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dop3y

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I have a question that i have been pondering over and i guess looking for others input on it. I currently have a 790i Digital with a Q6600 and i have no issues playing games or anything that i do with it. I have the option to go i5 for about $175 more and was wondering if the upgrade would be worth it performance wise? Is ther gonna be a big increase or atleast enough that i would notice it in games?
The Q6600 is running at 3.6.

Thanks for your help.
 

Brutal-Force

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I just did the upgrade myself.

IF it only costs you 175 dollars and that is for the MB, CPU and RAM, is that worth it to you for a 30% upgrade?

IF so then yes. Go i5. IF you only game then you may even consider the i3. It looks like they will blow the E8400 Series away in performance, they will be dual cores with Hyper Threading, so I would imagine they will be weak Encoding Chips but awsome speed.
 

atm743

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you will have to buy a new motherboard and different ram if you want to go from what you have to I5 or I7.

there's no point to do this being that your q6600 is fine. if you plan on upgrading then i would go I7 (1366 I7)
 

OnDborder

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Are you going to need ram and a 1156 compatible hs/fan too?
I play my games on the Gigabyte system in my sig just fine..
What video card are you using?
 
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dop3y

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I have a heatsink that will work. All i need to buy is a bracket for it. I was planning on using the EVGA P55 FTW 200 board which has mounting holes for a socket 775 cooler so it will work. The total cost to go would be $175 including the ram, cpu, and board.
I am using three GTX 260 216's.
 

Brutal-Force

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I went from Q6600 on a P5Q with 8 Gigs of 6400 to a i5 750 on a Gigabyte P55-UD4 with 8 Gigs of Gskill 1600.

Total Cost for upgrade was $445 dollars. So far I sold my Q6600 Chip for 120 dollars and will be selling my motherboard for maybe $70 and maybe keep half my ram and sell the other half for $50. So realistically, I have spent $155 my upgrade. IMO, not to bad considering a Q9550 would have been 200 dollars.

Is it really THAT big of an upgrade.... no, does it run cooler.... YES! Is it more power efficient.... YES! Do I have future upgrade options.... YES!

Its really a cost vs. return type thing. If you can do it for $175, I say why not. If you gotta spend 400+, then definitely no.
 

OnDborder

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I have a heatsink that will work. All i need to buy is a bracket for it. I was planning on using the EVGA P55 FTW 200 board which has mounting holes for a socket 775 cooler so it will work. The total cost to go would be $175 including the ram, cpu, and board.
I am using three GTX 260 216's.

That would be a [email protected] system:rock:
 

Boulard83

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I have a heatsink that will work. All i need to buy is a bracket for it. I was planning on using the EVGA P55 FTW 200 board which has mounting holes for a socket 775 cooler so it will work. The total cost to go would be $175 including the ram, cpu, and board.
I am using three GTX 260 216's.

If you plan a FTW P55, i would suggest an X58 platform. Its a way more powerfull platform for SLI/CF and the tripple channel DDR3.
 

Brutal-Force

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Yeah, but i5 1366?

I did a 3DMark06 Run to give you a reference. With the system in my Sig, I got a:
17270 3DMarks with a 170 Bclk, Turbo Enabled. 260 GTX at stock speed.
18360 3DMarks with a 170 Bclk, Turbo Enabled. 260 GTX at 650 Core, 1100 Memory, 1300 Shader
Super Pi, 1M run of 10.537s

When compared with Q6600s with a GTX 260, they range in score on 3DMarks from about [email protected] to [email protected] but the top 20 scores average out at 11249. So this is 3/5ths or 1.6 X faster then a comparably clocked Q6600
 
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