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Is the e8400 oc'd 4gz worth upgrading

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December 29, 2010 11:03:03 PM

I game and see that alot of titles starting to use quad core.
Is it worth it to go with the Q9650 "oc'd to 4gz" accorse or will I not see much improvement.
Already upgaded my graphics to a gtx 570 so this will be it for a few more years.
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December 30, 2010 12:37:00 AM

@ 4.0 GHz you have a CPU that holds its own, if you go for a Q9650 there is no guarantee that it will reach 4GHz and they are still a little pricey. Spending large sums of money on old tech is not recommended.
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December 30, 2010 1:07:11 AM

What do you have now?
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December 30, 2010 1:08:19 AM

In the title!
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December 30, 2010 1:16:56 AM

Lol, remind not to wake up so early.

You should simply go Phenom II X6 or X4 with a DDR2, or get a cheap Sandy Bridge quad+mobo when they come out if you have DDR3. Saves you the extra dosh from retaining your RAM.

Don't bother with the Q9650, it's too expensive for the gaming performance it brings.

Only upgrade if you feel that games are running too slow.
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December 30, 2010 1:57:26 AM

I have thought the same thing about my e8400 @4 ghz. It has been great for gaming but I have just picked up an I7 940 on the cheap from ebay cause I use video and graphic rendering so the 2 more cores will hit the spot. Games using 4 core will take a while for it to be the norm IMO.
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December 30, 2010 3:21:37 AM

iac31 said:
I game and see that alot of titles starting to use quad core.
Is it worth it to go with the Q9650 "oc'd to 4gz" accorse or will I not see much improvement.
Already upgaded my graphics to a gtx 570 so this will be it for a few more years.



You are fine with the cpu you have now. Save your money to do a more complete upgrade to go with you nice gpu. :) 
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December 30, 2010 3:29:13 AM

He has a GTX 460.
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December 30, 2010 3:58:36 AM

GTX 570
Coffee does wonders LOL
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December 30, 2010 4:11:56 AM

lol, I need coffee.
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December 30, 2010 4:45:53 AM

To OP
Sit tight
Wait for Sandybridge/Bulldozer.

To amdfangirl : nice artwork on website; very cool; do you still use an open case?
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December 30, 2010 4:52:20 AM

I sure do!
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December 30, 2010 4:59:21 AM

I do that with my fiance's computer.
Though it is because I got it for free without a top cover (HP SFF) LOL
Works fine and the window ac unit blows on it during the summer :) 
I just blow it out with a air compressor every couple of months

Back to the OP :
Definitley wait to upgrade and go with new mobo/cpu later after
new tech comes out.
You will still be able to get decent money for your old mobo/cpu
Me personally I use a LGA775 and hope everybody dumps their old
CPUs on Ebay to get Sandybridge and drives down prices especially on used C2Qs
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December 30, 2010 5:28:38 AM

Either way, just wait for Sandy Bridge.

Can't wait for LGA 775 to be a novelty item.
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December 30, 2010 7:19:23 AM

amdfangirl said:
Either way, just wait for Sandy Bridge.

Can't wait for LGA 775 to be a novelty item.


well your name is amdfangirl isn it?
I remember when Socket A rocked Intel
I had an Athlon XP 1250mhz (I think ThunderBird?) that hit 2.0 stable on air with a PNY fX5500 128mb
Im really more of an Intel guy
No particular bias it is just what I ended up getting used cheap LOL


OP talked Intel
Of course a nice AM3/cpu board is a good option
Which still means wait for Bulldozer
The OPs system will fine until then
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December 30, 2010 8:30:43 AM

I have a personal preference of AMD.

I don't let that cloud my judgement.

My LGA 775 rig was a gift.
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December 30, 2010 2:28:51 PM

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Is it worth it to go with the Q9650 "oc'd to 4gz" accorse or will I not see much improvement.


I don't think you will see much difference.

There have been articles on toms website in the past year or so where they did tests with different numbers of cores, and of course the results depended on the software title. Some had an improvement, some did not.

Personally I use an E8500 at 3.8GHz at work and a Q9400 at 3.4GHz at home. Overall the Q9400 is more responsive. There seem to be plenty of times that I detect slowdowns when using the dual core machine. I never detect slowdowns with the quad core machine. I don't think that is worth the upgrade unless you find the quad core chip for a low cost.

I have built some i5 machines and overclocked them. There is a slight benefit to them over the core2 quad machines, but certainly not worth the upgrade cost for you at this time. I fail to see what benefits there will be to the upcoming sandinyourtoes machines, except more profits for Intel. It seems that for most of us we won't be able to overclock them so we will be seeing lower performance.
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December 30, 2010 2:29:24 PM

Unless something specific is not performing up to snuff, AND you believe the CPU is the reason, I'd put off any upgrade at least until SB/BD have affected prices.
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December 30, 2010 2:50:10 PM

Thanks for the replies,the price of the 9650 is what made me post.
I'll just wait since I really havnt had any problems with my games.
Happy new year to ya!
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December 30, 2010 3:47:30 PM

Happy New Year
Enjoy your system
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December 30, 2010 4:40:07 PM

You're going to need a new motherboard for that i7 you just bought.
It uses a different CPU socket, as well as DDR3 RAM.
But if you hadn't, I would suggest the Q9550. It's the same as the Q9650, just factory clocked a little higher. I had an E8400 myself before switching to a Q9550 after a little 'accident' while tinkering, and the performance increase was phenomenal. It literally is twice the processor. Don't spend 50 dollars more from a Q9550 to a Q9650. I have mine clocked at 3.91 Ghz.
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