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I do alot of gaming & need a good processor for the long haul.

I'm looking at this Hierarchy Chart from toms hardware web site.
I really like the i5 processor, but I just got this new board listed on my profile. I want to get the most out of it...
Seemingly i5's 6XX series and descent quads Q9xxx appear to be the same in respects to gaming capabilities.

But I'm really eyeing the Q9400.
Whats your opinions on this?
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I wouldn't run a Quad-Core CPU on your motherboard at all. Just start from scratch and make a new system is all the advice I can give you, unfortunately. If you spend money on a better board and CPU you might as well just spend it on a new system.

I remember you made another thread regarding a Pentium D and the C2D you have now. If you were thinking about serious gaming, you should've just not spend the money on the new chip. In the meantime, you can try to get the highest over-clock you can. Almost all of the E2160s reach 3.0GHz. Get there and you'll see a big boost. After you have the money, make a new system.
    
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I agree with the 2nd poster. Don't waste anymore cash on 775. Go Sandy or wait for Ivy. Save, save, save!
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$165 for a quad still isnt a bad deal especially if its a q9400... Ranked close to an i5.
whats a Sandy or Ivy ? ? ? : /
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Simple answer: If you have 300$ to spend. Go with a SB motherboard and a 2500. If you want to overclock (not needed really) go with the 2500K. RAM modules are very cheap today. 8GB should be about enough for mostly anything. And if I count correctly. You should be set back about 350$ total. If you get a cheap motherboard.

If you want to wait, then save the 350$ add another 350$ when Intel releases Ivy Bridge.
Then you should have a futureproof build. At least for 2 years to come, before they release something EVEN better.. Like always
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BTW..others have put Quads on the board I'm using. I mean if it was that bad MSI wouldn't label the board as doing such and complaints would be through the roof.
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Originally Posted by bleuborsh;13338934 
$165 for a quad still isnt a bad deal especially if its a q9400... Ranked close to an i5.
whats a Sandy or Ivy ? ? ? : /

once you get to multi tasking, the i5 7xx will surpass the C2Q

Sandy= Sandy bridge CPU (LGA 1155 and upcoming LGA 2011)

Ivy= Ivy bridge CPU (22nm next gen CPU coming shortly Q4 this year IIRC....or was it Q2 next year?)

don't blow any more money on 775.....its officially dead and time to move on to somethign new imho
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by bleuborsh;13338934 
$165 for a quad still isnt a bad deal especially if its a q9400... Ranked close to an i5.
whats a Sandy or Ivy ? ? ? : /

$165 for a Q9400 isn't bad, you're right... it's horrible. Don't even consider it. You won't be able to over-clock at all on your motherboard and it'll be a complete waste of money since newer chips blow it out of the water. Again, you're spending money on a dead platform. Start from scratch and build a Sandy Bridge build if you have $750 or more or a Deneb build if you have $500-700. Again, start from scratch.

Sandy Bridge is the codename for Intel's newest CPU architecture. It includes the i3 2100, the i5 2500K, and the i7 2600K.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bleuborsh;13338958 
BTW..others have put Quads on the board I'm using. I mean if it was that bad MSI wouldn't label the board as doing such and complaints would be through the roof.

It's good for stock performance. We're saying it for your own good. If you spend the money on that chip, you're gonna seriously regret it. Even a Phenom II X4 925, a $115 chip, is faster. LGA775 is dead; don't spend money on it.
    
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Hate waiting..even then when those newer procers come out there still like thousands of dollars. I could get an 1155 board & an i5, but if i keep waiting around for the best than I wont have anything.
I cant overclock my cpu past 2.4ghz though..something is wrong. My new cooler is great but the cpu just cant the overclocking for some unknown reason.
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