Im in the current process of updating most of my computer and im stuck at the cpu. I currently have a e7400 at 2.8ghz. I really want to upgrade but im iffy about what to pick. The computer is the family computer as well as my computer for light to semi extreme gaming, and extreme multitasking. i have about a 300 dollar budget. I can get the 9550 for about $240 with no need for a new mobo, the phenom and a mobo for about 320, and a decent i-7 combo for over 350. Im wondering which one is the best bang for the buck, and also how much of performance difference their really is. Thank you for all the Help!!!! Greatly appreciate it!!!!!
Check out these benchmarks the q9550 crushs the phenom in almost every app. I would say go for the 9650 if you can find one at a decent price. Now people will say 775 is dead bla bla bla. Core 2 puts down plenty of power to smash any game out there and overclock nicely too.
I just picked up two of the Q9550's at microcenter in Chicago/ westmount store.... yes they are on sale for $179.00 and just under $200 after tax... One for a clients build and one for myself...
Its sucks that your 10 hours away from there store, I think new egg even has them on sale for $239-269 right now, could be wrong thou. I have the Phenom II 940 be @3.5 ghz and it scores 4991 with benchmark 06
The Q9550 at stock 2.8ghz is scoring 4301, I have not overclocked it yet. If you have a good 775 socket board already I would say go for the Q9550. I am sure you will be happy with the performance you get out of it.