Originally Posted by waylo88
I'm currently running a Q9550, but it's starting to show its age. I'm looking to upgrade, but I'm unsure what would be the best route.
Newegg currently has the Phenom II X4 965 for $160. I'm not really sure though if that would be my best move. Would it be worth it to get an X6? I'm also looking at the i5 760 which is currently $209 on Newegg.
I'm really lost as to what my best option would be. I'm not huge on OC'ing (lack of knowledge on the subject/the ability to ruin something scares me). Is it even worth going to an i5 or am I better off waiting a bit longer and saving some more cash to get an i7?
How about going for Sandy Bridge? If you're going to do the upgrade why not make the real thing? You're going to have to change the same pieces of hardware anyways.
The Sandy Bridge i5's are a chunk faster than the current i5's. And the Top of the line unlocked i5 will only be 215$ at release in 2 weeks, or you could get the Locked one that does 3.3 or 3.7@ Turbo for 200.
Originally Posted by Moparman
If you must Upgrade now. The X6 would only get you a Very small gain. I had a Q9550 and there still a Top Cpu. If you can i would try to trade your Q9550+ Cash for a Q9550 E0 or Q9650. Then you will be able to do 4ghz no problem. Both the Q9550 E0 and Q9650 have a ton of life in them. I will tell you straight i was very sad by the very small gain from Q9550 To 1090T. Wish i would have kept my XFX780i Q9550 and 3 9800GTX+ setup. Good luck with your upgrade.
Holy ****. I have an XFX 780i and a Q9550 E0, and i can't get past 3.4 GHZ no matter what memory, voltage, or cooling i use. It is simply instable. Also, my board is limiting my CPU for some reason, and i only get 30 GFLOPS out of a Q9550 @ 3.4. In fact, i'm getting bottlenecked in most games.
I understand it's not the CPU, but i'm never going to use another nvidia board again, and those are the only SLI capable boards for LGA 755. So i figured i'll upgrade in january to a 2500K sandy bridge.Edited by ilam3d - 12/25/10 at 7:45pm