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Which CPU would be the fastest for my MOBO and is it worth it?

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February 1, 2013 8:30:40 AM

I have some old desktop at the office which i'm going to upgrade.
It has Asus P5E mobo with Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz CPU now.

In Mobo's spec's it's said:
Intel Socket 775
Compatible with Intel 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel 45nm CPU
Front Side Bus: 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz

What i have read about, is that the best ones that i could get are:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 - 3.00 GHz, 12 MB L2-Cache, 1333MHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - 2,83 GHz, 12 MB L2-Cache, 1333MHz

Question, is it worth for me to upgrade CPU and will i see noticeable difference?

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February 1, 2013 9:25:04 AM

If you find Q9650 at good price then it might be good deal for you. Before that it is better to check performance charts of both CPUs. You can find one at below link:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=50

To answer you another question "is it worth for me to upgrade CPU and will i see noticeable difference?" It depends on purpose for which you use machine. For daily use (Not CPU intensive tasks), you will not see noticeable difference. If you are using for heavy tasks, like playing games, you might notice some extra FPS.
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February 1, 2013 9:49:36 AM

400-600Mhz will not make a huge difference and could most likely be done by overclocking without the new CPU.
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February 1, 2013 9:54:19 AM

At the office, what sort of tasks do you use your desktop for?
February 1, 2013 10:04:13 AM

well, i do Photoshop, video editing tasks, etc
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February 1, 2013 10:20:24 AM

Yes, buy the Q9560 if you can find it. But if you have some extra cash, you can buy a cheap computer with a i5, 4gb Ram and a decent motherboard...
February 1, 2013 10:33:15 AM

ndositwe said:
At the office, what sort of tasks do you use your desktop for?


Ohh, I am sorry if I offended you but I completely missed first sentence from your question that this machine is at office.

Ok, for Photoshop and Video edits, you will get little extra performance because of some extra MHz. You might achieve the same performance by overclocking your current CPU.
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February 1, 2013 10:46:33 AM

rog02 said:
Ohh, I am sorry if I offended you but I completely missed first sentence from your question that this machine is at office.

Ok, for Photoshop and Video edits, you will get little extra performance because of some extra MHz. You might achieve the same performance by overclocking your current CPU.

But if he does OC, he will need a really good cooler, those chips run Hot Hot Hot! when OCed. But buying a 70$ cooler and OCing is better than buying a new cpu...
February 1, 2013 6:06:02 PM

Well, for the price of new Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 or a bit more i can find some I7 processor, that would be much more powerful so i started thinking about getting a new mobo, cpu, ram to have some more expenses but much faster machine
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