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Q9650 vs Q9550 vs Q9450 performance? (crazy prices...)

On a huge budget.

I've upgraded my old 775 motherboard thusly:

E4400 OC from 2.0 - 2.4
4gb ddr2 800mhz ram
PNY GeForce 650 Ti

I need a new cpu.
All I do is video edit with Adobe premiere.
The prices of these cpu on eBay are NON-SENSICAL

Q9450 = $90-$100
Q9550 = $90-$120
Q9650 = $140-$220+

from what I can tell, the main bottleneck of my work flow is pure raw cpu to create the final encoded files. This takes 100% cpu and still leaves a gig or ram untouched.

Other than that I am asking what differences aside from a few hundred mhz I'll see between the 2.66ghz/2.83/3.0

If my motherboard was better I would not worry and just over clock the 9550 and save myself a good $50+

Thanks for feedback.
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  1. Hi,

    You should sell all the working parts and get a core i5 - i7 for those price, but you will get at least twice the performance a q9xxxx will get you.
  2. Best answer
    older cpu's that are the top of what will go in a discontinued socket always command a premium, you'd be better off with a q9550 (which performs very close to the same) for your money. If your board is OC capable, you can probably get it to the level of a q9650 pretty easily.
  3. Sinking more money into a dead socket makes little sense to me. What is your total budget?
  4. less than 5% per step, but a decent jump from the 4400. Q9550 is the sweet spot there.
  5. Thanks.

    I knew I'd get at least one "BUY AN i5" reply.

    Okay... So you start to price things out and realize that the cost of a better new generation i5 doesn't come cheap.

    Plus, the entire POINT of the video card is to use Cuda in Adobe premiere. Should in use an crappy hd Intel video solution?

    To those that suggested the 9550 Thank you.

    Even with my limited understanding and poor motherboard in terms of oc I'm sure I could get it past 3ghz stable.

    Fwiw, at that setup the computer is FINE. Honestly as far as I am concerned.

    Thanks again all.
  6. logainofhades said:
    Sinking more money into a dead socket makes little sense to me. What is your total budget?


    Literally as little as I can spend.
    So in this case $95 for a 9550.

    I am not a gamer, and use my phone and tablet for email and Skype.

    I can get a $109 combo. Some sort of pentium cpu at 3ghz and an 1175 board that I can use a modern cpu and upgrade, but this entails getting ram as well. So that is over $150 for what actually is inferior to a core2 quad.. .

    Trust me, I've looked at so any options.

    AMD doesn't cut it. Intel crushes them for stuff like video editing.

    Now if I were building a $300 cheap gaming pc... Yep.
  7. stevenjcampbell said:
    Thanks.

    I knew I'd get at least one "BUY AN i5" reply.

    Okay... So you start to price things out and realize that the cost of a better new generation i5 doesn't come cheap.

    Plus, the entire POINT of the video card is to use Cuda in Adobe premiere. Should in use an crappy hd Intel video solution?

    To those that suggested the 9550 Thank you.

    Even with my limited understanding and poor motherboard in terms of oc I'm sure I could get it past 3ghz stable.

    Fwiw, at that setup the computer is FINE. Honestly as far as I am concerned.

    Thanks again all.


    no reason at all to stop using the 650ti.
  8. 13thmonkey said:
    stevenjcampbell said:
    Thanks.

    I knew I'd get at least one "BUY AN i5" reply.

    Okay... So you start to price things out and realize that the cost of a better new generation i5 doesn't come cheap.

    Plus, the entire POINT of the video card is to use Cuda in Adobe premiere. Should in use an crappy hd Intel video solution?

    To those that suggested the 9550 Thank you.

    Even with my limited understanding and poor motherboard in terms of oc I'm sure I could get it past 3ghz stable.

    Fwiw, at that setup the computer is FINE. Honestly as far as I am concerned.

    Thanks again all.


    no reason at all to stop using the 650ti.


    Yes. But that is the only modern component. The cpu resells for $30, motherboard for maybe the same and the ram for $40.

    Trust me. I'm all for it. Until my project starts to earn money, the project will be treated like a hobby.
  9. you seemed to be treating it as either/or but if you only have the funds for the Q9550 then it is the best bet
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