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Upgrade Q9550 to I7 or I5?

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June 27, 2009 7:08:36 AM

I am debating on upgrading my Q9550 to either a I7 920 or a I5 2.8ghz. I don't do alot of gaming so I am not worried about more FPS. I mostly use it for video encoding and video editing and general home use. Lately I have'nt even been encoding alot of video lately, so my question is stick with the Q9550 or upgrade? I am worried about the thermal output of the I7( no air-con in my room lol) I currently have my 9550 oc'd to 3.4 and runs stable and cool. I have been leaning towards upgrading, but lately just thinking of waiting for the 32nm cpu's to come out, what do u think?


Current setup:
Q9550 oc'd to 3.4
Gigabyte X38 DS5
G.skill DDR2 1066 4gb
1 Samsung 500gb and 2 Samsung 1tb hard drives
Gigabyte 9800gt 512mb w/ HDMI
Zalman ZM750 psu
Antec 300 case

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June 27, 2009 7:20:02 AM

I'd wait a bit longer - a Q9550 is plenty fast for now, and you wouldn't see that much gain by going to an i7 or i5.
June 27, 2009 7:24:22 AM

I have been thinking that, but I will get more cash for my system if I sell and build now than later lol I think I am just a upgrade fanatic lol
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June 27, 2009 7:41:24 AM

Would I notice a huge difference from the core2 to the I7?
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June 27, 2009 7:58:11 AM

Probably not.
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June 27, 2009 9:03:11 AM

You wont notice a HUGE! difference and you dont need to upgrade now.
Save money for future upgrades(when new proccy's come)
June 27, 2009 9:26:16 AM

spend the money on a 4890.
June 27, 2009 10:52:01 AM

I dont need that much horsepower (4890) I dont play games enough. I am more into video encoding/editing and HD video. I play games once in a while, mainly just play games on my sons xbox 360.
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June 27, 2009 11:09:29 AM

Consensus will be "keep the 9550 and wait for the 32 nm CPU's. And don't worry about resale value. I doubt if you could get half of what you put into your computer right now, let alone later.

Most users will not buy a used, home built computer unless it is a really good deal. They just want to go down to BestBuy or their local equivalent and buy a "good enough" box with software and warranty. And the rest of us build our own.

Now, if you do want an i5 or i7, just buy one and don't look back. But you asked.
June 27, 2009 11:56:22 AM

Thanks for the reply, I hear ya on the 32nm. I have been pretty lucky over the years to be able to sell my homebuilt systems, but yeah now days its a bit harder like u said most people just go to there local harvey normans(australia) and buy there system. To bad they get fooled by the salesman lol! Well see I will have a think about it and go from there on the I7.
June 27, 2009 11:57:59 AM

I guess I was just mainly curious if there was a big difference between the I7 and the C2Quad.
June 27, 2009 12:42:04 PM

Thanks for your reply and the links. In those programs the I7 is a big difference. Well see I might just take the leap.
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June 27, 2009 3:09:34 PM

You will Gain more performance boost if you buy a new graphics card.
June 27, 2009 4:02:26 PM

Are you people even reading before responding? lol a video card isn't going to do anything for him.

In terms of video encoding, the i7 is a good bit faster. I would still urge you to wait until newer CPUs come oiut.
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June 27, 2009 5:59:42 PM

wonderingwhatis said:
Are you people even reading before responding? lol a video card isn't going to do anything for him.

In terms of video encoding, the i7 is a good bit faster. I would still urge you to wait until newer CPUs come oiut.



Sorry for mentioning that but i thought he can use that money in a better way............
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June 28, 2009 2:35:10 AM

shubham1401 said:
Sorry for mentioning that but i thought he can use that money in a better way............

And how, pray tell, is a video card going to improve his encoding times unless he uses CUDA or Stream?
June 28, 2009 7:34:23 AM

Yeah if I was a hardcore gamer, I stated in the beginning that if I game then its usually on my son's Xbox 360. My 9800gt is cuda capable anyways.
June 28, 2009 7:35:51 PM

I'll go with the flow here, you current rig is plenty fast enough. I'd keep it for now it see how things turn out in the few upcoming months.
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