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I would definitely have to recommend Sandy Bridge because of the price. Once you sell your current MB/CPU/RAM after buying SB you will probably find you didnt spend too much and can still get an SSD. Plus you should also be ready for next years Ivy Bridge, with that MB, from what we here. Even with the Hyper 212+ guys have been getting great OC's on SB.
post #22 of 47
Well, Nehalem was about 15% better clock-for-clock. Sandy Bridge 15% on top of that.

Then, 4.8Ghz over 3.4Ghz, that's 40%.

So, if he started out with 100, he'd have 185, that's an 85% increase in performance.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13086632 
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.

Ya, not worth it. While SB is a beast, you already have a really good processor, dispite it's age. You would see MUCH more performance games in general work with an SSD.
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I think you should keep the Q9, you don't really need the newer models, just get a better CPU fan and push that to at least 3.8ghz, also you should look into buying an SSD, they make such a massive improvement in a system, games don't take as long to load, windows boots much faster, applications run faster, if anything, you should just OC that Q9 higher and get an SSD.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13086305 
Hey guys, is it worth upgrading from the rig in my signature to the 2500K? I'm just looking at a CPU, motherboard and RAM swap but I'm keeping everything else. Might look into an SSD (60/64GB maybe?) as well. I'm wondering because I keep hearing about people upgrading to Sandy Bridge from an LGA775 platform and suddenly discovering that they were CPU bottlenecked all along.

Thanks and REP goes out to helpful posts. teaching.gif

My CPU is running at 3.4GHz at the moment. Don't think I can push much more on my cooler without swapping out the fans and then getting more fans for my case.

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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.

I think you should wait. I know most people are against playing the waiting game but Ivy Bridge, Z68 chipsets, and Bulldozer are right around the corner. If you NEED to upgrade, you should. Otherwise, it'll be worth it to wait a little bit.
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post #26 of 47
Just looked ansd searched...
You will sooner or later need a new cooler. With your mobo+new nice cooler you could
try to max. the O.C. on the Q9550 and see how it feels. The cooler isn`t wasted money cause you can of course use it in an SB build aswell. But this method would buy you some time (bulldozer on it`s way maybe a pricedrop on SB which i doubt but who knows)
and you could see it the bottleneck can be avoided with a highly O.C. "Q".
You would loose nothing but gain time...
Edit: man would i love to have mine @4GHz biggrin.gif
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post #27 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Track;13086690 
Well, Nehalem was about 15% better clock-for-clock. Sandy Bridge 15% on top of that.

Then, 4.8Ghz over 3.4Ghz, that's 40%.

So, if he started out with 100, he'd have 185, that's an 85% increase in performance.

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post #28 of 47
For what it's worth, my overclocked Q9650 @ 4.3GHz performs just slightly above a stock i7 2500K, but under a stock 2600K in some of the CPU only benchmarks I've tried. Of course overclocking the 2500K would put that chip way ahead, but at least you get some kind of comparison that you may be looking for.
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post #29 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Farfnarkle;13086760 
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2600k @ 4.8Ghz would be 85% more powerful than Q9550 @ 3.4Ghz.
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post #30 of 47
Keep the Q9550 and see what it's got......I got mine up to 4.5ghz (4ghz day to day op) and I do all the same things as you. Given I would like to up my PPD, SB really has no luster for me other than getting into newer tech.
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