View Poll Results: When do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    I've got quite a few things on my list before I upgrade the CPU. Just got an SSD, currently planning a watercooling loop and after that the most likely upgrade contender is a new graphics card. However, that certainly won't be for a while as my little 8800GT can still very much hold its own in various new games I've thrown at it.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    I'm probaly going to get a new rig with core i5 (quad core) along with a new graphics card.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    I'm surprised I hadn't noticed this thread before now.

    I don't have a Q6600 so didn't vote, but if I did, and for my current processors, my answer would be "until they no longer do the job, or there's a significant and necessary real world benefit from changing."

    I've got a couple of machines here based on the first series of Athlon XPs, the 1700 and 1800. They're still doing the job just fine, so I haven't upgraded. I have another machine based on twin P5-900s and that's still running fine too, so I haven't upgraded.

    In other words, I upgrade when there's a point, when the cost-benefit equation says its justified, and not just because new stuff is out. Hell, it was only a year or so back I decommissioned a venerable old 486.

    Moreover, I'm so unconvinced that i-series chips are worth (to me) the money that when I do upgrade, I'm more likely to buy into second hand chips (and maybe mobo/RAM) of the Q6600 generation than I am to fork out for i-series, new mobos or DDR3.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    ... I'm more likely to buy into second hand chips (and maybe mobo/RAM) of the Q6600 generation ...
    Let me know when you get upgrade bug then *nudge**nudge*

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Still have loads of spare DDR2 and a motherboard so will probably get another Qxxxx whenever there is one in the FS forum.

    Unless the i series is 2-3 times faster there is really not much point upgrading. The jump from a dual core to a faster quad-core is massive. Not so much moving from Qxxxx to i series.
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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung View Post
    Unless the i series is 2-3 times faster there is really not much point upgrading.
    That's my rule of thumb for upgrades. Any CPU upgrade must double performance as a minimum and teh same with graphics cards.
    Anything esle just isn't noticable enough.

    I got my Q6600/8800GTS320 2 years ago to replace an Athlon64 3000+/Radeon 9800Pro so a bit more than twice as fast!
    I gor fed up with the 8800GTS 320 6 months ago and replaced it with a Radeon 4870 and haven;t looked back since. The 8800GTS 320 could easily be overcome by modern games whilst the 4870 is currently fine.
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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    That's very fair, all of those are respectable upgrades in their own right. A Q6600 from an A64 3000+ is 4 times the cores at a good 50-60% faster per core. The 8800GTS 320MB from the 9800 Pro must be at least a 400-500% performance increase, and the HD4870 from there is at least a 120-150% performance boost. You've got very respectable upgrades, not some of the frivolous choices I made, like from Q6600 to Q9550 To be fair, I'm still glad I did it.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Let me know when you get upgrade bug then *nudge**nudge*
    Well, it's more a case of if I see something come up, at the right price, that interests me. I'm not desperately looking to upgrade, but if the right stuff came up, there's one machine I'd consider it for.

    It would, however, have to pass my cost benefit criteria. And that gives me a bit of a problem buying from Hexen - I'm VAT registered, so you're going to be competing with what I can buy, with guarantees from retailers, at VAT-exclusive prices. Also, I've got a lot of industry contacts that are regularly unloading stuff. Having said that, if you still think you have something interesting, drop me a PM - you never know what might tempt me.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Saracen I'm the same more or less. I might not do whole systems, but if there is a need then I buy for that only.

    For example: 3 years after building a system the noise got a bit much. Wanted a drop it down a few decibel. Got a silent PSU, one that was more energy efficient than previous from a reputable company with 3 years warranty without breaking the bank.

    But I love tech, gadgets and cool things and the things they may enable me to do.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    I do the same, PP. I have a system now that's just been replaced with a quieter one. An Intel Quad goes in, and a dual CPU Athlon MP goes out ... together with the Delta (I think) PSU which was pretty much mandatory for Tyan Thunder mb's for a while, and which does a passing impression of Concorde on afterburners.

    The trouble is .... the new machine is so quiet, I keep forgetting to turn the damn thing off when I don't need it.

    There goes the carbon footprint.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    I went from an XP2800 to a Pentium D 805 at around 3GHZ. I then ditched this for a E4300 at around 3GHZ which then went into my secondary machine after a few months. I then replaced this with an E4500 at around 3GHZ in the middle of 2007. I managed to sell this and then upgrade to Q6600 at nearly 3GHZ earlier last year for a nett cost of around £30!! Luckily I have managed to use the same 975X motherboard for over three years.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    I'm still impressed by how quick my Q6600 is, doesn't feel sluggish at all - shows how worthwhile it was coming on here initially for a spec to self build.

    I'd like to go small form factor, a baby kinds of kills your free time for gaming but that won't happen (money for a new computer you say... well baby needs...).

    Now, if Hexus did a garden office self-build forum....

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I went from an XP2800 to a Pentium D 805 at around 3GHZ. I then ditched this for a E4300 at around 3GHZ which then went into my secondary machine after a few months. I then replaced this with an E4500 at around 3GHZ in the middle of 2007. I managed to sell this and then upgrade to Q6600 at nearly 3GHZ earlier last year for a nett cost of around £30!! Luckily I have managed to use the same 975X motherboard for over three years.
    Sweet. You got good mileage out of the platform and all without going broke.

    AMDs Socket A was like that at one point.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    I do the same, PP. I have a system now that's just been replaced with a quieter one. An Intel Quad goes in, and a dual CPU Athlon MP goes out ... together with the Delta (I think) PSU which was pretty much mandatory for Tyan Thunder mb's for a while, and which does a passing impression of Concorde on afterburners.

    The trouble is .... the new machine is so quiet, I keep forgetting to turn the damn thing off when I don't need it.

    There goes the carbon footprint.
    At least it doesn't keep you up. Sleep is priceless

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Not long I reckon, I should sell it in a bit.

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    Re: How long do you intend to keep your Q6600 until??

    Quote Originally Posted by pp05 View Post
    Sweet. You got good mileage out of the platform and all without going broke.

    AMDs Socket A was like that at one point.
    IMHO Socket AM3 is another one like that. I rekon you'll be able to get midrange/high end CPU's for it for at least another 3-4 years.
    I bought my Q6600 because it hit the price/performance sweet spot when I got it. About a month ago I got a little PC for my girlfriend and that's got an AthlonII 250 (or a 240, I can't remember) because of the AM3 socket for upgrades and the CPU was both good and really cheap for what it is.
    I shoehorned my 4870 into it (cover wouldn't fit with it in ) and it played all of my Games just fine over the xmas period.
    When eventually more than 2 cores is needed, I'll just get a bottom end Athlon III Quad core or whatever they call it for £60 and bring it up to date again!
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