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Originally Posted by shedokan View Post
Which games support 64bit @ vista for Q9550?

Which CPU Should I take?

The CPU Is mostly for gaming and I'm goin to overclock as high as possible.

Quad 2 win?
i had the q6600 before i got the e8400. granted its not a 45nm proc. but what i can tell you is these two things that have influenced my current setup.

1. my overclock is much higher with the dual and gaming is smoother!
2. my quad core scored higher on 3dmark benches....?

at first i thought well why am i scoring higher on 3D mark, yet im getting better frames with games on the lower 3D mark score dual core proc. well once i checked the scores carefully i noticed that the higher score was because of the cpu. yet the 2.0,3.0 shading graphix scores whatever were way higher with the dual.

real world..i mostly noticed the difference durring crysis. where an extra 5-10 frames over the quad can make a world of difference. you said "you want to overclock, and game mostly". i'd go e8500 hands down. or even the e8600 to get even higher clocks. i have had a quad core, but i game and my computer is for games so for now im extremely pleased with the dual core. next year we'll have to see.

hope this helps. and this is not a biased opinion. i have tested like i said between q6600 and e8400 and the e8400 came out on top WITH MY GAMES. ( wow, crysis, assasins creed, COD4, crysis w., GOW, etc). also take into account your dealing with an 8x-8.5x multiplyer. i personally wouldn't mess with anything under 9. right now.

also in 2-3 years like some say the 9550 will be like 50 bucks so why not game well now?
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Considering how long you kept your last computer, I'd strongly recommend the Q9550. The E8500 won't take you as far. Better yet, just go Core i7 now.
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post #13 of 22
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actually I can get the Q9550 but I don't know if I rly need it.

I won't upgrade my cpu in the next 2-3years so prolly a quad Will be much better.

what do you think guys?
I just went from E8400 to Q9550. I don't plan on upgrading again for another 2 years or so. However, if I were going to upgrade sooner, I'd have gotten the E8500 because it has faster overclocking potential. I think the Quad will have longer life because soon games will start USING the 4 cores.. so your faster clocked dual might not necessarily win as they do now.

Just my 2 cents.
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Considering how long you kept your last computer, I'd strongly recommend the Q9550. The E8500 won't take you as far. Better yet, just go Core i7 now.
The only thing I'll upgrade in 1 year is my GPU rest of my rig; 2~3years.

so yeh I'll get the Q9550 thankyou.
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Normally its the E8400 vs Q6600 as they are in the same price bracket.....if you have the money to get the Q9550 I would go for it.
    
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Normally its the E8400 vs Q6600 as they are in the same price bracket.....if you have the money to get the Q9550 I would go for it.
Agreed. Although CPU prices are pretty lame currently. Hard for a lot of people to decide on especially between the top three:

E8400 = $164.99
Q6600 = $184.99
E8500 = $189.99
E8600 = $269.99
Q9550 - $319.99

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That's a no brainer. I got my Q9550 for $247.50 on eBay.
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Agreed. Although CPU prices are pretty lame currently. Hard for a lot of people to decide on especially between the top three:

E8400 = $164.99
Q6600 = $184.99
E8500 = $189.99
E8600 = $269.99
Q9550 - $319.99

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Let me put it to you this way: I wish I went with an E8*00. I don't really see a reason to go with a quad right now unless you're going i7. A Q9550 E0 is one hell of a chip, though, and the very bottom quad I'd look to buy. I keep telling myself I'll get a Q9550 E0 as my next upgrade, but I'm not so sure anymore. I'm beginning to think getting an E8600 and some amazing memory is the better upgrade path, at least for gaming.

I can't see most new games taking advantage of quads for at least another year or two. I believe there's only maybe a handful of games that take advantage of them now. Something tells me in a year the best gaming processors will be Havendales.
post #20 of 22
go with the e8500 and pick up a better vid card instead of using the q9550 with the same vid card you are using. the e8500 should last you another 2 years of good gaming.
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