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Upgrading CPU E6850 to Q9550 - Is it worth it

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November 25, 2009 4:43:07 PM

My birthday's on Thaksgiving this year and I was wondering is it worth upgrading my cpu from a E6850 to Q9550? I really would like to just upgrade to an I7, but can't afford to right now.
My computer's mainly used for Gaming and work.
a c 162 à CPUs
November 25, 2009 4:45:33 PM

Yeah that will be a pretty good upgrade. Just make sure you have sufficient airflow for the added heat output.
November 25, 2009 4:48:10 PM

Yeah, I keep the case open with a fan going under my desk because it's in the corner where the airflow isn't that great on warm days
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a b à CPUs
November 25, 2009 5:34:18 PM

I would say that it would be a decent upgrade (that is without having to upgrade the whole platform) the Q9550 is a very nice chip.

In other news... are you perhaps selling that C2D for very cheap? if so, i'm interested, LOL
a b à CPUs
November 25, 2009 5:35:30 PM

yep, specially if you overclock that puppy an extra 500Mhz =)

your CCF should keep the CPU at tolerable temps....
a b à CPUs
November 25, 2009 7:53:25 PM

Unless you do a lot of video encoding that uses all four cores you won't see any real world difference.
November 25, 2009 10:08:01 PM

I use Novatime 3000 which run on SQL 2005 during the day & game at night, so I think the two extra cores will at least help during work hours.
I'll also over clock it to 3.4ghz
a c 172 à CPUs
November 26, 2009 12:28:16 AM

If you are going to overclock, you should be able to reach 3.4 - 3.6 GHz, especially with an E0 core, using the Sunbeam cooler.