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Q9550 worth it?

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September 15, 2009 1:47:17 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU, Specs:
e6400@3.2
asus p5q p45 board
4gb xms2 ram
hd4890 @1ghz

I cannot afford to change platforms to i5/i7 and im feeling a bottleneck in my system.
For example GRID runs at around 55fps but dips to 35fps at times and the benchys for the oc'd 4890 give it a min fps of roughly 75 and avg fps of 100.
So I assume its the CPU as it onlly has 2mb l2 cache and has been clocked at 3.2 for over 3 years now.

I game at 1920x1200, Theres a good lineup of games being released over the next few months id like to play at max :D 

For purly gaming should I get a q9550 or a e8500? Both will be oc'd quite heavily, What sort of performance gain can i exspect from the upgrade?

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a b à CPUs
September 15, 2009 2:19:42 AM

Get the one that's cheapest.
September 15, 2009 2:33:46 AM

q9's historically run better than the e8's other than that i'm not sure.
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September 15, 2009 2:36:37 AM

i have 1
I love mines :D 
a c 78 à CPUs
September 15, 2009 2:41:54 AM

I would recommend the Q9950. It performed very well in the system I built that went to my Dad. I could tell very little difference between the Q9950 and my Core i7 920 in games like COD. I can't speak on the E8500, except I had the same debt in my mind. I finally chose the Q9550 because I felt it would provide the better overall system performance and not just gaming.
September 15, 2009 2:42:09 AM

It's a great chip for a drop in upgrade. I have mine running at 4.0Ghz on a TRUE120. Get the q9550, not the E8500.
a b à CPUs
September 15, 2009 3:28:49 AM

I would get the quad myself. But dont worry about how long you had the overclock. As long as it stable 3.2ghz is 3.2ghz. It doesnt get slower overtime.
a b à CPUs
September 15, 2009 3:38:20 AM

Go for the quad man. If not, buy a big ole box of cookies.
a b à CPUs
September 15, 2009 2:40:30 PM

q9550 totaly wort it. I plan to get soon, i just wait to see if the prices will go down a little.
September 15, 2009 3:25:17 PM

Get the Q! Should last you for a lot longer than an E8x00. I went from a E6320 @ 3.1Ghz to the Q9550 @ 3.4Ghz - nice upgrade! Can now encode a avi file and play Crysis at the same time!
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