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I have an E8500 that I have been using for about 3 years that has been overclocked to death. Many Suicides runs and 24/7 use @ 1.34V 4.25ghz and 70-80C

Point is, it has now degraded to the point where it will only run stock at about 1.3V

I had intended all this time to get Bulldozer, that didnt work and so intended to get Ivy Bridge.

However, I just got the opportunity to get a Q9550 for about 80USD, used but always run stock. Do you reckon this could keep me going until Haswell arrives?

Point is, and LGA775 user knows that we are coming to the point where they are starting to feel a little sluggish, and while the E8500 was generally faster in games in 2007, because of higher clocks etc, are we now at the point where moving to a quad would be more beneficial? even if it is still an LGA 775 proc

I will obviously OC this chip to death

Would like to know what people think, all the other components are in Sig Rig.

Also would like to boast that I just picked up 2x 6970 to put in this rig for 260 USD. Bottleneck anyone? Hahah
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i'm looking to get a q9550 with a 50 dollar trade in and i was gonna keep it for ever if a crappy dual core can game decently a q9550 will pwn for a while.
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At least point the guy in the right direction, you should post here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/
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Q9550 all the way. It's faster clock for clock than Phenom II lol... but really it still is a very capable CPU and $80 is a pretty good price. Do you know what stepping it is? I think it's the E0 that overclock better, although I'm not all that familiar with 775.
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At least point the guy in the right direction, you should post here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/
Wow, there s like a whole side of this site, I ve never looked at before, +1
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If I had a Core 2 Quad Q9x50 with a decent overclock, I'd probably be waiting for Haswell.

You already have a 45nm Core 2 at high speeds, so you know what to expect; more of the same, only with more cores. If you were constantly in situations where lack of cores held you up, it's a worthy consideration. If not, while the Core 2 Quad has almost twice the potential, if you don't need it, it's a needless move, and I'd say wait for Ivy Bridge or Haswell.

That's a very fair deal for $80 for that CPU though, especially one that hasn't been abused, and the matter of having to sit back at stock speeds if you stick with what you have does play in some too, I suppose, so the Core 2 Quad is suddenly an upgrade all around in itself.
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Wow, there s like a whole side of this site, I ve never looked at before, +1
yeah i kind of know how you fell i remember this really, really alaborit forum set up on this command and conquer site once.

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Q9550 all the way. It's faster clock for clock than Phenom II lol... but really it still is a very capable CPU and $80 is a pretty good price. Do you know what stepping it is? I think it's the E0 that overclock better, although I'm not all that familiar with 775.
I feel this way too, it has 12 freaking megs of L2.
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Wow, there s like a whole side of this site, I ve never looked at before, +1
Yep, on the home page, you have to scroll down beyond all the members online, there are tons of forums.

I've reported your post so it gets moved by a mod into the right section.
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This is what I m thinking, Games like Rage, Skyrim, Battlefield, Metro could probably all benefit from extra cores and an OC to maybe 3.6 on the Q9550, compared to the dual core 8500 at 3.33

I guess this whole question is about whether Programs are benefiting from 4 cores yet all on the same architecture

And if it allows me to wait another year before upgrade then all good. Haswell is around Q1 Q2 2013 right?
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At $80 I say go for it, and you can always sell it again when you upgrade. Itll probably find a new home again for that price when the time comes with someone else on 775.
    
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