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E7400 vs Q9550

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December 17, 2009 6:22:52 AM

Hello All,

I am in need of some quick help. It has come to my attention that Microcenter has the Q9550 on sale for $170 this week. I am really thinking about taking this deal for my gaming comp. However.....I am not sure if the performance gain will be worth the price of the new CPU. Here is my system as it stands:


Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Motherboard: MSI P7N SLI Platinum
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e7400
Memory: 4gb G.Skill DDR2 pc6400
Video Card: (2x)1gb EVGA Geforce GTS 250
Sound Card: VIA Envy24HF
Hard Drive: 80gb/(2x)500gb Western Digital IDE
Power Supply: Thermaltake 850watt TR2 RX


I currently have my eE7400 OC'ed to 3.8 ghz (400x9.5). I would OC the Q9550 to 3.4ghz (400x8.5). So we are looking at losing 400mhz on the clock, but I would be gaining 2 cores and 9mb of L2 cache.

So my question is...this this purchase worth it?

(E7400 @ 3.8ghz (400x9.5) VS Q9550 @ 3.4ghz (400x8.5))

Please give me some info ASAP as I plan to drive to get it later today since I work all weekend.

Thanks!
Chris Stickles


*P.S. I will sell my E7400 to get some money and I may try to push the Q9550 past 3.4ghz but I am not sure.*

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December 17, 2009 6:44:35 AM

To me it would be worth getting the quad if you do not plan on any other upgrades for the next year or so.

If you are planning to upgrade sooner than that then save the money for the full rebuild.

I assume you have a good CPU cooler since you are already overclocking? If so I believe you can go over 3.4 on the quad easily.
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December 17, 2009 6:46:46 AM

Yes.....I dont plan on upgrading my computer for some time. So that is why I am considering this buy. Any other info is welcome, the more I get the better! Thanks!
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December 17, 2009 7:40:25 AM

IF you game at high resolutions then the quad will be a much better choice.
IMO You should get the quad.
Plus you'll get some money by selling that E7500.
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December 17, 2009 7:51:11 AM

Yes.....I game at 1920x1080 resolution. So if that would make a bigger difference than if I gamed at 1280x1024 or something then that is good. Thanks for the input! Please.....any other info would be great!
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December 17, 2009 8:12:53 AM

More and more game releases won't be able stretch their legs without a quad

+1 for going for it!
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December 17, 2009 12:27:22 PM

Go for it under ONE condition, and that is if you plan to keep that rig for 2 years +, otherwise, if you're planning on getting a new machine over the next year, stick with the dual-core, it'll serve you well until then.
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December 17, 2009 2:14:18 PM

Yes.....I plan on keeping this rig for at least appox 2 years. I at least dont plan on upgrading within the next year thats for sure. If anything......I would only switch out graphics cards within the next 2 years. I would like to think that everything else would last for 2 years.
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December 17, 2009 2:21:51 PM

then i would go for the good deal on that Quad, it'll serve you well and is still considered a good chip. Also, it'll benefit you later down the road if you decide to upgrade to a batter GPU.
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December 17, 2009 2:23:32 PM

I am also thinking on picking up another 4gb memory while I am over there....what you think?
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December 17, 2009 2:31:43 PM

I don't think that you'll benefit much from an extra 4GB of RAM. The original 4GB that you have is more than enough for Win 7 64-bit, it would be like $60.00 for minimal gains. maybe invest in an aftermarket HS/F for extreme overclocking (if you don't already have one)
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December 17, 2009 2:36:14 PM

I know this may sound bazzar, but have you considered checking on ebay if you can pick the CPU up for even cheaper - used? Seen as the new line of i7 have come out, and new sockets... They tend to be way cheaper then retail.

Just my 2c's.
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December 17, 2009 2:36:58 PM

Yeah.....it is going to be $83 to order another 4gb kit (2x2gb) off newegg actually. I already have a really good heatsink though. Think you are probably right and I will probably just stick with the 4gb. Either save that money or put it towards something else that doesnt involve my computer.....lol
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December 17, 2009 2:41:32 PM

save the 83$$$ and use it towards a new video card when they come out or get an ATI 5870. That Quad should be able to handle any GPU solution out there... or get another Nvidia card and go SLI.
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December 17, 2009 4:02:24 PM

Don't buy anymore RAM.
DDR2 are expensive nowadays.

If you feel the need later just buy some cheap Second hand RAM.
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December 17, 2009 5:35:46 PM

shubham1401 said:
Don't buy anymore RAM.
DDR2 are expensive nowadays.

If you feel the need later just buy some cheap Second hand RAM.


Yeah, its good to go onto ebay and pick up used RAM, or new Generic RAM. I've seen a pair of Crucial Balisitc ram sell for $22 bucks on ebay, (2x2GB) with the heatsinks. I felt like crap.
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December 17, 2009 6:00:32 PM

^Wow!
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December 17, 2009 6:09:03 PM

godbrother said:
Yeah, its good to go onto ebay and pick up used RAM, or new Generic RAM. I've seen a pair of Crucial Balisitc ram sell for $22 bucks on ebay, (2x2GB) with the heatsinks. I felt like crap.


Dang.....

Although if there's any major problems with the item, it maybe hard to get you money back...
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December 17, 2009 8:06:17 PM

shubham1401 said:
^Wow!


warmon6 said:
Dang.....


Tell ME about it. I almost cried.
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December 19, 2009 6:10:00 AM

Well.....I got the processor but just put it in a couple of hours ago. Have only done some slight testing but I am happy with the performance so far. A couple of my games dont seem to have some of the fps dips they had with the e7400. I will have to do some more tests though to see how this baby is running!

I currently have it running at 3.4ghz (400x8.5) and that is where it is staying. I tried to get 3.6-3.8ghz but it wasnt stable and I dont want to spend the time tweaking to get it stable.....lol. My temps are a little higher then they were with the e7400 but I was expecting that. They overall are still really good for the OC I am running though.

I did pass on the extra 4gb ram from Newegg as well....I agree that it really wouldnt be worth it. Maybe sometime down the road for the hell of it. (tax return or something) But I think my system is pretty future proof for now.....if anything, maybe replace gfx cards in a year or so but I think everything else to do until my next build "X" years from now.

I want to thank all of you for your info that you gave, it really did help me in my decisions. Its nice I can come here and get advice that matters!

Thanks Again!


*On a side note, my Windows 7 performance index went from 6.8 on CPU and memory to 7.4 with the new processor! So now I am at 7.4 across the board except my HD is 5.3...(IDE drive but it gets the job done!)*
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December 21, 2009 1:44:34 PM

so who gets voted best answer? :p 
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December 21, 2009 4:45:18 PM

Why of course... Me. Who else? (me or you die.)
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December 21, 2009 7:00:06 PM

godbrother said:
Why of course... Me. Who else? (me or you die.)


Now now... lets not kill anyone for best answer. ;) 


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December 22, 2009 3:56:38 AM

Me of course....

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December 22, 2009 1:05:23 PM

shubham1401 said:
Me of course....


I have bigger balls then you... Don't make me take them out and make yours shiver down to peanuts son.... just don't.
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December 22, 2009 1:27:16 PM

godbrother said:
I have bigger balls then you... Don't make me take them out and make yours shiver down to peanuts son.... just don't.



OP give the best answer to my frnd Godbrother....
He'll like it more than I will.
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December 22, 2009 3:49:07 PM

What is the spec on your HD?
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