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post #1 of 24
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I am going to build a rig soon and I am debating on which CPU to get. I have narrowed it between the Q6600 and the Q9550.
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Gigabyte P45 UD3P
2x2gb ddr2 800 g skill
640gb sataII western digital hdd
samsung 22x sata dvdrw
sapphire 4870 512mb or 1gb(still deciding, depends on budget left after cpu)
corsair 620hx modular psu

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I want the best performance-price ratio and good OC'ing capabilities.
Is there any middle cpu between the q6600 and the q9550?
which one would you guys recommend? If I get the q6600 I will probably get the 4870 1gb and a 24" lcd. If I get the Q9550, I will still probably be able to afford the 48701gb but I won't be able to buy the 24" lcd right away.
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post #2 of 24
Get the Q9550. OC to 4+ GHz. Use your HDTV in the meantime. Enjoy!
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post #3 of 24
The Q9550 will get to 4Ghz easy on that board, I have 4Ghz on my Q9550 C1 at 1.30v. The Q6600 will only get to 3.8Ghz if your lucky. (you might also want to get some DDR2 1066 ram for some more overclocking headroom)
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post #4 of 24
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actually it would be going on a 19" viewsonic widescreen lcd. So the 4807 is way overkill for it. I may get the 512mb and then in like 6 months when I can afford a 24" I will get a new gfx card if I really need it.
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post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by noahmateen1234 View Post
actually it would be going on a 19" viewsonic widescreen lcd. So the 4807 is way overkill for it. I may get the 512mb and then in like 6 months when I can afford a 24" I will get a new gfx card if I really need it.
if you need to save money a 4850 512MB would be more than enough for a 19", and then when you upgrade to a bigger monitor, you can pick up another 4850.
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post #6 of 24
I only had my Q6600 for three months before I got the Q9550. And I only waited that long to be sure I could get an E0 stepping, or I would have upgraded within a few weeks of having gotten the Q6600. So I'd say go for it now.
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post #7 of 24
Q9550 has 4mb extra l2 cache. Your pretty much promised 4ghz rather than the Q6600s general 3.6-3.8ghz
    
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post #8 of 24
Get the Q9550 if you have the budget, it's a bit faster than the Q6600.
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post #9 of 24
Are you serious ?. Get the Q9550 but make sure it's E0 stepping.
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I dont know if AMD is an option for you but I would wait for Phenom 2 and decide which one to get based on the performance of the first...
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