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I need a CPU that has VT, NX, and is at least 3 GHz. My Q6600 is kinda outdated, but I don't want to phase out 775 completely. I think of it as a still ok socket. It is from the Kentsfield family. I want Yorkfield.
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post #2 of 31

I recommend the Q9450 or Q9550 and then overclock it to 3 GHz. However, it would be a much wiser investment to upgrade to either Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, or wait for Broadwell. The upgrade will make a HUGE difference.

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Q9550 or QX9770
What kind of motherboard do you have?
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It's from a dead company. Abit IN9-32MAX. It says it supports 45nm.
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It's from a dead company. Abit IN9-32MAX. It says it supports 45nm.

 

It's an nForce 680i SLI board, so it might need the latest BIOS in order to properly support a 45nm CPU.

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post #6 of 31
I agree with going for ivy or haswell. I went from q6600 to 3570k in 2012 and the difference was huge.
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post #7 of 31
Q9550 comes to mind, can probably pick one up on ebay new or gently used for an ok price by now, though a cheap board and a sandybridge would be alot better off IMHO
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You have got two options here:

1. Q9650 (the best socket 775 CPU) and overclock it to around 4.2 GHz. I don't recommend either Q9550 or Q9450. QX9770 is ridiculously expensive and very rare too.
2. Do the 771 to 775 mod, get an X5460 cheap and OC to 4.3 GHz.

As for upgrading, it depends what you do with your PC. I upgraded last December from a QX9650@4.1 GHz to a 4770k and it is 99% the same. I am actually running the 4770k at stock and could even probably run it underclocked at 3 GHz and still not impact gaming negatively.
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I would honestly say, if you haven't overclocked your q6600 then do it. If you aren't playing games/video editing all the time/encoding/doing professional work. Then the q6600 is perfectly fine for normal use and even in gaming is decent.

But, if you are going to spend money, save up till you can get a real upgrade to something new!

If you don't want to upgrade everything and just want fps, get a better graphics card. But if you need a nice bump, a newer c2q or the 771 mod is a very very viable option as well.

So,
1) wait, and overclock-free
2) 771 mod - cheap but requires some learning
3) new graphics card- easy, may be a real upgrade in game in terms of fps
4) 775 cpu, nice little bump in a performance but may not be huge In games.
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post #10 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arxontas View Post

You have got two options here:

1. Q9650 (the best socket 775 CPU) and overclock it to around 4.2 GHz. I don't recommend either Q9550 or Q9450. QX9770 is ridiculously expensive and very rare too.
2. Do the 771 to 775 mod, get an X5460 cheap and OC to 4.3 GHz.

As for upgrading, it depends what you do with your PC. I upgraded last December from a QX9650@4.1 GHz to a 4770k and it is 99% the same. I am actually running the 4770k at stock and could even probably run it underclocked at 3 GHz and still not impact gaming negatively.

 

The reason for recommending the Q9450 or the Q9550 is that you can overclock them and get the same performance clock-for-clock as the Q9650 - at a much lower price. All 3 of these CPUs are identical except for the clock speed.

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