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I am contemplating a CPU upgrade, since it seems that games this year will finally start taking advantage of four cores and actually offer some performance benefit as a result.

However, LGA775 quad core processors range from $150 to $350 new. Even the first-generation quad cores (Q6600, etc.) cost more than $100 used on eBay. I know LGA775 is a dying platform, but I just got this motherboard last summer and I don't want to part with it yet. I've checked prices for Xeons and other comparable solutions as well - and these chips cost an upwards of $200, even when used!

My CPU cooling solution is not that great (E7200 idles at 40C and maxes out at roughly 55C-60C), so I am not terribly interested in overclocking.

My budget is $150-$200. I would prefer to spend less.

So, here are my options:

1. Buy a used Q6600 for about $100 to $120. However, in many ways, this does feel like a downgrade, since the Q6600 is based off of older tech and is bested by my E7200 in non-threaded tasks. However, it might be the cheapest quad core for me at the moment.
2. Buy a retail Q8300/Q8400.
3. Attempt to land a lucky bid on eBay for a used Q9xxx processor for less than $150.
4. Buy an Intel Xeon X3330 (new) for $200. This chip is comparable to a Q9400.

If I do end up upgrading, I am keeping this setup until the next architecture Intel unveils after Rockwell (Rockwell will be the 16nm shrink of Haswell).
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The Q9xxx series is good. I am looking to upgrade my C2D at some point soon as well. You can find good deals here in the FS section.
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Keep an eye on EBay for a lucky bid. Unless you're in a rush.
    
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Keep an eye on EBay for a lucky bid. Unless you're in a rush.
I just put a bid in for a used Q9300. The auction ends in less than two days and I am not planning to spend more than $100 on this auction. My bid was $88, roughly.

I've been keeping an eye on eBay for the past week for so and have made five failed bids. People are like sharks on eBay - can't believe there is still so much demand for old tech.
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post #5 of 19
775 may be "old" tech but it is still the biggest Intel platform in use - by far (roughly 65% as of 11/10 - probably slightly less now as Sandy Bridge has been released since then). There is still a large market for it.
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Snipe a good Q9550 off ebay. If you buy a Q6600 you'll just want a Q9550 later.

Don't bother with Q8xxx. I've got a Q8300, Q6600 and Q9550. I'd rank Q9550 first by far, then the Q6600. The Q8300 gets the boobie prize.
Edited by 2thAche - 2/14/11 at 7:12pm
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post #7 of 19
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Snipe a good Q9550 off ebay. If you buy a Q6600 you'll just want a Q9550 later.

Don't bother with Q8xxx. I've got a Q8300, Q6600 and Q9550. I'd rank Q9550 first by far, then the Q6600. The Q8300 gets the boobie prize.
Even though the Q8300 is a hair faster and consumes less electricity?

I hope I get my hands on that Q9300. It would be a nice upgrade for less than $100 - presuming no one else overbids me.

And the Q9550 are a bit beyond my price range, even when used...
Edited by XX55XX - 2/14/11 at 7:53pm
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Yes. It's not that you can't find one that will do well, but there is a reason people go from Q6600 to Q9xxx series. There are far too many dogs in the Q8xxx line. You're rolling the dice any time you buy a CPU for overclocking with your hard-earned cash. Your odds aren't the greatest with the Q8xxx line.
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Quote:
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I just put a bid in for a used Q9300. The auction ends in less than two days and I am not planning to spend more than $100 on this auction. My bid was $88, roughly.

I've been keeping an eye on eBay for the past week for so and have made five failed bids. People are like sharks on eBay - can't believe there is still so much demand for old tech.
Dont bid until the very end, wait until the last 20 seconds and place your max bid at the last second. Its called ebay sniping and if you want to get the item do it that way. Dont even let the other bidders know your interested in the item. I have never lost an ebay item I have wanted with this tactic.
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