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Just pulled the trigger on a Q9550 e0 for $200 shipped. The new CPU and GTX 460 1GB should be like a whole new machine, and they both have enough OC potential to last me into early 2012 I think.
Yeah, 2012 sounds good, and I think your bottleneck will be the GPU. That CPU is still good, but the GPU is not. Dont think about going SLI though as it will make your CPU bottleneck big time, but the CPU should be a good OC'er
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I would sell the dual and grab the Q6600 honestly their easy to OC
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That CPU is still good, but the GPU is not.
You're telling me the GTX 460 I just bought is no good?.... From what I've read, OC'd to 850mhz it kicks some ass.
    
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In my Sig I run C2D and a GTX460, I get 50-60% GPU Usage, with CPU pegged at 100%..

Quad or Platform upgrade.
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You're telling me the GTX 460 I just bought is no good?.... From what I've read, OC'd to 850mhz it kicks some ass.
The GTX460 is fine. Games have "settings" for a reason and most of them will play perfectly fine on far less. GTS250s are still competent for modern gaming if you don't have the inner desire to always crank every setting to the maximum.
     
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My Q6600 I got for 65+traded my e7300 for it. Great chip and I max out almost all my games and still have room to sapre. On average I see the sell for 100 here on OCN so keep an eye open for them in the FS section.@ 3.6 this thing is a beast.
when I get home I will run some benchmarks
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post #27 of 28
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Thanks for the help everyone.

I actually just bought a used HD 6950 2GB too, so I'll play around with it and the GTX 460 for a few days and see what I end up keeping, but I'm guessing it'll be the Radeon. With unlockable shaders and good OC headroom, the 6950 seemed like too good of a deal to pass up, and it'll last much longer.

At just over $400 for a Q9550 and HD 6950, minus whatever I can get from selling my E6750 and 8800 GTX, the net cost of the upgrade will be ~$300, which seems pretty good to me. A lot cheaper than building new!

By the time I build a new system, Sandy Bridge / Bulldozer will be more mature and we'll be in a new GPU generation.
    
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post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by opus1one1 View Post
Just pulled the trigger on a Q9550 e0 for $200 shipped. The new CPU and GTX 460 1GB should be like a whole new machine, and they both have enough OC potential to last me into early 2012 I think.
With that motherboard and cpu heatsink you should be able to run a Q9550 anywhere from 3.5GHz to 3.8GHz without resorting to a lot of voltage depending on how well your ram overclocks. That board will probably hit a wall about 445fsb or so which will be another limiting factor. If you run into problems with it post in the P35-DS3L thread here at OCN (link in my sig) and we'll do what we can do to help out.
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