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Old October 17, 2009, 11:32 PM
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Default e6400 to q9550... Good upgrade?

The e6400 is currently at 3.2ghz. My biggest concern is gaming/Photoshop/app work. Is getting a q9550 worthwhile investment?

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e6400 3.2
P5B Deluxe
2GB XMS2 pc6400

My optimistic outlook is to get +10% - 20% FPS increase in most games, and even more multithreaded ones.
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Old October 17, 2009, 11:33 PM
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The e6400 is currently at 3.2ghz. My biggest concern is gaming/Photoshop/app work. Is getting a q9550 worthwhile investment?

Full specs:

e6400 3.2
P5B Deluxe
2GB XMS2 pc6400

My optimistic outlook is to get +10% - 20% FPS increase in most games, and even more multithreaded ones.
From what you talk about using.

I'd wager less than 20% difference.
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Old October 17, 2009, 11:57 PM
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I'd be careful CPU support wise, P965 doesn't really support it, but ASUS does have a Beta BIOS that claims to.

And yeah, doubt you'd gain that much in games, unless you have a really powerful video card that is being held back by the CPU. You'd only really see a difference in multithreaded stuff.
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I'd be careful CPU support wise, P965 doesn't really support it, but ASUS does have a Beta BIOS that claims to.

And yeah, doubt you'd gain that much in games, unless you have a really powerful video card that is being held back by the CPU. You'd only really see a difference in multithreaded stuff.
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Old October 18, 2009, 10:37 AM
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I had a E6420 OCed to 3.2GHZ, and now own a Q9550 OCed to 3.8 GHZ...nice upgrade IMHO.
With a GTX260 OCed, I get 20 000 3Dmarks06 instead of 14 000 pts with the E6420...anyway, as of today, I think the i5 750 / i7 860 or i7 920 are the way to go!

Anyway, your objective is realistic, if your can get your mobo to run that Q9550.
My buddy is running a i7 860 (stock) with a GTX285 and scores 18500 3dmarks06...
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The e6400 is currently at 3.2ghz. My biggest concern is gaming/Photoshop/app work. Is getting a q9550 worthwhile investment?

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e6400 3.2
P5B Deluxe
2GB XMS2 pc6400

My optimistic outlook is to get +10% - 20% FPS increase in most games, and even more multithreaded ones.

For the $250 pricetag on 9550's I would just look at getting an i5 750 system. Personally anyways.
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Yikes, I guess it would be fairly helpful. However with a Q9550, I'd want a P45 chipset so you could bump the FSB up to 400+ to get over 3GHz. I highly doubt your P5B will be able to do that.

And as such, like others are saying, you'd probably be better off switching platforms all together then.
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Yikes, I guess it would be fairly helpful. However with a Q9550, I'd want a P45 chipset so you could bump the FSB up to 400+ to get over 3GHz. I highly doubt your P5B will be able to do that.

And as such, like others are saying, you'd probably be better off switching platforms all together then.
Well, my FSB is at 400 right now, and it's an optimistic goal. I just purchased a 9550 for $175.
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