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December 2, 2010 2:43:55 PM

Here are my current system specs:

C2D E6300 (the really old one) OC'd to 3.2 Ghz
Asus P5Q-SE
8GB DDR2 800 OC'd to around 900mhz
Asus 4870 512mb OC'd
Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler

Now my main question is this: Should I upgrade to a Q9550 and OC now, or wait and save up for a good sandy bridge (such as the 2600) later (mid 2011). What complicates the question is that I am getting married in June 2012, and with the number crunching, my fiancee and I probably will not make enough to have a ton left over for an upgrade for a while. The fall after we get married, we will be starting our junior year of college at universities. Muy Expensivo. I will be going to DePaul majoring in IT; I'm not sure how much processing power I will need on my own computer for school stuff, but I definitely consider myself a power user. I game occasionally (less now than before), and I like experimenting with various OS's in VM's. I understand that the the 2600 may be a little overkill, but the main reason I am considering it is because of it's longevity.

The other thing I'm considering is buying a Q9505 now, then getting the 2600 later, and turning the c2q system into a esx server. I could do this too with the e6300 being replaced by the q9550, then buy a q9505 or used q6600 later for the server.

So i guess what I'm asking is this: will the extra $$ I spend on the extra components for the sandy now be worth it over the Q9550 in a few years?

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December 2, 2010 2:49:27 PM

Keep in mind I also have a wedding to pay for...
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December 2, 2010 3:37:51 PM

Save the money for you wedding and a newer build. AMD and Intel are rolling out new stuff in 2011. A q9550 will cost you as much as a reasonably priced i5 chip and mother board, not really worth the money IMO.
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December 4, 2010 2:39:18 PM

Bump.
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December 4, 2010 2:42:11 PM

Didn't like my answer? LOL
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December 4, 2010 2:52:31 PM

Haha, no there's nothing wrong with your answer, it's just always good to get more than one persons opinion.
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December 4, 2010 3:10:41 PM

First, scratch the Q9550 idea, a Phenom II X4 965+ plus a 800-series board would cost less while performing better. Plus you can use your old E6300 for something else.

But with platform upgrade vs. the 965 now, it depends if you find the extra $350 for a ~20-25% performance increase and slightly better memory worth it. I would say no, and if you really want a new platform, get the 4c/4t 2500K instead for ~$100 less.
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December 4, 2010 4:24:38 PM

Timop said:
First, scratch the Q9550 idea, a Phenom II X4 plus a 800-series board would cost less while performing better. Plus you can use your old E6300 for something else.

But with platform upgrade vs. the 955 now, it depends if you find the extra $350 for a ~20-25% performance increase and slightly better memory worth it. I would say no, and if you really want a new platform, get the 4c/4t 2500K instead for ~$100 less.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! :fou: 

If you have to be a fanboi, at least don't make up stuff!

There is only one out of 38 X4s in Passmark that beats:

Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz 4363 68

and that's

AMD Phenom II X4 970 4498 64

All of the others don't perform up to the Q9550.

Are you intentionally misleading, or do you not believe in benchmarks? :kaola: 

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December 4, 2010 4:42:17 PM

Passmark? If you want benches here you go: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=50 The 965BE beats or equals the Q9550 in almost all 30 benchmarks.

Besides, even the 970BE (which is $15 more than the 965BE) plus a $60 7XX board only costs $245, $30 less than the Q9550 alone.

Whos the fanboi again?
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December 4, 2010 5:10:25 PM

Sorry, I didn't know I was discussing this issue with Mr. Anand Lal Shimpi. :)  Fanbois always pick and choose their evidence, but the bottom line is that your statement is patently incorrect when determining the full breadth of benchmarks, sir. It can also be taken that AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core GP-9500 2152 229 is also superior to a Q9550 which is outright ludicrous. Kindly endeavor to not mislead individuals who come onto this forum seeking accurate data. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. :) 
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December 4, 2010 5:16:28 PM

halfcalf said:
Sorry, I didn't know I was discussing this issue with Mr. Anand Lal Shimpi. :)  Fanbois always pick and choose their evidence, but the bottom line is that your statement is patently incorrect when determining the full breadth of benchmarks, sir. It can also be taken that AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core GP-9500 2152 229 is also superior to a Q9550 which is outright ludicrous. Kindly endeavor to not mislead individuals who come onto this forum seeking accurate data. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. :) 

I stated Phenom II exclusively, I would reckon any *sane* person wouldn't assume I am comparing a $100 bottom binned with the Q9550, but instead referring to the flagship BE models.

Oh well, no point arguing with a Intel fanboi who says every single bench that doesn't favor a Intel are "cherry-picked". Have fun enjoying your beautiful Atom 330 that "beats" a Phenom X6!
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December 4, 2010 8:00:46 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 B97 4323 73
AMD Phenom II X4 965 4267 74
AMD Phenom II X4 40 4245 75
AMD Phenom II X4 B60 4206 78
AMD Phenom II X4 B55 3995 85
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3942 87
AMD Phenom II X4 B95 3931 88
AMD Phenom II X4 940 3676 98
AMD Phenom II X4 B50 3662 99
AMD Phenom II X4 830 3606 106
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3600 108
AMD Phenom II X4 B45 3583 109
AMD Phenom II X4 840T 3535 112
AMD Phenom II X4 820 3528 113
AMD Phenom II X4 B40 3506 117
AMD Phenom II X4 B35 3482 118
AMD Phenom II X4 925 3420 125
AMD Phenom II X4 B25 3359 129
AMD Phenom II X4 910 3293 132
AMD Phenom II X4 920 3289 133
AMD Phenom II X4 810 3094 145
AMD Phenom II X4 805 3030 150
AMD Phenom II X4 910e 2978 154
AMD Phenom II X4 900e 2945 157
AMD Phenom II X4 05e 2891 160
AMD Phenom II X4 905e 2804 163
AMD Phenom II X4 B15e 2491 191

Like any of these?

Dear sir. As an extremely sane person addressing one who obviously does not share my advantage, I would like to reiterate my earlier statement. Kindly refrain from shilling for any particular manufacturer. It would be much appreciated. :) 
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December 4, 2010 8:10:39 PM

Everything that starts with B is unlocked CPUs, while others like "AMD Phenom II X4 40 4245 75" and "AMD Phenom II X4 840T 3535 112 "makes absolutely no sense as no such model exists.

Right, going completely nuts over the fact that my words *may* be interpreted wrong and obsessing over passmark results while calling everything else that doesn't support your conclusion cherry picked is VERY sane and un-fanboish behavior.

Good day.
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December 4, 2010 8:20:41 PM

Errr... what was the question?? ....Oh yeah!!


I would recommend saving your money until after your wedding and see what comes out with all the new platforms and how it effects the prices.


Congratulations by the way!! :D 
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December 4, 2010 8:33:39 PM

Timop: Sir, those results are directly from Passmark. If you do not "like" them we can choose any other wide spectrum real world benchmarks. Your overall statement was in error, and your further statement that readers of your post should "assume" factors you did not type does not qualify you for sanity. You've proven the old saying wrong: "When you assume you make an a$$ out of you and me". In this case, it's just you. Have a Merry Christma$$ and a Ha$$y New Year! A$$easons Greetings! :) 

Embra: You mean somebody's actually getting married these days? Not just shackin' up? What's this world coming to? :) 
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December 4, 2010 8:40:17 PM

halfcalf said:
Timop: Sir, those results are directly from Passmark. If you do not "like" them we can choose any other wide spectrum real world benchmarks. Your overall statement was in error, and your further statement that readers of your post should "assume" factors you did not type does not qualify you for sanity. You've proven the old saying wrong: "When you assume you make an a$$ out of you and me". In this case, it's just you. Have a Merry Christma$$ and a Ha$$y New Year! A$$easons Greetings! :) 

Embra: You mean somebody's actually getting married these days? Not just shackin' up? What's this world coming to? :) 

Neversaid I didnt like them, It you who said the anand results were "pick and choose".
Edited my original post to remove any signs of "assumption", Happy?
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December 4, 2010 8:46:08 PM

I'm always happy! It's a sunny day, life is great, and I've been a good boy this year so Santa's going to bring me my very own nympho under the tree... and on the kitchen table, and in the back seat of the car, and hanging from the chandelier at the opera house, and... :) 
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