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I am a owner of a Q9550,2 I7's(920 and 950) and a previous owner of a 965BE.From best to worse the I7's,Q9550 then the 965BE.I never did any overclocking of the 965 but have overclocked all the rest.I feel the Q9550 is still a strong chip much better than what AMD offers in a Quad.I have my Q9550 in a DFI P35 Blood Iron.Been able to get a 3.8 overclock stable with it at good temps using a Iggy DK.Would I upgrade from it?Probably so just for the bigadv folding of the I7's but for no other reason.If your looking to upgrade for gaming reasons then don't.Get a 580 or a 6000 series card you will get more from it.If not for gaming go for a 1366 I7 build.Simple to overclock.Cheap to build if you shop around for some deals.
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Originally Posted by waylo88 View Post
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?


Q9550 is still a beast.
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The other guys are all spot on. i5-760 and Phenom965 good for gaming but you might as well wait for Sandy Bridge or Bulldozer. In the meantime you could get a new video card for a gaming boost.
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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.
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Originally Posted by waylo88 View Post
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.

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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
post #16 of 19
OC the heck out of the q9550 if you're considering replacing it anyways who cares if you fry it?
Edited by CravinR1 - 12/26/10 at 12:02pm
post #17 of 19
Just Oc it man..

You can hit 3.8GHz easy on that mobo.

Dont worry you will not screw up anything..

Do not use more than Vcore=1.40V, vFSB/VTT/Termination voltage=1.40V, PLL voltage=1.56V ,CPU GTL voltage=0.63x (or AUTO for 3.8GHz), & vNB=1.40V..

P.S.: Don`t set MAX voltage settings from the very start of OCing..

Keep your core temps under 75C at all time..

Set your RAM:FSB=1:1 (eg. 450MHz FSB set RAM @ 900MHz)..

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Get the new i7 2600K (K version is the unlocked) they are going for $320 right now
Gigabyte MB with 1155 socket is only $129 at newegg (the new 67 chip series) and it supports DDR3 ram up to PC1700
Early testing of these new chips suggests gaming increase of double digits % over first i7 line and video editing scores are almost unbelievable. From a Q9550 upgrade should be quite noticeable and satisfying.
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your board and processor are great.... i envy you lol
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