Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Q9400 vs. PII x4 955 BE

Last response: in CPUs
Share
May 26, 2010 4:26:33 PM

I am torn between the C2Q Q9400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and the Phenom II x4 955 BE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I hear they are both good, both benchmark about the same. I use http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=76 to check. It seems the AMD is slightly faster but I know for gaming, which I do most that the GPU is most important.

I currently have a Socket775. its an ASUS P5Q Pro and it makes my RAM go out after 6 months. If I get the 775 then I can slowly upgrade RAM and Mobo first then, processor and its easier to get it sooner. If I go with AMD then I have to wait like 4 months to get a new one.

I know the 775 is almost dead but if I don't plan to upgrade much beside GPU for a good couple years do you think it would be ok to stick with it, or is AM3 that much better?

More about : q9400 pii 955

a b à CPUs
May 26, 2010 4:57:42 PM

Palurien said:
I am torn between the C2Q Q9400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and the Phenom II x4 955 BE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I hear they are both good, both benchmark about the same. I use http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=76 to check. It seems the AMD is slightly faster but I know for gaming, which I do most that the GPU is most important.

I currently have a Socket775. its an ASUS P5Q Pro and it makes my RAM go out after 6 months. If I get the 775 then I can slowly upgrade RAM and Mobo first then, processor and its easier to get it sooner. If I go with AMD then I have to wait like 4 months to get a new one.

I know the 775 is almost dead but if I don't plan to upgrade much beside GPU for a good couple years do you think it would be ok to stick with it, or is AM3 that much better?


Well, Scene you already have the 775 socket motherboard (MB), i would say get the C2Q cpu.

If you didn't have the MB, I would of recommend the Phenom II x4.

For gaming, i would say you wont see the difference between unless you uses something that can measure fps.
m
0
l
May 26, 2010 5:12:07 PM

Ok, I will need to buy a new Mobo since mine is defective, but I was looking at the MSI P43-C51 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... since the P5Q Pro Turbo is 120.00. but I figure its easier this way cause I don't have to buy a new CPU and new HSF when I get it. I can move old ones over till I get the money saved for new one. Also do you think I should buy a $40 Zalman if I plan to try overclocking way down the road or should I get like a cheap $15-$20 one till I am sure if I'm gonna OC?
m
0
l
Related resources
a b à CPUs
May 26, 2010 5:14:28 PM

If I'm reading this correct, you're talking about upgrading the motherboard as well. If so, better off moving on to a newer socket. In that case, I would go with with the PII 955. If you're not going to upgrade the motherboard, the Q9400 would be better.
m
0
l
May 26, 2010 5:16:31 PM

I am upgrading kinda, but I would need like 300+ for Am3 vs 200 for 775 and using odl parts as I save, but I guess in the end the AMD is probably cheaper
m
0
l
a b à CPUs
May 26, 2010 5:19:13 PM

Palurien said:
I am torn between the C2Q Q9400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and the Phenom II x4 955 BE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I hear they are both good, both benchmark about the same. I use http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=76 to check. It seems the AMD is slightly faster but I know for gaming, which I do most that the GPU is most important.

I currently have a Socket775. its an ASUS P5Q Pro and it makes my RAM go out after 6 months. If I get the 775 then I can slowly upgrade RAM and Mobo first then, processor and its easier to get it sooner. If I go with AMD then I have to wait like 4 months to get a new one.

I know the 775 is almost dead but if I don't plan to upgrade much beside GPU for a good couple years do you think it would be ok to stick with it, or is AM3 that much better?

I'd say go with AMD. Since the AM3 will certainly last you longer than 775. It is worth waiting for 4 months.
m
0
l
May 26, 2010 5:32:11 PM

ok, thanks guys I think ill get an AM3
m
0
l
May 26, 2010 5:40:21 PM

one other question is do you think for gaming Id be fine with a PII x4 945 or is the 955 BE that much better?
m
0
l
a b à CPUs
May 26, 2010 5:42:09 PM

I would go with the 955BE for gaming. It's unlocked, so with a good cooler, you can overclock it.
m
0
l
a b à CPUs
May 26, 2010 5:45:33 PM

Palurien said:
I am upgrading kinda, but I would need like 300+ for Am3 vs 200 for 775 and using odl parts as I save, but I guess in the end the AMD is probably cheaper


Scene you're looking in to new MB with a cpu, there a few ways we can do this.

1 way you can do is You could get an AM2+ motherboard instead of AM3. Why im saying this is, AM2+ motherboard boards uses ddr2 ram. meaning you wont have to buy new ram with a new MB and cpu.

AM3 cpu's will work in the majority AM2+ motherboards. (as long as they got the bios for it). There shouldn't be a major hit in performance from an AM2+ socket compared to an AM3 that im aware of.


Second way is Just save up to get an AM3 motherboard, cpu, and ram.

Third is get an other lga 775 motherboard that uses ddr2 ram.

m
0
l
May 26, 2010 5:49:22 PM

Yea warmon6, I was debating 775 cause its cheaper and I wont need RAM. Im actually running a Kingston Hyper X 2Gb and a Corsair 2GB RAM but both are knocked down to 800Mhz and 1.8, the other is 1.9 so I heard that's a good thing. But the MSI is DDR3 too. So Im torn, would be easier with 775 but I can see were AM2+/AM3 boards will probably upgrade easier in future
m
0
l
!