Thanks for all your comments. I will tell him 9550 or bust
That was his offering - he buy me a new cpu and take my used one.
Been running my Q6600 for a couple years now, I overclocked it to 3ghz and noticed a nice performance bump. I had a hard time getting to stable at the temperatures I wanted higher than that...This chip does have the G0 stepping, but had a kinda high VID (1.30), so it wouldn't hurt my feelings to try my chance at the lottery on a 9550.