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Hey guys,

Well, I'm making the jump to SB. Some people have told me that my Q9550 is still a great chip, and that I should wait longer. But I want to upgrade sooner than later, while my current mobo/CPU still retain their value. On eBay, I've seen Q9550s go for $180, and some for $200 shipped. My UD3P should sell for $125 without too much of an issue. My RAM should also fetch $50ish. So, that basically knocks $355 off my upgrade price.

I'm thinking I'm going with this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478

The RAM has not been decided yet, but put it around $40 ish.

Now comes the hard part, deciding between 2500K, and 2600K. The upgrade to 2500K should only cost me about $110-$120 out of pocket (plus I found about $35 in newegg giftcards for christmas and such). The 2600K will put me out about $210-$220 after I sell off my current mobo/CPU/RAM. I will be using this mostly for gaming. However, I will be folding a lot on it. I don't do a lot of rendering, but I do some video encoding between different formats. So a few things that put the 2600K in favor over the 2500K

1) Future proofing
With HT, the 2600K offers me a lot more headroom for future applications that may require it. I've always been against cutting corners on PCs, because I usually end up with buyers remorse. Since its only $100 more, and I will be making quite a bit of my money back in selling my old gear, it doesn't hurt me too much.

2) Resale value
This is a big one. Part of the reason I've decided to make the upgrade was because of how my Q9550/UD3P have retained their resale value, making it easier to afford an upgrade. I think (but may be wrong) that the 2600K will hold its resale value a lot more than a 2500K when I make the jump to ivy in a few years.

3) epeen. Not important, but always nice.

So OCN, I turn to you for help in making this decision. The alure of i7 is so tempting...
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Would going to microcenter be an option for you? You could find some amazing discounts on cpu and mobo combos which would make the upgrade easier on your wallet. It seems that your pretty much set on the i7 and that going with the 2500k would be a regrettable decision. The 2500k would suite your needs very well and would probably still have more than enough juice for the things you'll be doing, but if you really feel like going with the 2600k then just do it
    
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Would going to microcenter be an option for you? You could find some amazing discounts on cpu and mobo combos which would make the upgrade easier on your wallet. It seems that your pretty much set on the i7 and that going with the 2500k would be a regrettable decision. The 2500k would suite your needs very well and would probably still have more than enough juice for the things you'll be doing, but if you really feel like going with the 2600k then just do it
I've considered making a run out to Microcenter. The problem is that it's an hour each way. At 120 miles, and the cost of gas nowadays, I'd only be saving about $20 over neweggs price.
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On the cpu alone you'd save $40 (not including tax) plus another ~$40 on a combo deal. I would personally go just for the heck of it and 20 bucks is still a decent amount.
    
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I was in the same boat as you last week. I just went and spent the extra 100 for the 2600k due to reason number one that you listed.
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Every time I see someone mention how far they may be to the nearest MC I sort of think how silly I used to be on my stance of "If it ain't Newegg I would not buy from them".

I recall back in 2003 or 04 or a guy I used to build pc's for would mention them too me and I would tell him no way.

Boy o boy was I silly haha. Since 2007 I have brought a bulk of my pc parts from them. Here is the kicker too. I live about 19-21 mins from MC too. In fact I just built my new pc with the i5 2500k which flies too.

I order less and less from the Egg now a days it seems. I especially like getting my hard drives from MC after hearing the issues people would have with packaging from newegg over the last several years.

Oh well just thought I'd share a moment with you all. Boy was a ignorant. I love going to MC and being able to touch and look at so many pc parts.
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I say go for the 2600K. As games start using more threads, the 2600K will pull ahead, and if you have the money for it, might as well.
    
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I am standing at the same crossroads as the OP, I am going to be using my rig for close to 24/7 virtualization (studying for my VCP ) and I will probably be playing games at the same time so the extra threads would be nice.
    
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Hey guys,

Well, I'm making the jump to SB. Some people have told me that my Q9550 is still a great chip, and that I should wait longer. But I want to upgrade sooner than later, while my current mobo/CPU still retain their value. On eBay, I've seen Q9550s go for $180, and some for $200 shipped. My UD3P should sell for $125 without too much of an issue. My RAM should also fetch $50ish. So, that basically knocks $355 off my upgrade price.

I'm thinking I'm going with this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478

The RAM has not been decided yet, but put it around $40 ish.

Now comes the hard part, deciding between 2500K, and 2600K. The upgrade to 2500K should only cost me about $110-$120 out of pocket (plus I found about $35 in newegg giftcards for christmas and such). The 2600K will put me out about $210-$220 after I sell off my current mobo/CPU/RAM. I will be using this mostly for gaming. However, I will be folding a lot on it. I don't do a lot of rendering, but I do some video encoding between different formats. So a few things that put the 2600K in favor over the 2500K

1) Future proofing
With HT, the 2600K offers me a lot more headroom for future applications that may require it. I've always been against cutting corners on PCs, because I usually end up with buyers remorse. Since its only $100 more, and I will be making quite a bit of my money back in selling my old gear, it doesn't hurt me too much.

2) Resale value
This is a big one. Part of the reason I've decided to make the upgrade was because of how my Q9550/UD3P have retained their resale value, making it easier to afford an upgrade. I think (but may be wrong) that the 2600K will hold its resale value a lot more than a 2500K when I make the jump to ivy in a few years.

3) epeen. Not important, but always nice.

So OCN, I turn to you for help in making this decision. The alure of i7 is so tempting...


I just made the jump last week. I have the Q9550 as well, it is an awesome chip. I went with the 2600K.
Edited by JLMS2010 - 10/31/11 at 6:19am
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I've considered making a run out to Microcenter. The problem is that it's an hour each way. At 120 miles, and the cost of gas nowadays, I'd only be saving about $20 over neweggs price.
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On the cpu alone you'd save $40 (not including tax) plus another ~$40 on a combo deal. I would personally go just for the heck of it biggrin.gif and 20 bucks is still a decent amount.

trick a friend into driving you

for me, I'm ruling out the 2600k because I will probably want to upgrade again long before I'd max the potential of a 2500k

I just want something for games any
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