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Is it worth to switch out a spare rig from its current LGA 775 socket with Q6600 to an AMD setup with either 955 or 970 (or maybe even a Thuban)? Do not want to jump to Buldozer yet as I am trying to build cheap - so will be looking for used AMD CPU.

EDIT: Will be used primarily for gaming with SLI GTX 560Ti.
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Not particularly. If you're going to upgrade I certainly wouldn't consider going for not last gen but the gen before that.

If you are going to upgrade at this point you will need to replace the motherboard, memory and processor for it to be worthwhile. Go with an i5 2500k and you'll be rocking.

But yeah, your proposal is more a side grade,

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Is the current Q6600 overclocked or stock? If it's running stock and can't be overclocked, then a swap might be worth it. If the Q6600 is running at >= 3.0ghz, then I might consider swapping it out more pain than it's worth.
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Well...I either need to do a side grade or upgrade. The motherboard I got now is crap. The PCIe slots are so close that the cards are sandwiched together making them scream. So, I need to switch that out at the earliest possible.

i2500k would be nice. But I was thinking I may be able to get my hands on a 970 (or maybe even a Thuban) at sub 100 dollah? wink.gif

Edit: @BinaryDemon. Yes, the Q6600 has been a royal pain to overclock. Ran good at 3.4 for a while. Then dumped on me. Ran good at 3.2 for a while, then crap. Now, I can barely keep it at 3.0
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Well...I either need to do a side grade or upgrade. The motherboard I got now is crap. The PCIe slots are so close that the cards are sandwiched together making them scream. So, I need to switch that out at the earliest possible.
i2500k would be nice. But I was thinking I may be able to get my hands on a 970 (or maybe even a Thuban) at sub 100 dollah? wink.gif
Edit: @BinaryDemon. Yes, the Q6600 has been a royal pain to overclock. Ran good at 3.4 for a while. Then dumped on me. Ran good at 3.2 for a while, then crap. Now, I can barely keep it at 3.0

There is a reason they are cheaper, they just aren't as good.

I know you've had your machine for a long time since the way you talk about it, i'm guessing you want a machine that's going to last, the i5 2500k will last you. It's an epic overclocker and in all honesty, I can't really recommend you get an AMD setup unless you already have an AM3+ board and memory. That is the only reason AMD are still here, they are just amazing bang for buck and don't change their chipsets that oftec.

It's just not the best solution for you at this point. The i5 really is.

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post #6 of 22
If you're not ready to upgrade to i5, it's not worth going to phenom II. Get a used 775 board that meets your needs and throw the vcore to the q6600. It should take a years worth of abuse til you're ready to upgrade.
    
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Rather than going used, you can score a new X4 960T on Amazon for about $110 (no tax and free shipping). The 960T is a Thuban based chip with 2 cores disabled. It does however still carry the turbo core features and from I have read, can easily overclock to 4GHz without much of a voltage increase. It also has the better Thuban memory controller over the Deneb IMC in the 955/970's. I would definitely say that it would be an upgrade over the Q6600, though you would need to get a new motherboard and RAM. 8GB's of decent DDR3 RAM shouldn't run more than $60 and a good SLI board should be around $140.

Overall, the cost really shouldn't be more than around $300 for the CPU, motherboard and RAM. Plus, any AM3+ board should be good for when AMD comes out with Piledriver.
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post #8 of 22
I actually went from an OEM q6600 dell to a 955 and I noticed quite an improvement. Of course my dell also had a 8800gts 320 and the 955 had a 6790. The 955 had 16GB of RAM and a SSD and the dell had 3GB of RAM and a mechanical HDD. I was very impressed how my 955 BE ran. Of course I sold it and now am rocking a 2500k but still tongue.gif
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$300? Spend just a little more than that and he's rocking the 2500k @ 4.5 that he didn't won't to spring for.
    
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Heck...if I go i5-2500k, I might as well throw that in my sig rig and throw my i5-750 on the other rig. Hmmm.......decisions...decisions....
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