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Usefulness of q9550 for near future

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March 23, 2012 7:37:02 PM

Hello,

My System:
600w ocz psu
680i lt mobo
Ati 6870 1gb (1400x900)
4gb ram
e8400@3ghz

My bro in law is upgrading his system so i can grab his socket 775 q9550. I play skyrim, deus ex HR, sc2, bf3. I have heard these are threaded games and i should get some improvements.

How long will this likely increase the usefulness of my computer (1 yr??) I am trying to put off upgrading cause i'm ramen college poor.

Considering it's free, who can complain. Any thoughts on a good overclock?
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March 23, 2012 7:43:48 PM

The 9550 is a good CPU and can do some decent overclocks. Of course when you can double your cores and get extra speed, you'll see a difference.

How long will it increase your future-ability? Well, technically you are already obsolete by at least 3 new 'techs', but really, your CPU is useful until it burns out or your needs outgrow it. No one can really say (except maybe Intel) how long the 775 fabrication process will be useful/programs made for.

Case in point, my HTPC still runs an old AMD 4850e, but it continues to do the job. It doesn't get gamed on so I forsee it's ability to run movies through HDMI to last until HDMI no longer exists!! :) 
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March 23, 2012 7:51:43 PM

It's a good CPU. I've been using my Q9450 since 2008 OC'ed to 3.0GHz. It will be a big boost over the E8400 when it comes to games that uses more than 2 cores.

I'm going to upgrade to Intel's Haswell CPU when it comes out next year. At that point in time the Q9450 will go into my HTPC.
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March 23, 2012 8:20:02 PM

true it's a little long in the tooth but for my personal gamer I swapped out an annoying 6850 dual core for the q9550 ( several years ago.... ) . Real good move it was. The dual core was almost obsolete for my needs when I purchased it and soon became annoying to have. Big difference in performance with the extra cores and cache. If you're getting it for nothing it's a no brainer.

right now it's the limiting factor in my machine and it will soon need to be upgraded.
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March 23, 2012 8:24:40 PM

You might be able to squeeze out around two years perhaps more if you keep up to date when it comes to the drives. This cpu can handle mid range cards without any noticeable loses compared to newer build but that is all. Overall it is good enough for most games cpu wise but the board does hold things back a little even for 775 but not terribly.
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March 23, 2012 9:49:35 PM

If you overclock it, it'll still keep up with most any new CPU priced $150 or less, should last you a few years honestly.
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March 23, 2012 10:47:01 PM

CPU's tend to last until either they Die, or no longer offer the performance you need/want
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March 24, 2012 6:44:38 AM

Bad news. According to the nVidia site, the Q9550 (or any 45 nm quad) is not compatible with the nForce 600 chipset.

My experience with my eVGA 680i motherboard indicates that is true.
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March 25, 2012 6:32:22 PM

jsc said:
Bad news. According to the nVidia site, the Q9550 (or any 45 nm quad) is not compatible with the nForce 600 chipset.

My experience with my eVGA 680i motherboard indicates that is true.


that almost sounds too insane to be true. makes me rethink future purchase. I don't buy high end cards for myself anymore but this would also translate into mid-range cards ? wacky..... are these pci-e 3.o interfaces ? and is that why ? please post link. need to educate myself.
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