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I'm currently running the E6600 Core 2 Duo CPU and I've been very happy with the way it has performed for me over the past year and a half, but its time for change. The specs listed below my post is my actual rig, I'll be upgrading parts here and there, but nothing to major.... as of yet!

What is the general outlook on this processor, is it worth the money? I have a deep pocket right now and want to get this out of the way before I end up over whelmed with the 'Real Life' stuff.

I hear such great things about the Q6600, but I also want a top of the line CPU that'll hold its own for a while. The Q9450 is what I'm looking at right now and would just like an out sider perspective, let me know what you guys think and what I should look at in terms of upgrades.


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will you be overclocking?
    
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Quite possibly, yes. I'll determine that once I have everything in and I see what my temps are running at.
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i have the q9450, i think its an awesome chip, i upgraded from a E8400. i have yet to overclock yet though, due to issues with my room temp, it is casuing the ambient to be too high,leading to heat issues with the pc. but i have read some very good things about the way it over clocks, the only big downside is the multiplier is locked. but people seem to have gotten over that,
    
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Quite possibly, yes. I'll determine that once I have everything in and I see what my temps are running at.
you see the Q9450 has a 8X multiplier so to get 4.0 GHZ you would need 500FBS which is hard for most motherboards, if you want 4.0 i would wait for the Q9550
    
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im happy with it got to 3.4 with no problems just a slight increase in vcore to achive that. It depends what kinda OC your looking for cause 4.0 maybe tough to achive but 3.6 seems very realistic with a good motherboard
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It's a great chip hands down. For overclocking, I've said it a million times, just don't put it on a crappy board. Right now I'm sitting at 3.9GHz with 1.33vCore - I believe stock vCore is 1.325 - so yeah, the chip takes TONS of power In fact under full load my vDroop takes it down to 1.29vCore. I would do a vDroop mod on my board but it's pretty stable there so far - forgot I was stress testing it and it is now 48 hours orthos stable@42c at the above voltage.

Also, during the above stress testing I was also playing call of duty 4 without a hitch in gameplay, some would call that impressive.

However, I think in a month or so I'm going to pick up the Q9550 and another Intel DX38BT or maybe the Intel DX48BT2 motherboard for another system. Also have been looking at the extreme series but $1000+ for a chip is still a little outrageous for me, call me old fashioned.
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It's a great chip hands down. For overclocking, I've said it a million times, just don't put it on a crappy board.
what do you think of pairing up a q9450 with a 780i board?
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what do you think of pairing up a q9450 with a 780i board?
I'm not familiar with that board and this chip, find out how high the FSB can go with a quad and I can tell you pretty close to what your overclock will be. Or, to take a shot in the dark, if it'll hit 475 FSB with a dual core then you'll probably want to avoid it with a quadcore, especially a quad with a low multi.
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I would recommend Q6700. Q6700 should be able to OC 3.6Gz and beyond. Q9450 however can OC 3.4Gz-3.6Gz(max). If you can wait, do you know Q9650 release in Q3? Q9650 stock @ 3.0Gz with 9.x multi, should be able to OC 4+Gz.
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