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I am confused on what to do. I got Call Of Duty Black Ops only to find out that my E5300 couldn't run it as well as I though it could. Which of the following would give me the best bang for my buck?

1. Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 $275 (Would the prices drop on these when Sandy Bridge is released?)

2. 2x Evga Gtx 460 1gb $360
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Go for the cards. Your eyes will thank you for it.
    
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post #3 of 15
why not just buy a used Q9550. Ive seen them Cheap & then buy x1 460 1gb
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I agree with Wyldefang. Go for the 460's. If your E5300 is still overclocked to 3.75GHz it can last you for a while. Q9550 for $275 isn't a very good investment imo. I think you should go for the cards now, then save up for a new mobo/CPU later on.
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Originally Posted by KJ4MRC View Post
I am confused on what to do. I got Call Of Duty Black Ops only to find out that my E5300 couldn't run it as well as I though it could. Which of the following would give me the best bang for my buck?

1. Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 $275 (Would the prices drop on these when Sandy Bridge is released?)

2. 2x Evga Gtx 460 1gb $360
Sandy Bridge will not change the price on the Q9550 I'm guessing. The Q9550 and Q9650 have held their value quite well. You could find one used in our marketplace in the $150 - $185 range, depending on how well it clocked.

Which leads us to your current processor, and your thoughts on going GTX460 in SLI. I really highly doubt that your E5300 would be able to keep pace with those two cards.

Maybe you could just get one GTX460 for the time being, and also upgrade to a used Q9550??
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post #6 of 15
You could buy used on both and get the Q9550 for about 180 and the 460 for around 100...

The price of the Q9550 isn't going down any time soon.
    
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post #7 of 15
I would split the difference..one new CPU one new GPU..but that's me
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post #8 of 15
^^ a E5300 isnt a good move at all.... Q9550 and a GTX460 will be a perfect match, more than 2x GTX460s
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I'm kind of in the same boat. I was going to get a new CPU+mobo+RAM to go to Sandy Bridge, but I think I've decided that I am going to grab a Q9550 and another GTX 460 for SLI instead. And then maybe a GTS 450 for physics since our 780i boards have 3 slots. My e5400 is not keeping up that great, and it didn't clock nearly as well as I'd hoped. I have an e2160 that does the same speeds as this thing on my P5N-T. The only issue in my head is that for some reason, I won't get the clocks I hope for with the Q9550 and 780i. We would need 424 FSB to hit 3.6GHz with the Q9550. I was thinking of spending a little more on the Q9650 that has a 9x multiplier, which would only need 400 FSB, which I know for sure the board should not have issues with. A 3.6Ghz quad with 12MB of cache paired with GTX 460 SLI should still hold up pretty well I hope, at least well into this year.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 1/1/11 at 4:08pm
     
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Yeah Il go for a use Q9550 and a single Gtx 460. Get the second gtx 460 with my old components.
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