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should i swap to 1366 or go with sandy?

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as topic says. change from my Q9550 to 1366 or sandy bridge?
 
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Well sandybridge is cheaper and faster than 1366 so you tell me. I believe the only thing faster atm than sandybridge is the i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown.
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IMO, if I didn't already have a 1366 rig, I wouldn't upgrade to one. I'd just build an IB rig.
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Your Q9550 is still fast enough.

A 2500K is still 4 threads, same as your Q9550.

You'd spend 200-400 dollars upgrading and might get the 2500k to 4.5ghz 24/7.

500Mhz worth 400 dollars to you?
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You have a "somewhat roughly similar" platform to me. You have more cores, but we're both on Wolfdale at 4GHz (you have higher FSB though) and roughly similar GPU performance. I'm looking at moving up soon, and Sandy Bridge is an obvious choice over LGA1366. It's better now, and will get better with Ivy Bridge. I say Sandy Bridge should be the minimum you look at. Go with it, or hold out for LGA2011. LGA1366 performs, but it's moving to another all but dead platform. Your platform performs too, so IF you move, I'd make it to no less than Sandy Bridge.
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Your Q9550 is still fast enough.

A 2500K is still 4 threads, same as your Q9550.

You'd spend 200-400 dollars upgrading and might get the 2500k to 4.5ghz 24/7.

500Mhz worth 400 dollars to you?
That's all stuff to think about too.

I'll add in though, it's not just 500MHz. It's better performance per clock, which translates to more than 500MHz, which translates to better performance, especially for tomorrow's stuff.

You can also get more threads if you get a Core i7 Sandy Bridge.

There's also the upgrade potential with Ivy Bridge.

Also, if the current platform is sold, it helps cover the cost of the upgrade (perhaps cutting it in half, depending).

Lastly, if that second GPU comes to light, The Core i family processors show much better performance with multiple GPUs as opposed to the Core 2 family (at least that was the case when Core i7 first came out).
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/20/11 at 6:11pm
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your quad is doing well at 4ghz so upgrading to sandy wont really be worth it imho. Wait until the more details about ivy comes out, until then I think your rig does what it needs to do, unless you have a hole burning in your pocket then go for it.
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Funny how many threads with the same topics are on ocn.
This was a thread about nearly the same question
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...q9550-ssd.html

Imho if this isn`t really urgent: Wait. The Bulldozer coming out soon, next gen. SB/ivy is on the way too. If you now need a CPU and have enough money to get the 990x then shure get one of these, otherwise it wouldn`t make much sense to me.
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