Q6600 @ 3.6 upgrade to Q9650 or...

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.



    ^ +1

    You will get alot more out of a new video card.
  3. 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+?
  4. 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.
  5. yes , get a 5870 ! directx11 games would have better multi-threading performance and a q6600 at 3.6 is a decent speed .
  6. 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.
  7. Video card upgrade will provide the most benefit with the Q6600 @3.6GHZ
  8. 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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