System Specs as follows:
MB: Asus P5B-Deluxe
Memory: G.Skill F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B
GPU: EVGA 8800 GTS
PSU: Corsair HX520
Case: Antec 180
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9700
I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in this system but I'm not sure what my best option is. I have been looking at the Q6600 and the Q9450. Is the Q9450 worth the extra price over the Q6600? Are there any better options then these processors?
I also have E6400. Overclocked to 3.2 GHz (400 MHz Bus, FSB=1600), 4 gigs ram with 1::1 ratio, and a ATI 4870 512 GPU
(1) Is your E6400 overclocked, Should easily hit 3.2 at stock voltage.
(2) Do you run applications. Or Games, that take advantage of 4 cores?
(3) What are you trying to “speed” up
If not OCed, then try OCing to 3.2 GHz.
If trying to improve games, Might get better Bangs for Bucks with GPU upgrading. Possibly a ATI 4870 (or Nvidea equiv.) 512 Meg, or 1 Gig depending on monitor size/resolution. My system with a 4870 gets approx 13K score in 3dmark06. This also depends on the types of games played – cpu, GPU intensive.
If applications use 4 cores, then a quad core CPU would be advantageous.
Too me it makes more sense upgrading the GPU and OC. What I plan on doing is waiting till the end of the year and see what shakes out in terms of price/performance gains. Then shoot for an I7 (my preference), or AMD II 940. The GPU upgrade will transfer over and The decrease in price would cover about half of the projected cost of an upgrade ie to a 9550/9650.
Intel/AMD are dropping their prices as I’m writing this. Also Win 7 should be out and beta users are reporting improved performance.
What nobody here has said is that theres a possible compatibility issue with that mobo and 45nm quads, and to a lesser extent the duals as well. The latest 'official' bios for the p5b, version 1236 is a bit iffy, but the 'beta' 1237 seems to do the trick. Check page 196 of this mega thread on the p5b at xtremesystems.org:
Your in a similar position to me, ive got an e6300 and a p5b deluxe. I'd like a q9650, or a q9450 or e8600, but the costs are soo high in the uk right now. Id like to stick a really really good cpu in this old board, but they cost a packet. The q6600 is a pretty good substitute, but it sucks down power. Hopefully 45nm quads and duals with the full 12mb and 6mb L2 caches will be alot cheaper by the summer (when i plan to make a decision and upgrade my cpu, get more ram and get vista 64) cheers.
In short get the q9450 and google 'asus p5b bios 1237'.