Originally Posted by tyler31763
Funny I was planning on upgrading to the 3570k (or the haswell equivalent if its better) in the summer. So I should be looking for $50 for the 9650, if you don't mind i'd like some help finding one for this price I haven't seen a single under $100.
Well I suppose its possible that second hand q9xxx's are more expensive in the states though $100 just sounds like way more then its worth. We have a saying here in Finland that roughly translates to "The stupid one is not the one who asks, but he one who is willing to pay". If 5-6 year old CPU's are still selling for that price then I guess the sellers have no reason to go cheaper.
Even so there are not that many q9650's around as it was the top of the line C2Q costing ~$500. The q9550 is much more plentiful as it only cost half that and was almost as fast. That being said if you intended to go for a 3570k later this year the the point of hunting down a C2Q is kinda moot. You might as well just get a new graphics card like a 7850 or a 7950 and roll with the E8400.
Sure the E8400 will bottleneck the new GPU to some extent but its not like you wont see a huge leap in FPS regardless. CPU bottlenecking mostly shaves of top end FPS anyway (though in some extreme cases particle effects and physics can make slow CPU's bog down) and with a powerful GPU you can ramp up gpu bound stuff like AA, AF, resolution that sorta thing. While on the subject. Any plans to move up to 1080p form that 20"?