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Q6600 @ 3.6 upgrade to Q9650 or...

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October 31, 2009 4:08:48 AM

Wanting to upgrade. ATM I'm running a Q6600 @ 3.6 ( 1.37v bios, idle temps 35-39 ) I do run it at 3.825 but temps idle a little high (42-47) because now winters around, wife gets ahold of the thermostat. Also have a 3870 ( Oc'd to 860/1226 ), had two but one fried on me when the Zalman VF1000 mount broke w/o me knowing.

Should I replace the Q6600 with a Q9650 and wait for NVIDIA to release FERMI for 5X series price drops or replace the 3870 with 5870, and wait till maybe late 2010 for new mobo/cpu/psu/memory.

I play Aion right now and FPS drop hella low in cities/fights.

Opinions? btw, limited on how much I can spend 300, tops 400.

(edited for spelling "upgrated" in topic )

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October 31, 2009 4:17:06 AM

You should go with a video card for now. HD3870 is just slightly faster than an 9600GT, which is barely adequate with today's games.
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October 31, 2009 4:42:25 AM

flyin15sec said:
You should go with a video card for now. HD3870 is just slightly faster than an 9600GT, which is barely adequate with today's games.



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You will get alot more out of a new video card.
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October 31, 2009 4:57:42 AM

I am however after doing much reading, worried that I will be "holding back" the 5870 with a Q6600. Does that also mean a Q6600 @ 3.6+?
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October 31, 2009 5:04:38 AM

I really dont think bottlenecking will be an issue especially overclocked to 3.6. It may hold it back a few percent from its potential but it is still the better option of the 2.
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October 31, 2009 6:13:24 AM

yes , get a 5870 ! directx11 games would have better multi-threading performance and a q6600 at 3.6 is a decent speed .
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October 31, 2009 9:38:10 AM

playing the game at the highest resolution possible would max out the potential of a powerful graphics card without putting too much additional strain on the cpu. obviously though resolution is dependent on the monitor.
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October 31, 2009 12:47:17 PM

Video card upgrade will provide the most benefit with the Q6600 @3.6GHZ
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October 31, 2009 7:12:41 PM

Thank you all for your input.

Looks like I will go with the 5870. Kinda hoping some non reference cards come out soon and/or price drops. I forgot to mention 1900x1200 is my rez. ( two 24in Acer's 2ms )

In the future I'll prob go with a X58 board with an I7 920 ( since I have a Megahelems with 775 and 1366 mounts ), so I can upgradte to a I9 possibly later on.

Thanks again for your opinions
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