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I want to upgrade my 775 system (Shh im not going sandy bridge yet ;P)

My current CPU is a e4500 at 3.4ghz.

Im pretty much wanting to spend 100-200 USD. What do you suggest?

I'm thinking it would be best to go with a lower end Quad. I pretty much just want better performance in ****-xbox360-port-games and PS2/Wii Emulators.
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I want to upgrade my 775 system (Shh im not going sandy bridge yet ;P)

My current CPU is a e4500 at 3.4ghz.

Im pretty much wanting to spend 100-200 USD. What do you suggest?

I'm thinking it would be best to go with a lower end Quad. I pretty much just want better performance in ****-xbox360-port-games and PS2/Wii Emulators.
Do not go with any lower then Q8400.. Since the x8 multi will probably give you a little room to play with... I see you have a pretty low end motherboard there. Hopefully it will do 400FSB... Then you will have 3.2GHz with a Q8400..
    
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Yea, I'm all about price/performance ratio. I was thinking about the same. I've had this MoBo up to 370 FSB (CPU's limit) with no problems so 400 shouldnt be a problem.

Whats the cheapest I could find a q9400? I think the extra cache would help with emulators. Also, are the q9400 and q8400 decent overclockers? I know the multi is lower on these.

EDIT: How much faster clock for clock is a 45nm quad going to be than my current CPU?
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Yea, I'm all about price/performance ratio. I was thinking about the same. I've had this MoBo up to 370 FSB (CPU's limit) with no problems so 400 shouldnt be a problem.

Whats the cheapest I could find a q9400? I think the extra cache would help with emulators. Also, are the q9400 and q8400 decent overclockers? I know the multi is lower on these.

EDIT: How much faster clock for clock is a 45nm quad going to be than my current CPU?
Don't know the prices. I live in Norway. I don't think they sell new Q9400's here any longer.

I have a Q9400. It overclocks very nice. And are very cool.. 3.6GHz with just 1.21v at full load.. It's the FSB stopping me from going much further...

Q9400 VS E4500

Q9400 VS E4700 (Almost clock for clock)
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Get used Q6600 and OC to 3.6GHz. That is your best bang/performance ratio.
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Q6600's needs ridiculous amounts of V-core and cooling when going past 3.2GHz.. As I've said my Q9400 is at 3.6GHz at only 1.21v V-core at full load..
    
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Thanks for the input gentlemen,

I considered a Q6600 but I wanted to go for 45nm cause my PSU is being pushed to it's limit right now anyway, plus it's hard to find new ones with a decent price (I dont like buying used on main components)

I've decided on the q9400 or q9500 I think, considering I can find them from 180-200 USD.
Is there a certain stepping thats better on the q9400 and 9500?
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Thanks for the input gentlemen,

I considered a Q6600 but I wanted to go for 45nm cause my PSU is being pushed to it's limit right now anyway, plus it's hard to find new ones with a decent price (I dont like buying used on main components)

I've decided on the q9400 or q9500 I think, considering I can find them from 180-200 USD.
Is there a certain stepping thats better on the q9400 and 9500?
Q9500? There is no such... You must mean Q9505? All Q9400's as far as I know are R0 stepping... They are just as good as the older E0 steppings of 12MB yorkfields...
    
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Q9500? There is no such... You must mean Q9505? All Q9400's as far as I know are R0 stepping... They are just as good as the older E0 steppings of 12MB yorkfields...

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37159

I see that they all have R0 steppings now, sorry.
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http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37159

I see that they all have R0 steppings now, sorry.
***... I thought the name of that CPU was Q9505... Well, well..
    
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