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Is this CPU worth buying for me ?

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December 12, 2010 9:20:34 AM

Hi there community :) 

My spec is:
CPU : Intel Pentium 2Duo E6300 (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41493)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
RAM: 4GB, DDR3, 1300-1600 MHz
Motherboard: ASUS P5P43TD PRO (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

And Im thinking about buying this CPU:
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9550 (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=33924)
(12M Cache, 2.83 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)

Even my RAM should be faster, from 1000 MHz to 1300MHz, because of bigger FSB speed of CPU.
I would like to ask you all, if someone could tell me if its worth buying for games for me ??
For how long I wont get perforamnce issues ? At CPU Buyers guide I read it should be 3-4 years ?

Thanks to everybody for answers and advices :) 
Have a nice holydays :D 

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December 12, 2010 9:34:05 AM

Actually I forgot to ask ... if you amybe could recommend me some other cheaper CPU?
What do you say about :
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8400
(4M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=38512)

Will I get enough performence for modern games ?
December 12, 2010 9:42:11 AM

thats the thing ... I bought the motherboard lately ... so I wanna just upgrade my CPU ... I dont want to spend too much money
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December 12, 2010 10:34:54 AM

If you're budget-minded like me the C2D E8600 @ 3.33GHz 6mb Cache is pretty awesome as well.
It's not a Q9550, but it's enough to play most, if not all, games released to date.
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December 13, 2010 12:20:43 PM

Going from a dual core to a faster one is not a good upgrade, some games are already optimized for more cores
http://www.grandtheftpc.com/2010/03/list-of-quad-core-o...

The Q9550 is $275. You can get this and reuse your RAM:

MSI 790XT-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$214.98

You can also get a $100 Athlon II X4.

Then sell your mobo + CPU and get a new video card.
December 13, 2010 1:03:45 PM

Actually mosox is right, I didn't realize that the E8600 is actually more expensive than the Q9550! The Q9550 is far better value for money @ $275 than the E8600 @ $290. As far as moving to AMD is concerned, I think that's a bit extreme, but it's also an option.

When deciding on the best CPU for me, I like to use these comparison chart's as a guideline: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
They're not 100% accurate, since they don't take the motherboard chipset into account, but they're great as a rough guideline.
December 13, 2010 3:09:49 PM

yea I want just quad processor ... so I think I will go for Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8400 ... its less expensive ... and it should be good for a while whould it ?
December 13, 2010 3:12:23 PM

I'd go with a C2Q. Lots of games now recommend Quad core procs. Have you considered an i5?
December 13, 2010 3:18:48 PM

I would have to buy new motherboard ... and I just want to buy new CPU
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December 13, 2010 3:35:52 PM

I still think switching to AMD is better because:

- The Phenom II variant costs about as much as a Q8400 + a HSF or a better 775 CPU with no aftermarket HSF.

- You'll be able to drop in the latest AM3 CPUs including the 6 cores in the future.

- After you buy the stuff you can get some $$$ by selling your mobo and CPU. Those $$$ can go towards a new video card.

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December 13, 2010 3:55:48 PM

Yep, I don't know why Intel doesn't want to drop the prices for the 775 socket. Heck, an i-5 760 is cheaper than some of those quads. I bet they will do the same for their newer platforms, two years from now the i-5 will still be $200.

LE: He doesn't need to change the RAM when buying a AM2+ mobo like the one above. That mobo is DDR2 and crossfire too.
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