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March 16, 2010 11:37:50 AM

PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY.
I have an old DG 31 PR lga 775 Board
I HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN the following PC SYSTEMS.
1)Q9550 or Q9505
2)i3 530/i5 750
3)Amd athlon 630 2.5 ghz
What I want To know is whether the quad cores the support for which the intel companies have discontinued
will be future proof for 3 yrs as against i5 750 for games(incl high end,(bear in mind that most games today even run well on a core 2 Duo 2.5 ghz)
THE BASIC REASON WHY I AM INTERESTED IN BUYING Q9505 is BECAUSE OF THE OLD BOARD
I CANT BUY A LGA 1366 socket so the i5(lga 1156) board and the am3 socket boards other on my criteria are for future upgradability.
IMP POINTS-
1) if Q9505 is a good bet 3yrs+ my system cost will me 400$
2)If i5 750 is a good bet 3yrs+ my system cost will be 500$
I dont want to unecessarily invest in lga 1156 Socket or AM3 Socket if future games for 3 yrs will just play as well on Q9505 with a good Graphics Card than with i5 750. I will buy a whole New CPU after 3 yrs.

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March 16, 2010 11:46:38 AM

For what it will cost you for the Q9550 you can go with an I5 or a PhenomII x4 either one will outperform a Q9550 and cost alot less. Socket 775 is dead and not being manufactured so to buy a Q9550 its gonna cost over 300 for a used and obsolete processor its not worth dropping that kind of cash on a socket 775. Your best option would be the I5 750 the cheapest option would be An AMD Phenom II x4 965BE.

I5 vs Phenom II 965 Bench

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=102&p2=10...

Q9550 vs Phenom II

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=102&p2=10...

Q9550 vs I5 750

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=102&p2=10...
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March 16, 2010 11:51:30 AM

No I can get Q 9550 for 280$ and no mobo or 325$ and i5 750
Plus use older DDR2 ram in that Mobo, here I have to buy DDr3 ram
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March 16, 2010 12:48:01 PM

Not if you go with a phenom II x4 965 BE it can use DDR2 that you have and only cost 190 and then get a mobo for around 80 to 100 which will be faster then the Q9550.

Gigabyte MOBO uses DDR2 ram 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phenom II x4 965BE 184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 274.98

This will be faster plus it will be new parts
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March 16, 2010 3:55:58 PM

I would go with a Phenom II x4 955BE over a Phenom II x4 965BE. The 965 is the 955 with the mult. set one higher. The 955 only cost $160 and it is not bottlenecked by any current top of the line gpu.

955 C3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is no good reason for you to buy a dead socket at a premium.
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March 20, 2010 1:21:09 AM

Best answer selected by Rahul Babaria.
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