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I have $200 in paypal. I can sell my current cpu and have a little more then $300 for a cpu upgrade. I can also sell my monitor for $150 to a friend and have $350 for a new monitor. I could keep my current cpu and moniotor and use my $200 and buy....? What should I do?
 

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If you want to upgrade now, go Quad (trust me, once you go quad you never go back). I went from an e7300 @ 3.6GHz to a Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz and let me tell you, it was a nice upgrade. Go get a Q9650 or Q9550. Both are great quads and are known to hit 4.0GHz. The Q9650 is known to hit 4.0+ with ease and the right cooling.
 

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To me both options are good - Personally I would favor the quad processor but it depends on what all you do. The E8400 is a beast of a processor and can plow through tasks with ease. If you do need more "oomph" to multitask than definitely go with the quad. If you do opt for a new monitor you can easily get a 24"-28" and enjoy a larger screen. (examples for a monitor are the Asus 25.5" is less than 300 on the egg, and if you have a Costco membership the Hanns-G 28" screen is 320 on the costco.com site)
 

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I would upgrade to a Q9550. The only difference between the Q9550 and the Q9650 is the multiplier.

When I had my Q9550 it was like a dream come true. I upgraded from my aging Q6600 and was very impressed. The extra L2 cache and the increased multiplier really made a difference. I had my Q9550 running at 4.25 24/7 at 34C idle.

I say go QUAD and get a Q9550. You will not be sorry!
 

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get a Q9550... then ur next look should be a 24 inch monitor.

OR... save all ur money and plan for a new build in 4-6 months and go i5/i7
 

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Thanks a lot guys this is some real good info. Oh by the way if I choose quad I will go to microcenter next weekend to do so.
 

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I wish I could find a decent 24" monitor for under $250 and then I could buy both the cpu and the monitor. Any ideas?
 

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Look for refurbished or used monitors (that are at least in decent shape). I got my LG 24" (1920x1200, PVA panel) from Overstock for $175 shipped. You just have to find the right deal at the right time.
 

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Look for refurbished or used monitors (that are at least in decent shape). I got my LG 24" (1920x1200, PVA panel) from Overstock for $175 shipped. You just have to find the right deal at the right time.

Wow! That is a good deal.
 

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OK, so I couldn't wait a couple more hours. I am making my decision soon.
 

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Can anybody else help me. I need to make a decision by this weekend.
 

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haha, i mean, check out your local craigslist, different for sale forums, like [H]
i havent seen monitors 24inches on ocn. and make sure u check the full systems section

EDIT: found one for u, it will go quick so u better jump on it

pmed u just in case someone sneakily will take it hahah
 

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Anymore input?
 

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i am going to Microcenter in two days. Should I pick up the q9550 or not? Please help.
 

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Personally I loved going from 1680x1050 to 1080p. But then again I still use both hehe. I think it depends what you're going to be doing, if you can use the extra cores of a quad then by all means go for it, otherwise go for the larger screen real estate. My advice-get hooked up with multiple monitors, it is hands down one of the best things I've done.
 

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Personally I loved going from 1680x1050 to 1080p. But then again I still use both hehe. I think it depends what you're going to be doing, if you can use the extra cores of a quad then by all means go for it, otherwise go for the larger screen real estate. My advice-get hooked up with multiple monitors, it is hands down one of the best things I've done.

Thanks for the info! The problem is that I can't find my monitor anywhere for a decent price.
 
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