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SSD? Yes, no?
Fo shizzle. SSDs are always a good choice over mechanical HDs.

Damn, Doug, I still can't believe you haven't maxed your Q9550 yet. Madness.
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I say sell your Q9550 while there still valuble, so it can go towards sandy bridge setup
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I don't see why you can't get 3.8-4Ghz on your current cooler? People have proven, atleast in gaming, there is little actual performance difference between the 2 when they have similar 4Ghz clocks.
    
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SSD for sure. Imagine this... After POST you've booted and logged into windows, launched your web browser (chrome of course) and the overclock.net page has loaded... All within 4-5 seconds*.

* guesstimate, never really timed it; but it's fast, real fast.
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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.




I just looked at that. There aren't overclocked performance numbers though which is kinda tricky for data collection.
for your option 4, if you can sell it for the price u got it after the time you have used... that is a great deal !! sell it now while its worth it then use that money + some extra and get a SB. just my 2 cents
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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 don't really see how an SSD would benefit you greatly since I don't see something that requires a ton of read/write operations (not sure about "company work"). I say buy yourself a better cooler and do what OCN does best.
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Personally Im jumping off this q9400, I cant get it past 3.6 w/o over heating on me. Going 2500k , such a big increase in perfromance for me.

The 2500k is atleast 1.5 times faster than my chip if not 2 times faster it a lot of programs. Easily a 3-10 fps increase in most modern games.

SSD was nice for me, but other than load times, 0 performance increase.
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