Dell Warranty, am I getting a worse deal?

Dell / Mxg071
October 19, 2010 at 10:18:37
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 2.8 GHz / 3069 MB
Hey guys I have a Dell M1730 that uses this as its CPU
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?i...

but because I have had so many problems with my computer over the years they are allowing me to get an Alienware M17x. All the components are upgrades but I'm not sure about the CPU. Instead I'm getting
Intel® Core™ i7-920XM Processor Extreme Edition
(8M Cache, 2.00 GHz).
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?i...

Is this an upgrade? I run 2.8GHz normally but now I run at 2 GHz until it goes into turbo mode, which I game constantly and I have been told that overclocking will shorten the life span of the CPU(drastically). Any help will be appreciated, PLEASE help me before they send me something that could be worse.


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#1
October 19, 2010 at 11:35:58
The Core i7 is the best CPU currently available, so YES, it is an upgrade. Did you notice the FSB speed of the i7? No? That's because there is none. The i7 is more like an AMD CPU rather than previous Intel CPUs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_...

"I have been told that overclocking will shorten the life span of the CPU(drastically)"

Do you have any documentation to back that up? or are you just going by word of mouth? If it's true, all my systems should be giving up the ghost any day now because they've ALL been overclocked for several years.


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#2
October 19, 2010 at 11:49:26
Thank you so much! I looked at the specs between the two of them and it looked like the i7 was better in every way. I was just caught up on that number. It was an old High school teacher that told me that so I was just taking his word as truth.

Again thank you!


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#3
October 19, 2010 at 11:51:25
Overvolting may shorten the life span of the CPU, but I highly doubt a laptop BIOS will let you increase CPU voltage.

Overclocking w/o overvolting is fine.

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