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post #21 of 39
If you really want to upgrade just the CPU sell the Q6600 and grab a Q9550 that one of the best 775 quads, Or just wait for intels new socket to release
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post #22 of 39
775 looks to be taking the route of the Dodo. Keep your cash and get an i5/i7.
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post #23 of 39
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002;12776387 
Yeah, I forgot about upgrading to DDR3 as well. I think I should stay with Quad cores frown.gif

DDR2 fetches higher prices than DDR3. You might be able to sell your DDR2 for enough to cover the expense of the DDR3.

Other then that I would think the used market for a Core 2 quad is your best bet depending on what is available to you locally. 8 months ago I saw new 9550's for $150 but if I wanted one new today it would cost me quite a bit more due to lack of availability. Just not worth it.
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post #24 of 39
Edited: With the Q6600 sold, I'd buy the most affordable Sandy Bridge 2500k system.
Edited by Draygo - 3/18/11 at 6:48am
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post #25 of 39
Q9550 or 9650 like what others have said. If you want to move to a newer socket, 1155 seems to be the most logical step. 2500k should be a very good choice then
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post #26 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevindd992002;12776230 
Oh, I forgot to mention that my Q6600 is already sold.

Do I need to upgrade from my old motherboard to a newer i7-compatible motherboard?

Yeah I would also upgrade my videocard, it's also sold.

No one noticed that he said his Q6600 is sold?
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post #27 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by tuanming;12776325 
Let see, $200 - $300 for the CPU, $150 - $250 DDR3, $200 - $350 motherboard. So it's roughly about $550 - $800 and that's not including the GPU.

These prices are way to high.... 2500k is $179.99 at microcenter, 8gb ddr3 (2x4gb) i just got for $74.99, the motherboard can be had for around $150-175.... $400-$450
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Originally Posted by Draygo;12776950 
With high-end 775 cpus at Sandy Bridge prices, my vote would be to stick with your current setup (Q6600) until at least initial Bulldozer or additional mobo options are available for Sandy Bridge chips. LGA1155 mobos are at a premium at the moment.
Just push the overclock on your Q6600 a little more and upgrade graphics or maybe liquid cooling in the short-term. With the performance boost of 1155, sticking with 775 socket just doesn't look reasonable at the moment.
I've had the upgrade itch in December, but I just bought an open-box 460gtx and a custom liquid cooling loop Cpu. I'm very glad I waited to see performance numbers on 5XX gtx series, 69XX radeon, and Sandy Bridge.
Good luck though... I'm going to try to hold out for ivy bridge and buy cheaper 1155 but I don't think I'll make it through the summer lol.

Lots of mobo options for sandybridge right now (30 on newegg right now).

Sandybridge is the way to go right now, investing in a C2Q is throwing your money away.... sell what you got and upgrade. My opinion....

EDIT: yeah alot of people didn't notice that he said he had sold the cpu. Like i said, Sandybridge! Sandybridge!
Edited by MrAMD_Fan - 3/18/11 at 6:43am
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post #28 of 39
like most other people are saying. grab a sandybridge 2500k, a 1155 mobo and a decent set of ram 4+gb. i might just sell my main rigs mobo,ram,cpu,cooler and my backups just to jump to 2500k setup.
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post #29 of 39
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Are the i7 chips still very expensive at this time?
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Get an i5 2500k. Beats all the first gen i7 quad cores.
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