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October 9, 2008 2:59:13 AM

The Q6600 on my current system has died and I'm looking for an upgrade for my gaming rig.

I am looking at either the Q9550 and the E8500 -

I'm uncertain as to how much of an advantage the quad core would offer for my needs (which is basic computing and gaming).

Any suggestions or thoughts?

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October 9, 2008 3:11:59 AM

So, how did it died?

I would go with Q9550.
October 9, 2008 3:28:49 AM

well, if your an overclocker, id go with the E8500. those things can really scream if you have the right mobo for it.
although, im sure if you wanted to, you could really push that Q9550. tough choice m8.
quad cores do offer more though and that would futureproof ur rig as well:) 
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October 9, 2008 4:18:18 AM

I wouldnt be so quick to say its the CPU unless youve done some extensive testing.
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October 9, 2008 4:38:42 AM

I don't think I've ever had a cpu die on me. Did you burn it out w/ massive overclcock? Did it explode like that one on youtube? that would be cool. hehheh.
You might regret not getting the quad core a couple years down the road as more threaded apps come available.
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October 9, 2008 5:06:38 AM

I haven't had a CPU die on me since I tried to over clock a K6-2 way too far on a spare parts rig. Good thing I didn't do it on the K6-2 I was using for my primary rig at the time ^_^. I've seen people kill old Duron and Athlon chips from not placing on the heat sink right and either overheating them or cracking the core. Did you fry it on an overclock?
October 9, 2008 11:51:54 AM

I've decided to go with the Quad -

As far the Q6600, I'm not 100% certain about how it failed. My motherboard recently died, which I had replaced. Everything worked for about 3 hours, then I couldn't get the thing to post for the life of me. I tested everything extensively, swapping just about every part with the exception of the CPU and it still will not post/boot. I've checked the placement of the CPU etc and it all looks correct. As such, I'm concluding its the CPU.

October 9, 2008 5:26:51 PM

good. go with the Quad Core, you wont regret it in the future:) 
October 9, 2008 5:44:50 PM

mattprice82 said:
As such, I'm concluding its the CPU.


The CPu's fine. Use the old freezer trick. ;) 
October 9, 2008 9:43:04 PM

You cant conclude that you got a dodgey replacement board?
October 10, 2008 2:39:21 PM

My Q6600 didn't die :p  yet considering to replace it with Q9550...
is it worth doing?
October 10, 2008 6:06:50 PM

chookman said:
You cant conclude that you got a dodgey replacement board?


Yes, I tested the processor (as well as the other parts) on a third board and still got the same result, so that lets me know that at least the board isn't the issue.

As far as upgrading from a q6600 to a q9550 - it seems like an overkill upgrade, but I don't know how well I would trust my opinion.

October 10, 2008 6:30:03 PM

Stupido said:
My Q6600 didn't die :p  yet considering to replace it with Q9550...
is it worth doing?

only if you give me your old Q6600 :D 
October 11, 2008 12:52:26 AM

deal :sol: 
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