on lga 775 platform , cache has substantial importance , but if I were u , i wouldnt buy any of these . ' cos , the platform is old version . sell ur mobo , cpu , ram and build a new conf. it can be i5 platform with ddr3 ram .. why not ?
Put the money to either a AMD AM3 system with a 965 black edition - will cost you the same as a 9550 and is faster, or a i5 750 1156, motherboard and some ddr 3 ram as it is quicker than the 9550 and is more future proof.
Either way, this upgrade brings your system up to one of the best gaming machines available. Which is what I hear all the time lately. Why would he tear apart his sytem to go AMD when he would need new ram, motherboard and possibly after market heat sink and not have any more performance availlable than what the Q9550 will give him. Almost the fastest intel 775 quad made ? Used computer parts don't fetch very much ? Unless you want to keep posting your auction over and over.
Thank you all for pitching in to help me think through this.
I'm bummed that Microcenter (brick and mortar only) has the 9550 for a whopping $100 less than Newegg, which is really the undisputed seller of pc parts. gosh golly.
Nonetheless, it is what it is, there's no Microcenter near me and I can't get to the 2 closest ones, and they don't ship. There we have it - Microcenter's deal is a no-go for me, unfortunately.
So I now have the same $190 versus $260 decision.
Yes, those of you who wrote that there's little incentive for me to rip out my motherboard, buy new RAM, etc etc. I'm just not up to it. This is humming along fine as it is with my Core 2 Duo. It'd be nicer and will likely have a longer life if I put a Core 2 Quad in it with an Arctic Cooling cooler in it. I'm hoping for something like another 2 years or so.
For a relatively "light" user, I'm really wondering if the extra $70 of the faster processor w/more cache will be totally wasted? The link to that comparison is super useful, btw. Thx so much for providing it.
The q9550 is still a VERY competent CPU. And if you want to stretch 2-3 years out of that lga775 system I'd say the q9550 is your cpu. Think about it this way, yea it's $70, but you're going to be keeping this system at least 2 more years, so really the cost isn't that bad. Plus the q9550 will OC decently enough with a nice HSF.