Originally Posted by umgill45
thanks for the feedback! much appreciated!
The 9450 is a typo (sorry but I couldnt find the option to edit the title -is there one).
I have a Q9650 that came from acherry pciked batch (kinda attached to it now lol).
That being said I have no trouble waiting for the 6 core coffee lake either. The only main issue was the minor freezing in browersers with multiple tabs open.
I can add new ram and as the posters above you mentinoed go for a qx6800 and possibly a 1050ti as you recommended. seems about 2-300$ to wait until 2017 which is totally fine.
As to editing the thread title, there is an option for that right below the title. It allows you to edit both the post and the thread title. Here is an example:
The Q9650 is a great CPU, I'm assuming it's an E0 revision.
As to going for a QX6800, don't, that is an inferior CPU in every way: it's 65nm Conroe based (vs 45nm Penryn of yours) with 4 MB of L2 per pair of cores (vs 6 MB x 2 in yours) and has a 1066 Mhz base FSB (which bottlenecks it) vs the 1333 Mhz of the Q9650 you have. The QX6850 that they released shortly after is also an inferior CPU compared to yours - still a 65nm CPU, the main difference to the QX6800 being the lower TDP and having a 1333 Mhz FSB). Both the QX6800 and QX6850 use way more power, overclock less, have less L2 cache and don't have SSE 4.1 instructions.
The only CPU upgrade that you could think about is either a QX9650 or a QX9770, but even though they have an unlocked multiplier, they are actually both inferior to yours because Intel never made an E0 revision of them, they are both the older, hotter running C0.
Trust me, if you have the E0 revision you already have the best CPU made for the P45 platform. And you also happen to have the best motherboard.
Doubling the RAM will give you immediate benefits, I was in the same situation with a very similar rig to yours five years ago (I also had a Gigabyte P45 motherboard and also a GTX 480) and the 4 -> 8 GB RAM upgrade made a big difference in multitasking even back then. With 4 GB of RAM when I alt-tabbed out of a game the system would just sit there for a while shifting data from RAM to the HDD before becoming responsive again. After the upgrade it became a smooth transition. Nowadays even for playing games 8 GB is a must. It's the best upgrade you can make right now, followed by the GTX 1050 Ti.Edited by tpi2007 - 11/27/16 at 11:29am