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Old March 23, 2010, 10:44 AM
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Default Q9550 or i5 750?

Wondering which would be better to build with, Q9550 or i5 750.
Lets say they are same in terms of price.

Also want to know how good is the Evga P55 FTW mobo.
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Old March 23, 2010, 10:49 AM
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If it's a new build, go with the i5 / LGA1156 platform. Memory price is the same, you can get a good mobo for $150 or less, and you have an upgrade path. The 775 chips and boards are EOL.

And I like EVGA's boards.
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depending on what you do 750 might not be the chip for you. 50 bucks or so more gets you a hyperthreading xeon, and evga is good.
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Wondering which would be better to build with, Q9550 or i5 750.
Lets say they are same in terms of price.

Also want to know how good is the Evga P55 FTW mobo.
I second that definately go I5
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Old March 23, 2010, 11:39 AM
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I'm a big i5 750 fan. Even without HT, the quad core handles just about anything. The i5 750 runs cooler than the i7 860 and overclock's much more easily than the 860 as well. At ~$207 the i5 750 is an xlnt deal imho.
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Intel Xeon X3440 Quad Core Processor LGA1156 2.53GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 95W $236.95 w HT and Turbo looks like a great deal. HT for $30 more - but with a one step lower multi.
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Wondering which would be better to build with, Q9550 or i5 750.
Lets say they are same in terms of price..
so where is the question as for the motherboard, for the price of the EVGA you can get the maximus formula III, better sound card, and rog connect.
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the i5 750 seems to be the sweet spot for mainstream gamers. I had one as well as an i7 860. The i5 I used to have had some really crazy OC potential vs my i7 860 hit the wall @ 4.4ghz on water. I found HT to be pretty much useless unless I was rendering CGI. Might actually go and pick up another i5 750 actually lol.
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so where is the question as for the motherboard, for the price of the EVGA you can get the maximus formula III, better sound card, and rog connect.
Hmm, but the Evga P55 FTW look so sweet with its pure black look haha. Also, seems like maximus formula III cost around $100 more then the P55 FTW
So hard to choose

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depending on what you do 750 might not be the chip for you. 50 bucks or so more gets you a hyperthreading xeon, and evga is good.
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I'm a big i5 750 fan. Even without HT, the quad core handles just about anything. The i5 750 runs cooler than the i7 860 and overclock's much more easily than the 860 as well. At $200 the i5 750 (w free shipping) is an xlnt deal imho.
also the
Intel Xeon X3440 Quad Core Processor LGA1156 2.53GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 95W $236.95 w HT and Turbo looks like a great deal. HT for $37 more - but with a one step lower multi.
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Im not sure about the xeon, what is the xeon is good for? rendering?



Seems like i5 is the better choice, as i would think so too, just wasnt sure if the Q9550 has anything wroth going into with other then the fact that its good upgrade for ppl who has a nice 775 board.
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There's nothing wrong with the Q9550, but if you're thinking about an upgrade, let us know what from? For instance I'd upgrade from a E6400 to a Q9550, but not from an E8400 on a gaming machine.

And the Xeons are server grade CPU's, generally the same as the retail models but with a lower power usage.
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the xeon is 250 or less, and worth every penny if you need power. if you already spend 200, 50 more(actually 40 more) you cant go wrong. if you dont need the speed then get a dual core and oc it, if you have a slow system as we speak.
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