I'm considering buying a Q9550 to get a little better performance in gaming. How much of an increase do you guys feel that would be? My current specs:
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Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
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A Q9550 will give you a pretty decent performance boost in games that can take advatage of more than 2 cores it will also give a nice boost to just single threaded apps too with its 12 MB of L2 cache this really helps push high end GPU's. A Q9550 is one of the best socket 775 CPU's you can get and with a little OC on it can hold its own against an I5 750 and a Phenom II 965BE.
If you have a MicroCenter near you they have them for $179.99 brand new.
The q9550 extra cache does not get used in single threaded stuff. Well not the total 12 vs 4 amount. Its real cache advantage is not the total amount but amount per core. 3 for q9550 and 2 for 6850. Or of course double that to 6mb vs 4mb.