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P.S. - the larger SSDs (e.g., 120GB class) have much better write times than the smaller 60 GB series do, sometimes twice the speed (75MB/s -> 140MB/s in the crucials I was looking into)

Just a thought. Worth the extra dough to me. A quick SSD will breathe new life into a system.
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post #12 of 47
The Q9550 is way to good to change IMO.
I went from a Q6600 that didn't OC well to this.
But a good Q9550 doesn't need upgrading at the moment.
Maybe when the new socket from Intel is more matured.
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post #13 of 47
If you have the money, i say go for it. You will see a noticeable difference in gaming, and other applications. If money is tight, then i say you sit tight and wait for AMD BD come out and hopeful some price drop.
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if you want a good side by side comparo this may help you.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/49?vs=288
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post #15 of 47
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Excellent advice all around. +REP to all so far.

To be really honest, I haven't exactly pushed this Q9550 very far. I just said "Okay, let's overclock this to an arbitrary clock speed where it's rock-solid stable at 1.2V and let it be." That's how I arrived at the 3.4GHz number. I have a E0 chip with a VID of 1.1625V so I'm pretty sure it has a ton of potential.

So the choices are the following:
1. Overclock moar while keeping everything intact. Obviously the cheapest option.
2. Overclock moar+ but get some better cooling.
3. Get an SSD now and either 1 or 2.
4. Jump on SB bandwagon and sell the current platform for about the same amount of price I originally paid for it.
5. Full package. Get on the SB platform, upgrade cooling, overclock like mad, buy an SSD.


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Originally Posted by Sp1nalT4p View Post
if you want a good side by side comparo this may help you.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/49?vs=288
I just looked at that. There aren't overclocked performance numbers though which is kinda tricky for data collection.
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post #16 of 47
No.
No.
No.

You have a Core 2 Quad. What are you doing that requires more? Video encoding?
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post #17 of 47
I say jump on the ssd. You wont really see much benifit if you just do the typical stuff, watch movies listen to music and game.

If you benchmark, video encode, and do music rendering and encoding etc. Photoshop or final cut pro work, then i would say make the jump. Your work time will decrease alot.

However not a lot of us do those kind of work, If you don't then i would say the upgrade will only satisfy your need to always purchase new gear, but you wont see a night and day difference in just average workload activity.
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post #18 of 47
I would get the ssd and upgrade your cooler, the 9550 is still a great cpu especially when overclocked.
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post #19 of 47
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Okay, added PC activities to the OP.

Activities done on the computer include gaming (FPS, some RPG and racing), listening to music, and company work. Every now and then I'll convert a bunch of FLAC files to MP3 so I can load it onto my Zune HD but that's about it.
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I had to downclock my 2600K to 3.1GHz and disable hyperthreading to match my friends Q9550 4.2GHz CPU score in 3DMark Vantage. This resulted in a 20% decrease in cpu limited games (3dmark vantage gpu test 1/2) and ~1% descrease in gpu limited games (metro 2033/very high 1080p/4xaa).
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