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?
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
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.
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.
Your CPU is not quite as fast as the QX9770, so you can expect slightly longer times than that. For encoding/editing i7 tops everything as long as the program is fully multi-threaded. It just depends if you need that extra performance or not.