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I plan to do an upgrade to my HTPC to be more efficient in CPU crunching. I run WCG and NFS as CPU projects.

I have two options:
- Upgrade it to a Q6600 along with a good mobo and OC to 3.2-3.3 GHz
- Use my B55/get a 955 along with a good mobo and OC to 3.5 GHz

I'll be recycling most of my old stuff on it, and i can keep temps on check with my H50.

Which one would be the best?
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955BE will outperform the q6600 I think... plus it uses more modern DDR3 (not sure of Q6600) and passmarks 1000 points higher too.

I have one, it runs great for the price!

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post #3 of 20
The 955. I don't even think it's possible to still get a good *new* mobo for the q6600. The 955 and an AM3+ mobo will provide room for upgrading in the future too.

I'm pretty sure if you're buying new, the 955 will actually be cheaper, even though it's much faster.
    
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Probably the 955. It's hard to get a good 775 mobo now days that can OC the Q6600 up to 3.2-3.4..that've seen for sale anyways, they're all 100+ and mostly used. Ontop of that you'd need a really nice heatsink to handle the temps of the OC. Even then, it'll still only perform neck and neck with the 955...maybe outperforming it in some things..not sure.

I'd say just get the 955 and a cheap board and be done with it.
    
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post #5 of 20
Definitely the 955. The 955 trades blows with the Q9550 and they're both faster than the Q6600.
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Actually in emulation (PCSX2) the Q9550 performs like the first generation Core i7.

http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-CPU-Benchmark-designed-for-PCSX2-based-on-FFX-2

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55.17 FPS - SLUS 20672 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - 3.2 GHz OC - tuanming

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48.05 FPS - SLUS 20672 - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - 3.33 GHz OC - ilovejedd (Turbo Core off)
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I have a Q6600 with an old P35 DFI blood iron motherboard. I have been unable to find a reasonably priced replacment LGA775 motherboard with more than 1 PCI express slot.
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post #8 of 20
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Actually in emulation (PCSX2) the Q9550 performs like the first generation Core i7.
Emulation is but one thing that wasn't mentioned in the OP though, and a Core 2 Quad Q6600 is no Core 2 Quad Q9550 either. I'd rather have an equivalent 45nm Core 2 Quad over a Phenom II any day myself, but given we're talking about the old and low clocked Core 2 Quad Q6600 versus a Phenom II that will come clocked higher and likely be cheaper (or no more expensive), then I'd actually go with the Phenom II in this case.
post #9 of 20
The P-II X4 955 chip will outperform similar intel chips that use Hyper Threading... the 1090T blows away the i7-950 in my boxes for many CPU tasks... for instance, Optima CPU tasks give me 3600 PPD on the intel 950 @4.25Ghz while the 1090t @3.96GHz gives me 5150 PPD...

Maybe the AMD chips aren't as hot snot for business or gaming, but they kick bunz on BOINC stuff... spreadsheet numbers don't lie... PPD don't lie... Naturally the Intels improve with HT Off somewhat... but cost is a major factor too and AMD beats intel to pieces in many things when all is considered.

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Well, for 775 mobo i planned to buy an used EP45-UD3P, or P5Q, as i know i'd have a hard time finding a new one (and the price would not be worthy of such an old socket)

Also, considering i have a x2 555 which fully unlocks at stock voltages, i have the hope of clocking it to at least 3.5 GHz. So it's only a matter of buying a good mobo.

Sadly, i can't have two secondary machines at once (yet biggrin.gif) so i have to pick.
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