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.
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.