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Gaming: Should I upgrade my Q6600 to Q9xxx?

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September 20, 2009 5:40:19 PM

Just for gaming...

I know that core i7 would give me more performance than any Qxxxx CPU. But I don't feel spending so much money to buy new CPU, MOBO, and RAM.

What about upgrading my Q6600 to a Q9550 or Q9650 ? Is this worth the upgrade? Am I going to notice any difference? Is the Q9xxx going to scale better with SLI video cards? or should I wait for i7 prices to drop?

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September 20, 2009 6:48:51 PM

overclock your q6600 they clock quite well
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September 20, 2009 7:00:58 PM

Just overclock.
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September 20, 2009 7:07:53 PM

Overclock OR get an i5.
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September 20, 2009 7:36:13 PM

The best gaming upgrade for you would be to OC the Q6600 to 3.2Ghz+ and buy a graphics card with more vram. I had the same setup except with a 9800gx2 (2 underclocked 8800gts's) and getting a graphics card with more vram made a huge difference.

The Q6600 (oc'd) will be plenty for SLI cards, and the Q9xxx series are not worth the upgrade now. You wouldn't notice any difference.

I did find that the 680i boards are pretty bad for overclocking quads on. The max I could get was 3.2Ghz stable. Going to an x48 board allowed 4.1Ghz with the same chip (Q6600).
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September 20, 2009 7:52:22 PM

Depending on your board, the 9xxxs might not even be an option. If you decide to buy a Q9xxx, make sure your board supports it. i5/i7 is only great for gaming if you using a multi GPU setup at high resolutions. At 16x10, there isn't much of a difference.
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September 20, 2009 10:32:56 PM

of course you should not.
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September 20, 2009 11:19:04 PM

4745454b said:
Depending on your board, the 9xxxs might not even be an option. If you decide to buy a Q9xxx, make sure your board supports it. i5/i7 is only great for gaming if you using a multi GPU setup at high resolutions. At 16x10, there isn't much of a difference.

+1, Some 680i boards will not entertain the 45nm Quads, Duals yes but Quads no.
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September 21, 2009 1:13:29 AM

OC it up.
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September 21, 2009 8:13:18 PM

4745454b said:
Depending on your board, the 9xxxs might not even be an option. If you decide to buy a Q9xxx, make sure your board supports it. i5/i7 is only great for gaming if you using a multi GPU setup at high resolutions. At 16x10, there isn't much of a difference.


Damn! I just checked, I have 2 boards 680i and none of them support the Q9xxx. So I have no other option than upgrade my Videocards or CPU/Mobo/RAM.

Thanks to your reply, otherwise I would have bought the Q9xxx today.
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September 21, 2009 8:14:59 PM

obsidian86 said:
overclock your q6600 they clock quite well


Unfortunately my Q6600 is B3 and it does not OC as well as the G0.
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September 21, 2009 8:45:19 PM

I'm in the same position, and I'm holding fire. I've overclocked to a stable 3.2, and will make the entire move to i7 or equivalent in the new year. I can't justify dropping the price of a new processor on what is, essentially, just a stopgap. If you're feeling a bit slow at the moment, I'd suggest maybe upgrading the GPU. That way you can take the GPU with you to a new build.
The Radeon 4870 and GTX 260 are both about the £100 mark at the moment. Both would be an upgrade from where you are, and both would do well when moved over to a new system with a 2nd card for SLI/Crossfire.
At least, that's my plan. I will probably get a rush of blood to the head in the new year and spend a month's wages on a new uber rig. Because I'm a consumer whore.
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September 29, 2009 10:41:58 AM


Thank you all,

I thought that my old Q6600 was already a crap CPU, but I guess that it is still good..

@DeeTee_uk

you are right, a GPU upgrade might be the best choice for now. Like you, I would want to wait for price to drop, before upgrading the whole system to X58/i7/DDR3.
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September 29, 2009 12:28:03 PM

crap ?

huh that thing is one of the best ever made...

dont evn think about it !
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November 1, 2010 10:06:57 PM

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