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Every time I see a thread about Sandy Bridge or Bulldozer I get to thinking about upgrading. But I still remember spending 300 something $ on my Q6600 for futureproofing and the fact is that it can still hold its own with my recently purchased 6950 2gb.

Overclocked to 3.33ghz it can still play most modern games, but its pretty obvious that it is getting old. But when I think about that I just pretend that I built a AMD rig and it feels better.

I know there are people who are still cutting it with worse CPU's on this forum. My question is this, how long do you think I can hold out before this CPU becomes a real problem in gaming?
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post #2 of 116
That CPU is more than fine. I still have one in another computer and it's working good. I would overclock it more to about 3.6 or 3.7 and you shouldn't have any problems.
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post #3 of 116
Honestly, that processor is quite slow compared to a SB.

I just came from one and noticed a performance increase in everything I do.

It's still capable but you'd see a hefty FPS increase in games if you upgraded.
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Honestly, that processor is quite slow compared to a SB.

I just came from one and noticed a performance increase in everything I do.

It's still capable but you'd see a hefty FPS increase in games if you upgraded.

I agree, I saw a large improvement as well, but that CPU can still pull lots of muscle.
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post #5 of 116
That chip will out last it's own value. Their is absolutly nothing wrong with holding on to it for several years longer.
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post #6 of 116
It's all coming down to what you need ... not what's "hot" at the moment.

I barely "upgraded" to this Q6600 because I don't encode videos or anything like that (and my games look good enough for me with it) my old E7400 served me well but, when I saw this for $70 I had to grab it.

Like AMC says, look into oc'ing it a bit more and start saving up. Because, in all honesty, the cost of maintaining 775 in the long run simply doesn't make financial sense. 775 Quads cost more than SB quads and DDR2 is twice as expensive as DDR3 memory.

Get some active cooling for your NB/SB and get to oc'ing ... that would be the cheapest route to a bit more longevity while you save up for a new rig.

Here's what I did yesterday on this Q6600--> But after lot's of reading around the net 500 fsb is totally unnecessary and 400-425 actually runs faster. That means you can possibly get more of an oc on that Q6600 and squeeze a bit more performance out of it for now.
 
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post #7 of 116
dunno about you but mine is 12 fps or less at medium settings = time to upgrade.
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The Q6600 is somewhat of a mythical chip. It was the first widely available consumer quad core. When it first came out, it wasn't worth the money because an e6600 could match it for gaming at half the price. However, those that went with a Q6600 are now in hog-heaven because it has long outlasted the E6600 due to modern multi-threaded programs/games.

Hold on to it as long as you feel like holding on to it, but you shouldn't sell it. That's a piece of history. Upgrade it when it no longer meets your criteria for a good computer.
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post #9 of 116
I' still love mine, I keep looking at those 2500k but just can't justify the money when my Q6600 keeps doing what I want, I thought I'd need one for BF3 but the Q6600 seems to do just fine. I think my next upgrade will be another GC rather than processor.

The best upgrade I've done lately (well the last year) was buying a SSD.
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post #10 of 116
I wouldn't upgrade. Going from a Phenom II X4 955 to an i5 2500k only yields 2-3 more fps in games, and a Q6600 is barely slower than a 955 clock for clock.

Not worth it if all you do is game. I'm sticking with my Q9400 until Haswell at the earliest.
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