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Upgrade to Q9650

post #1 of 5
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Hello,

I now have an E8500 running at 4.18GHz
8GB of RAM
and an ATI Sapphire HD 4870 1GB
overclocked core at 775MHz and mem at 925MHz.

i want to upgrade it to have some more performance.
I am considering of buying an Q9650 and overclock that one as well to 4GHz
and buy an extra/or replace my graphics card.

will I experience the differences?

or is it an better idea to wait an couple of months/years and then build an new gaming rig.
what do you recommend to me?
My Gaming Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.16GHz Rev. C0 Asus Maximus II Formula Radeon HD4870 1GB GDDR5 Corsair XMS2 CM2X2048-6400C5-Buffalo Firestix 4GB 
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Samsung HD642JJ HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW GGC-H20L Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Philips 200CW 
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E8500 @ 4.16GHz Rev. C0 Asus Maximus II Formula Radeon HD4870 1GB GDDR5 Corsair XMS2 CM2X2048-6400C5-Buffalo Firestix 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD642JJ HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW GGC-H20L Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Philips 200CW 
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post #2 of 5
If you can run E8500 at 4.18G, I would keep what you have. Yes, it will be different after the upgrade, but you may not big differrent if you just play games unless you do multi tasking or video editing etc. May just upgrade your GPU at this point.
Edited by linskingdom - 12/25/10 at 6:36am
post #3 of 5
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So keep my current CPU and just upgrade my graphics card?
and do I need to replace my graphics card or put another one in so they work together?

And yes I just play games and some little game editing
For example NBA 2K11, GTA IV, Crysis, Far Cry 2, Need for speed Hot Persuit 2, GRID, Call of Duty, Just Cause 2, Mirror's Edge and Singularity.
My Gaming Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 @ 4.16GHz Rev. C0 Asus Maximus II Formula Radeon HD4870 1GB GDDR5 Corsair XMS2 CM2X2048-6400C5-Buffalo Firestix 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD642JJ HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW GGC-H20L Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Philips 200CW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wave Cooler Master Real power M620 Antec Twelve Hundred Logitech G5 
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E8500 @ 4.16GHz Rev. C0 Asus Maximus II Formula Radeon HD4870 1GB GDDR5 Corsair XMS2 CM2X2048-6400C5-Buffalo Firestix 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD642JJ HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW GGC-H20L Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Philips 200CW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wave Cooler Master Real power M620 Antec Twelve Hundred Logitech G5 
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post #4 of 5
Definitely just keep your E8500. You can play games perfectly fine with it, even quad core optimized games because of your high clock rate. You may replace your card if you want but 4870 is more than enough if you don't mind the lack of anti aliasing.
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Xeon x3220 @ 3.3 [1.328v 9x367] GA-EP45-UD3L ASUS 1GB GTX 560 w/ Twin Turbo II (2x2GB) Mushkin DDR 2-800MHz 
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Western Digital 500GB Black LG DVDRW/DLRW/CDRW Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Vista Ultimate 64bit 
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Xeon x3220 @ 3.3 [1.328v 9x367] GA-EP45-UD3L ASUS 1GB GTX 560 w/ Twin Turbo II (2x2GB) Mushkin DDR 2-800MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 500GB Black LG DVDRW/DLRW/CDRW Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Vista Ultimate 64bit 
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AL1916W Stock PS/2 Microsoft Antec Earthwatts EA-430W Antec NSK6580b 
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post #5 of 5
Keep E8500 and 4870 for a little while longer and then switch to Sandy Bridge or Bulldozer + get yourself a AMD 6870 or GTX 460 = Pure WIN.

Investing in a dead platform isn't wisest thing to do..Especially when the new tech is just around the corner.
Editing/Gaming
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i9 7900X @ 4.6 w/EK Monoblock Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 9 NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal w/EK Waterblock & Backplate 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 3466 Quad Channel 
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Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 512GB WD Black 4TB EK Revo D5, Nemesis GTS 420 + 280 rads, 5x 14cm... Win 10 Pro 
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ASUS SWIFT PG279Q 1440p 165Hz Razer Blackwidow Chroma Corsair RM1000x Fractal Design Define S 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 512GB WD Black 4TB EK Revo D5, Nemesis GTS 420 + 280 rads, 5x 14cm... Win 10 Pro 
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ASUS SWIFT PG279Q 1440p 165Hz Razer Blackwidow Chroma Corsair RM1000x Fractal Design Define S 
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