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Intel i7 920 vs q9400 and q9550

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Which is the best at its price?

Total: 58 votes (26 blank votes)

  • i7 920
  • 70 %
  • q9400
  • 14 %
  • q9550
  • 17 %
January 6, 2009 3:45:20 AM

Ok recently I was trying to get help between to dual core processors...on which once is the best...but I see that the future is with the quads...AMD quads have yet to show so im not including them in the talk.

I noticed that the new i7 920 is priced around the q9400 and q9550...im trying to see which one is the best for the future...they all seem pretty good...but im sure there have to be something differences...which one shines in games...applications...multimedia editing? I'm not sure...I have been looking up reviews and benchmarks and generally the i7 920 is the best out of the 3...but it comes at a price...1366 motherboards are much more expensive and ddr3's price is still pretty hefty...

Is the i7 920 power worth paying the extra amount...i mean a good LGa 775 mobo you can get anywhere between 100 to 150...at the cheapest...and ddr2..is so cheaper its ridiculous...but LGA 1366 mobo are 250 or higher..and the memory is at least 60 to 80 for 3gbs...vs 40 for 4 gbs of ddr2...

is the price increase equal with the power increase...because if it is...then its worth getting if not....then no!!.

A lil about me...im a freshman in college...im a media junky...photoshop and premiere pro user...i value...value over performance...but im willing to pay a lil more if its worth the payment..

Thanks in advance for all your help...and if you think another cpu is better than the ones im asking about, feel free to tell me about them...a 330 dollar limit on the cpu tho...!!

More about : intel 920 q9400 q9550

January 6, 2009 4:03:27 AM

Little info on CPU, at 290 bucks, nothing on the planet can touch it, if that gives you an idea.... if you like to encode or anything, one small comparison using my old q6600@3.2 ghz too 1 hour 10 min or so to encode a movie, this cpu took 21 minutes, if you like multitasking or anything you do, with a simple cheap overclock leaves all the rest in the dust like there is no tomorrow,
January 6, 2009 4:07:31 AM

So you going with the i7 im assuming right?
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January 6, 2009 4:18:13 AM

there is no doubt.... the I7 destroy everything and not by a little either at stock, little OC then your breaking records, if your gonna spend same price for something else substandard compared, the choice if obvious, and for futureproof lol, again obvious, My last rig was asus p5kc, intel Q6600, 4gb DDR2 800, raptor X hard drive, built this i7 920, corsair dominator 1600mhz memory, with asus p6t deluxe with a gtx 260 216 xfx edition, even without a better graphics card, comparison.... There is none, makes the q6600 rig look like an amd, Completely smokes it by leaps and bounds, wasnt expensive either, for me i already had case/hard drives PSU etc, just the mobo bundle cpu/ram/mobo was $740...
January 6, 2009 4:27:45 AM

kirvinb said:

Is the i7 920 power worth paying the extra amount...i mean a good LGa 775 mobo you can get anywhere between 100 to 150...at the cheapest...and ddr2..is so cheaper its ridiculous...but LGA 1366 mobo are 250 or higher..and the memory is at least 60 to 80 for 3gbs...vs 40 for 4 gbs of ddr2...

A lil about me...im a freshman in college...im a media junky...photoshop and premiere pro user...i value...value over performance...but im willing to pay a lil more if its worth the payment..

Thanks in advance for all your help...and if you think another cpu is better than the ones im asking about, feel free to tell me about them...a 330 dollar limit on the cpu tho...!!


$209 x58 Gigabyte
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just get the i7 920 and buy a good cooler for it. If you want to save a few bucks, check slickdeals.net daily for components. I've seen the i7 920 posted for $250-270, while it has went up $5 at the egg to $295 right now.

*edit*
Wow...I mean $230:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=1...

I just read the last page of that thread and some guy said he was quoted $229 from a Fry's and the price is good until the 6th...tomorrow. I would run to a Fry's if you have one in your area.

$260 or $280:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=1...
$270:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=1...



January 6, 2009 4:30:59 AM

ok then i guess there isnt much of an arguement...ill have to go to the i7
January 6, 2009 4:32:32 AM

Wise decision
January 6, 2009 4:40:11 AM

I did just learn not to take neweggs prices as the best around anymore....there are alot of sites offering memory and drives for alot cheaper
January 6, 2009 4:44:16 AM

sure are, we just tell ya parts, you shop for yourself though lol
January 6, 2009 4:47:34 AM

lol thanks man...appreciate it
January 6, 2009 5:49:17 AM

kirvinb said:
I did just learn not to take neweggs prices as the best around anymore....there are alot of sites offering memory and drives for alot cheaper


Totally.

Noobs rave about newegg's service and shipping, but I've RMA'd stuff to various other e-tailors (Dell, Amazon, even an eBay speaker outlet store) and never had a problem- it was the same process as when I sent a Seagate back to newegg for making scratchy noises. And I think their shipping has went down the drain with UPS (yes, I realize I can $pend another 40% shipping costs for FedEx).

Though you did miss out on the Black Friday eBay deal where Microsoft was offering 30% cashback via its Live.com website. Mwave.com and ZipZoomFly have stores on eBay that also validated mail-in-rebates with invoices from their websites, not eBay. Prices were crazy low- e8400 at $120, (my) Q8200 at $119, 4870 1gb's and gtx260 core 216's for $170-185, etc. And of course it was even better on higher priced gear like i7's, x58's and 4870x2's.

Anyways, good luck on your build :hello: 
January 6, 2009 5:56:41 AM

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A lil about me...im a freshman in college...im a media junky...photoshop and premiere pro user...i value...value over performance...but im willing to pay a lil more if its worth the payment..


Oh yeah, if you want to get maximum performance with Premiere Pro, you'll want 3 separate hard drives and at only $50/500gb, it's well worth it. I can't stand people who buy quads to multi-task and then buy a single HD.
1 - Vista 64 (spend an hour tweaking it from online guides and it's fine...and the only way to use more than 3.3'ish GB of memory)
2 - "Scratch Drive" (for importing video and photos onto)
3 - Storage drive (you encode video to this drive from #2)

I would also backup pictures you don't want to lose on the second partition of drive 1 and in a folder on drives 2 and 3 (nothing wrong with redundancy)
January 6, 2009 10:29:17 AM

At thing point given the prices of the Q9550, there is no reason to go for it in a new build.
January 6, 2009 11:10:59 AM

I'm personally going to wait until the I7 has more CPU's released but if I were to build a system right now I certainly would go with the I7. Assuming you can afford it it would certainly be the better value in the end.

Think of it this way. With the I7's you have the current generation and probably won't actually need to upgrade your CPU for quite some time. Even if you wanted to buy a later I7 you would be ready to.

With the older CPU's such as the quads you listed you would spend a similar amount on the CPU and saved money on the mobo and ram. However if you decide to go to the I7's later then your mobo and ram aren't going to be compatible so you would have to buy new ones anyways. This option will save you money at first but more than likely cost you more in the end.
January 6, 2009 12:48:01 PM

nuclearshadow makes a good point...i think that would be wise because I dont want a dated system by august....so I think ima grab the i7...with muiltiple hds...maybe 3 500gbs or 2 750gbs
January 6, 2009 1:05:50 PM

I just built an i7 920 system. Easiest computer I have ever built. No problems so far. I just built it on Sunday and haven't done much with it yet, but love it so far.

My dad got a 920 from Fry for $229.99 as well. I was mad cause Newegg had theirs at $279.99 for 2 days a week ago and I snagged it.

I bought half my stuff at Egg and half from two other places. So yeah, newgg is good some of the time but not all of the time (on price).
January 6, 2009 11:41:10 PM

Newegg might have "low" prices, but they screw you on the shipping cost. A year+ ago I wouldnt hesitate to susgest them, but nowadays I find myself using mwave and frozenCPU and zipzoomfly more and more.
January 7, 2009 12:00:50 AM

yea! i jus figured out a way to get around that....my current build has so many items that go for free shipping...I end up paying a mere 35 bucks for 3 day shipping..instead of 115 orginally...newegg does kill you on shipping but they offer alot for free..

current system set up:

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
RAIDMAX SAGITTA 2 ATX-928WO
2x SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI 1920x1080 resolution


KWORLD PlusTV HD PCI 120 ATSC 120 PCI Interface - Retail
MSI R4850-T2D512 Radeon HD 4850
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
Cyber Acoustics CA3550RB 68 watts 2.1 Black Speaker
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual
EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366
Intel Core i7 920

including all accessories...cables...paste..mouse..keyboard...etc.

All for a Grand Total of $1,560.19 including shipping..

i dont think I can beat this price! I dont have my blu ray drive...but thats upgradable....and 4gbs of memory is plenty...benchmarks will show that the speed of the i7s dont increase much from dual to triple...like it does from single to dual..i can easily upgrade that whenever necessary

January 7, 2009 1:06:16 AM

Yo, I7 runs in Triple Channel, scratch the memory, either go 3x2 gb or 3x1gb
January 7, 2009 1:31:42 AM

i7 can run dual channel...i seen many website doing it...and the result will surprise you...dual channel isnt far behind triple channel in terms of performance...

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1665/intel_core_i7_me...

http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-6626-view-Intel-core-...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Intel-Core-i7-Nehal...

ill jus buy another 2gb stick whenever software figure out how to increase the performance..as of right now...its not worth it
January 10, 2009 12:40:24 AM

now with the amd phemon 2...idk anymore
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