I have a ep45-ds3l mobo with an oc'd e5200 to 3.75 mhz, running w7 64 bit with 8 gb of kingston hyperx ddr2 at 800. GTX 280 gpu stock #'s. The pc is runing well and is stable. I am noticing that the computer is having a tough time while playing lfd2 and fallout vegas. I am considering the q9550 as an upgrade. I have checked the cpu compatibility list and the cpu is supported. Will I get a decent improvement with that new chip, or will the mobo hobble the chip? (so to speak)
Great, thanks for info. It appears as though you have an appreciation for that motherboard.
I just read http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/multi-core-cpu,2280...
which added a bunch of perspective.
I'm hoping that the additional cache in contrast to the e5200 assuming the prog is running with 2 cores will also aid in performance.