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I've been gaming 1920x1080 BFBC2 with my E8500 (2 GTX260s sli),

And my CPU is almost constantly pegged at 90%-100%...

Will a Q9550 provide better gaming? Or should I just save up for i7?
    
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Definitely worth it, for the right price (100$ more or less).

While the E8500 is still a good CPU, going quad makes sense since you're using 2 GPUs, and will definitely help when you upgrade to a more modern, high-end GPU.

And while most games run fine on a dual core, we are now starting to see some nice improvements when using a Quad.

Think of it like this:

Dual Core = still decently fast

Quad core = Faster.
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Originally Posted by wick001;13481088 
I've been gaming 1920x1080 BFBC2 with my E8500 (2 GTX260s sli),

And my CPU is almost constantly pegged at 90%-100%...

Will a Q9550 provide better gaming? Or should I just save up for i7?

If you can clock it to the same as the E8500 you will definitely see an improvement, Especially in BC2 which loves CPU cores. smile.gif
 
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post #4 of 75
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Originally Posted by wick001;13481088 
I've been gaming 1920x1080 BFBC2 with my E8500 (2 GTX260s sli),

And my CPU is almost constantly pegged at 90%-100%...

Will a Q9550 provide better gaming? Or should I just save up for i7?

If you have a nice motherboard for OC then it would be worth it..

A Q9550 would definitely boost your gaming performance..

Otherwise if you don't have a good motherboard (a P45 mobo would do the trick) and 4GB of RAM capable of at least 1000MHz then I would recommend you to upgrade entire system to a Sandy Bridge platform..

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Originally Posted by PanicProne;13481155 
Definitely worth it, for the right price (100$ more or less).

You'll never find a Q9550 for "$100 or less." These sell for $180+ pricing it right out of the market. You can buy an AM3 motherboard and 955 quad for that price. I was in the exact same boat and realized it was much cheaper to just sell my 775 mb and cpu and go AM3 with AMD quad. I did the entire swap for like $30 if I remember correctly. I was gonna do it 3 more times, but my dual core 775 cpus are still chugging along with everything that we play, so I've held off.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472;13481255 
You'll never find a Q9550 for "$100 or less." These sell for $180+ pricing it right out of the market. You can buy an AM3 motherboard and 955 quad for that price. I was in the exact same boat and realized it was much cheaper to just sell my 775 mb and cpu and go AM3 with AMD quad. I did the entire swap for like $30 if I remember correctly. I was gonna do it 3 more times, but my dual core 775 cpus are still chugging along with everything that we play, so I've held off.

Well, I can find Core 2 Quad CPUs selling for 100$ where I live. I have seena Q6600 for as low as 50€. How about that? Who would've thought that there's a world beyond the USA?

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Originally Posted by PanicProne;13481286 
Well, I can find Core 2 Quad CPUs selling for 100$ where I live. I have seena Q6600 for as low as 50€. How about that? Who would've thought that there's a world beyond the USA?

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What Q9550's?

Or Q6600... which sell for around $100...

Quite different...

If it is the 9550's where can I buy one for that price.. tongue.gif
 
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Originally Posted by PanicProne;13481286 
Well, I can find Core 2 Quad CPUs selling for 100$ where I live. I have seena Q6600 for as low as 50€. How about that? Who would've thought that there's a world beyond the USA?

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If you read the original post, he's not talking about the Q6600 or the castrated quads that we can also find at cheap prices. He's specifically talking about the Q9550 and Q9650 because these quads are as fast as his current E8400 in dual threaded apps. The other quads would be a step down.
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get a q9550 and you will be set for gaming for a long time to come
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Originally Posted by sccr64472;13481337 
If you read the original post, he's not talking about the Q6600 or the castrated quads that we can also find at cheap prices. He's specifically talking about the Q9550 and Q9650 because these quads are as fast as his current E8400 in dual threaded apps. The other quads would be a step down.

Here's a Portuguese forum, where a user is selling an i5 760 for 135€: http://chiptec.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19668

You can gauge the price of a used Q9550 from there. It's not my fault that you can't accept that people can find a full-fledged Core 2 Quad for a low price.

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