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  1. Funtoss

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    Hi i am thinking about upgrading from my Q6600 @3.1ghz to something good

    should i go for Q9400 or above
    or step into i5/i7 range? (also whats a good motherboard for SLI)??

    or look for something good in amd?

    just give me the advice, dont worry about money
    i just want to know whats a good upgrade for future? :p
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    might as well upgrade everything i dont see you getting much more performance for the price of going from a q6600 to a 9400
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    I went from q6600 to i5 750. The difference was gr8. 2500k or 2600k would be even better !
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    yeah i m thinking of upgrading to either i5 750 or the 2500k
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    I honestly would just start a new build. If you go AMD check out the Six cores, I have one and I absolutely love it, feels better than any intel rig I've had, but that's just me. However, they got the new Bulldozer's coming out so you might look into that and wait a bit to see if you might want to upgrade to that.

    As far as Intel, as it was recommended in an earlier post, the 2500/2600 Sandy Bridge CPU's are just killer, clock great, efficient, and run cool from what I've heard. I have no personal experience with them, but I have heard nothing but good things. Whatever you do, you can't go wrong. Keep us posted, maybe we can narrow it down a bit for ya if you tell us what you are looking at. :toast:
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    I went from a Q6600 to a 2600K and I have it at 4.5Ghz. TBH difference is minimal even in gaming as compared to my jump from the GTX285 to the GTX580 ( with the Q6600 )
    This is in gaming respect, I do other tasks in my PC as well especially video encoding and it has cut the encoding time by more than half!
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    Bulldozer is just about around the corner, I'd personally wait to see what it has to offer before doing a system overhaul. Although If you got the money and want to upgrade now for your gaming rig then definitely go for an i5 2500k CPU.

    It depends which games you play and what GPU you are using, the OP will definitely see frames improve by a large scale in games like GTA IV, Assassin's Creed II etc. where CPU plays a big part, but with games like Crysis and Metro 2033 he will need to upgrade his GPU to see any real improvements. I know that when I upgraded from my Q6600 3.6ghz 4890 crossfire to an i7 930 @4ghz with 4890 crossfire, the difference was huge in games as my 4890's were being bottlenecked and I saw very noticeable improvements all round.
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    dam!! i so wanna upgrade now! i m pretty sure that my Q6600 is bottlenecking my GTX 460 as well
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    definitely if your going to spend money your best bet would go for an i7 or sandy bridge to see increase performance and less bottle-necking your gpu/increase performance multitasking coding etc. in my opinion.
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    I doubt it, but i could be wrong. Q6600 at 3.1GHz should power that GTX460 along nicely i would think?

    I personally would wait for Bulldozer then decide. Honestly its like a month away or less, im sure you can wait that long?
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    i5 2500k is such a great cpu, i easily got to 4.8ghz with only voltage increase to 1.4v using noctua D14 cooler,,, further is like climbing a brick wall but im happy,, with more research im sure 5ghz is a 24/7 reality :0) ,,, still wait for amd's new cpus, u never know,,, maybe they called it bulldozer for a reason
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    I agree with most, i5 2500k is an ace processor, but I would wait for bulldozer as your this close. Can't you push your q6600 a little further, i've had mine up to 3.4, could probably go further with chipset cooling! have you tried.
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    Bulldozer is at least 2-3 full months out according to AMD themselves, and we still don't have any performance estimates. Jumping on SB wouldn't be the worst idea in case BD runs into some snags in the next few weeks (entirely possible at this point).
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    2500K or 2600K would be complete win compared to a Q6600 even overclocked. a 2500K is one HEC of a CPU already, just depends wether you want to spring for HT on top of that.
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    That's what I used to think , but my P45 board died so I upgraded to 2500k and I saw a sizable difference and 2500k is stock clocks for now.
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    I am in the same boat, waiting for BD before i choose but will most likely will go SB/BD(if it does well) or even 1366<--- only because i have a board.
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    Earlz just told ya that the difference that he experienced in gaming between the Q6600 and the 2600K was 'minimal' compared with graphics card upgrades.

    I could well believe that as when my mate upgraded his rig to a i7 920 @ 4GHz with a ATI 5770, I still got much better gaming performance with my E8400 @ 3.85GHz with a ATI 5850. It put me right off upgrading to the i7 series at that time. I want some real punt for my money, not some marginal performance increase. Wait for the up and coming CPU's (which will be out more or less at BF3 release time) and go for the best you can get at that point in time cos that will be the time to best maximise your cost/benefit ratio. Real improvements after Q3/4 2011 will be a long time coming.
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    I would build a new rig in the winter holiday (summer for us, winter for you?)

    I would also do this test:

    1. Benchmark the game that you think is lagging when Q6600 is clocked at, or near, 2.7Ghz = A
    2. Benchmark the game that you think is lagging when Q6600 is clocked at, or near, 3.1Ghz = B
    3. Pro-forma your gains with a Q9400 as follows: New speed = B*B/A

    Give us your results HERE. I bet the gain will be less than 5% and therefore isnt worth the upgrade cost for you. The 460 is the bottleneck more than the Q6600.

    How about trading that GPU and getting a better one? Use the new GPU until the summer holidays (our winter, your summer?) then update the rig keeping the new GPU for an all-round win. Spread the investment load, but gain something in the short-term.
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    I would wait for bulldozer, looks promising. :toast:
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    food for thought, going sandy bridge route seems good because the boards will be compatible with ivy bridge, which should kill off any threat of bulldozer, and u will get it now vs waiting for bulldozer, which might not deliver better performance vs sandybridge
    btw, there is a very healthy boost in games vs my previous setup of phenomIIx4 3.6ghz(which is similar to core2quads clock for clock),, 4.8ghz sandyB blows it away
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    Wait. With the new stuff coming out soon like bulldozer, it'd be kinda pointless to upgrade now I think. I'd wait for it to come out n drop in price a little. If it's gaming your concerned about just upgrade the video card. At least you can throw the new one into the new system later.
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    just as everyone says, If your really have to upgrade now. a 2500k is a superb option. Massively overclockable and a real speed demon

    the Q6600 was the bottle neck for your graphics cards. that 2600k you have has so much potential. holding it back at 4.5ghz is an insult. you want atleast 4.9 or 5Ghz. and its real easy to overclock so theres not much excuse not to unless you really dont need that kind of power.

    agreed. Depending on how Bulldozer performs it could drive the price of intel chips down. but if they suck then everything will be business as usual. there currently isnt any solid information on the performance of bulldozer aside from rumors that no one can prove. pics will be photoshopped. and FUD will be spread etc etc
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    Yea im sure a 2500k would motor along VERY well and would see a big difference in performance compared to his Q6600, but where talking about a GTX460 here, there not that fast realy, even some 2-3yr old cards can match it still so im saying that i would think a Q6600 wouldn't hold back a GTX460 surely? Gezzz even my 965 doesn't hold back my 4870X2.
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    lol yeah i know but i was thinking of getting another GTX 460 and sli it or just get a GTX 570?

    anyways.. i think i might wait for the bulldozers and see the benchmarks (and maybe price) and then decide if i need to go INTEL or AMD
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    Dont forget to keep an ear out for ivy bridge too
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