cpu upgrade on this board is pointless. You better off sell x79 platform and shift to something newer or spend you money to get more ram or better gpu


CPU: x5680 xeon OC4.2gHz, Motherboard: Asus P6T, RAM: 48gb corsair 2400 mHz, GPU: gtx 980ti, Storage: Samsung 950pro 500gb, samsung 860evo 500gb, 2x2Tb HDD, Case: Lian Li PC O11 dynamic, Cooling: very custom loop.

CPU: i7 8700K, Motherboard Asus z370i, RAM:16gb corsair rgb 3600, GPU: EVGA Gtx 1080ti SC Black, Storage: samsung 960evo 500gb, samsung 860evo 1tb (M.2), samsung 860evo 500gb. HDD - 6tb, Case: lian li q37. Cooling: on the way to get watercooled (EKWB, HWlabs, Noctua, Barrow)

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On 2/22/2019 at 1:21 AM, HoneyBadger84 said:

In your shoes, which I kind of was, I would wait until you can upgrade the whole system.  I went from a i7 3930k & an Asus X79 Rampage IV Extreme to the setup in my signature, that 1080 Ti is much happier in the new system especially in CPU-intensive games.  Spending $300 on a dead-end upgrade for a CPU on that setup just seems like a complete waste of money, to me anyway.  You'd be better off saving up for however long it takes & getting an LGA 1151 or Ryzen 2nd/3rd gen (if they're out by the time you buy) setup.

 

Just my two cents.

Your two cent are a voice of reason. :). Maybe CPU/MB would utilize my two 1080ti's better.


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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz      Mobo: Asrock X-79 Extreme 4-M

Ram: G.SKILL TridentX Series 24GB             Graphics: Asus Turbo GTX 1080Ti 11GB SLI

Monitor: - Vizio M321i-A2 32", HP 27WM (x2) in Nvidia Surround 5760x1080  - Element E1SW2418M 1920x1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO LAN Box        HDD:Samsung 750 EVO SSD         PSU: Corsair AX1200i           Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard

Game Keyboard: Logitech G13 Joystick         Mouse: Logitech G602 Gaming Mouse       Headset: Logitech G633 Gaming Headset

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
20 minutes ago, Jay Deah said:

Honestly it’s LOADS different nowadays. Requires very little tech knowledge to do it and it’s super safe as very few buttons you can press could ever do hardware damage.

 

the only real concern is having a cooler sufficient to keep the processor running cool when it’s pushing out extra heat from the extra clocks.

 

as an example on my 8700k system I had to click one ‘auto overclock’ button and it took my system from stock 4.6 single core turbo to 5.2ghz all core!

 

thats mental amounts of free performance

That is nice.. my rig is "water cooled" it has a corsair hydro 100i in it.


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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz      Mobo: Asrock X-79 Extreme 4-M

Ram: G.SKILL TridentX Series 24GB             Graphics: Asus Turbo GTX 1080Ti 11GB SLI

Monitor: - Vizio M321i-A2 32", HP 27WM (x2) in Nvidia Surround 5760x1080  - Element E1SW2418M 1920x1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO LAN Box        HDD:Samsung 750 EVO SSD         PSU: Corsair AX1200i           Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard

Game Keyboard: Logitech G13 Joystick         Mouse: Logitech G602 Gaming Mouse       Headset: Logitech G633 Gaming Headset

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thank you all for your input, I just overclocked the rig to 4.4GHz, AsRock come with an utility in the bios so I got to choose between a few options, (there were two higher option but they were in red so I decided to play it safe) Pc is running stable (so far) so we will see. Windows logged in faster but that might be in my head, who knows. Gonna run some game now and take her for a shake down cruise lol. Thank you again for all your help.


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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz      Mobo: Asrock X-79 Extreme 4-M

Ram: G.SKILL TridentX Series 24GB             Graphics: Asus Turbo GTX 1080Ti 11GB SLI

Monitor: - Vizio M321i-A2 32", HP 27WM (x2) in Nvidia Surround 5760x1080  - Element E1SW2418M 1920x1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO LAN Box        HDD:Samsung 750 EVO SSD         PSU: Corsair AX1200i           Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K55 RGB Keyboard

Game Keyboard: Logitech G13 Joystick         Mouse: Logitech G602 Gaming Mouse       Headset: Logitech G633 Gaming Headset

 

 

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