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Very indecisive about getting a new CPU...

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March 30, 2010 10:45:12 PM

I have an E5400 right now and am thinking of getting a q9560 when I get my tax return in... Should I just get a cheaper quad core and save the money or just go all the way and get the q9560?

Current CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 86 à CPUs
March 30, 2010 10:51:04 PM

What does your system look like? What do you do with it?
a c 133 à CPUs
March 30, 2010 10:51:06 PM

For the price of that Q9650 you would be better off going to an I5. The I5 750 is faster cheaper and all around better rhen the Q9650. The Q9650 will run around $360 where the I5 750 will be $199.

Comparison of I5 and Q9650
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/49?vs=109

Now going to an I5 means you will have to replace motherboard and RAM so it will cost about the same as if you were going to the Q9650. But going to the I5 puts you onto a socket that will have upgrade opportunity as where the 775 is dead no more new processors for that socket.
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a c 81 à CPUs
March 30, 2010 10:57:19 PM

Did you meant a Q9650..?? If so then you'd be better saving some $$ by getting a Q9550.. Even better would be the Q9400..
a c 133 à CPUs
March 30, 2010 11:02:35 PM

Emperus said:
Did you meant a Q9650..?? If so then you'd be better saving some $$ by getting a Q9550.. Even better would be the Q9400..


Its really not worth spending the money on that dead socket like I said for the cost of a Q9650 you can build with newer tech. For a little more you can go to an I5 system.



ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $423.98

If you live near a microcenter or frys you can save quite a bit.
March 30, 2010 11:46:50 PM

Currently I have an ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo, an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W PSU, 4gb of DDR2 RAM, and a Radeon 5770... If I were to upgrade I'd probably sell my Mobo, RAM, and CPU for about 200 which would actually be better than upgrading in to a dead socket I suppose...
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March 31, 2010 12:29:55 AM

Yes, sell that and either go with an i5 or a phenom II. You might want to wait 2 weeks and see if the 6-cores are any better, or at least drop prices on the i5 (they should, but maybe not by more than $10-$20).
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March 31, 2010 12:35:34 AM

hellcloud said:
Currently I have an ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo, an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W PSU, 4gb of DDR2 RAM, and a Radeon 5770... If I were to upgrade I'd probably sell my Mobo, RAM, and CPU for about 200 which would actually be better than upgrading in to a dead socket I suppose...

Yes selling that and moveing onto a new socket is the way to go. The Q9550 or Q9650 do perform very good dont get me wrong but to get one these days the cost is ridiculous.
a c 86 à CPUs
March 31, 2010 12:40:16 AM

Could also try getting one used off a forum, local CL, etc. I've seen some of these chips mentioned go for $150-$200. You get to keep your stuff, and move to quad core. Just a thought...
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March 31, 2010 1:08:35 AM

Do you really NEED an upgrade? Have you tried a heavy overclock?
March 31, 2010 1:39:50 AM

I haven't yet, (I do have an arctic cooling freezer pro 7 installed though) and I kind of just felt I might as well upgrade though when I get my tax return... I haven't done any overclocking though because I have no experience doing it at all and don't really want to **** something up...
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March 31, 2010 2:10:06 AM

well you're going to get a new system.... can't hurt to learn. It's really simple too.
March 31, 2010 5:42:17 PM

Its not so much that I don't know how to overclock I just have no experience doing so other then one time using Asus Turbo V.

Also here are a few questions I have for SAAIELLO: Wouldn't it be a bad idea to skimp on the motherboard (though I do have a history with ASUS)? I couldn't view there website to see the CPU compatibility with that mobo, but do you know personally if that particular motherboard has a lot of headroom?

And for the CPU, would it be a good idea to get the G6950 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) for now as I don't do a lot of high CPU usage tasks? (I mainly do gaming and as of right now I can run metro 2033 on max with AA x4)
a b à CPUs
March 31, 2010 9:33:00 PM

You don't need to upgrade your CPU for gaming. Check out what they want for metro for 'optimum' playing:

* Core i7 CPU
* NVIDIA DirectX 11 compliant graphics card (GeForce GTX 480 and 470)
* As much RAM as possible (8GB+)
* Fast HDD or SSD

Dumbest crap ever. I have a 4850 and a E8500. I run it perfectly @ 1080 and my CPU usage never breaks 70-80% even in the most intense moments. Your current CPU is more than enough if you simply overclock.
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