Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    139
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked
    8 times in 7 posts
    • bandsaw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P9X79 Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Core i7-3930K
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Samsung Green DDR3-1600 (8x4GB)
      • Storage:
      • 160GB Intel 320 + lots of HDDs
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI HD 7970 Lightning
      • PSU:
      • 750W Corsair HX750
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT02-B
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Dell U2410
      • Internet:
      • 16MB ADSL

    E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    Would an upgrade from an E6600 to a Q9550 be worth it?

    I have no [current] intention of buying into Core i5/i7 as that's a whole new board, new RAM, etc (plus I intend on getting my paws on an Intel SSD to put Win 7 on in October)... but I'm liking the look (for the price) of the Q9550 for £170ish (£210ish with a bigger, better cooler).

    I presume it'd be a more useful upgrade than, say, an E8500. I can get my E6600 to E8500 speeds quite simply but I'm not happy with running it 24/7 as the temps are somewhat high. Granted the ambient is high but it's still hot.

    Any opinions gratefully received.

  2. #2
    Hello jackvdbuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Stratford
    Posts
    2,513
    Thanks
    468
    Thanked
    112 times in 95 posts
    • jackvdbuk's system
      • Motherboard:
      • AbiT IP35-PRO
      • CPU:
      • Intel C2Q Q9550
      • Memory:
      • OCZ Nvidia SLi Edition 4GB (2x2gb) pc2-6400 DDR2
      • Storage:
      • lots of TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • BFG 8800GTS 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX620W
      • Case:
      • Corsair 800D
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Premium x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407WFP
      • Internet:
      • Orange (about 6Mb)

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    i went from a E6550 to a quad 9550 and tbh it makes a big differnce if you do multiple things at once i.e extracting archives, watching tv, playing games at the same time

    but thats what i would expect from a quad jobbie, these must be really cheap now considering quite a few people are going towards the I' range. keep your eye out on the FS threads on tech forums!

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    139
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked
    8 times in 7 posts
    • bandsaw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P9X79 Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Core i7-3930K
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Samsung Green DDR3-1600 (8x4GB)
      • Storage:
      • 160GB Intel 320 + lots of HDDs
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI HD 7970 Lightning
      • PSU:
      • 750W Corsair HX750
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT02-B
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Dell U2410
      • Internet:
      • 16MB ADSL

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    I do tend to have a load of stuff open at any one time (typically Photoshop plus Lightroom, IE8, etc) - might well give it a whirl, then.

    Ta.

  4. #4
    Who the $%£# told you you could eat my cookies?! Oobie-'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    1,291
    Thanks
    96
    Thanked
    17 times in 16 posts

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    I wouldnt see any need in getting one unless you're going to be doing intense processing jobs like rendering/archiving/gaming at the same time.

    Just seems like you could save it for a future build or some games =]
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    139
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked
    8 times in 7 posts
    • bandsaw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P9X79 Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Core i7-3930K
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Samsung Green DDR3-1600 (8x4GB)
      • Storage:
      • 160GB Intel 320 + lots of HDDs
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI HD 7970 Lightning
      • PSU:
      • 750W Corsair HX750
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT02-B
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Dell U2410
      • Internet:
      • 16MB ADSL

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    About the most stressful thing I can think I've done on a fairly regular basis is do some batch RAW conversion whilst uncompressing a few archives - and getting bored with waiting so firing up Age of Empires II.

  6. #6
    Va Va Voom Lowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Newcastle Under Lyme
    Posts
    6,737
    Thanks
    321
    Thanked
    356 times in 265 posts
    • Lowe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 4690K
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical
      • Storage:
      • Crucial M550 256GB and 1TB spindle drive
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit Geforce GTX1080 Jetstream
      • PSU:
      • EVGA 600w
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster Silencio 352 m-ATX
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7/Mac OSX
      • Monitor(s):
      • 27" 1080p AOC, Oculus Rift CV1
      • Internet:
      • 200mb Virgin VIVID

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    I went from an E6600 to a Q6700 and I saw a benefit - but then the game I use my PC for is optimised for a quad core. In day to day usage it makes no difference at all.

  7. #7
    Super Nerd
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    1,785
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked
    105 times in 72 posts

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    I recently went from an overclocked E4300 (at 2.66GHz for 24/7, I like to keep the power and noise low) to a Q6600 at 3.0 GHz (just upped the FSB to 333, no other changes needed, and speedstep is still on so it keeps my power usage and noise low).

    Well worth it for me, I use Virtualbox a lot for XP and Linux, it's noticeably snappier with the hardware extensions, multitasking is better and Supreme Commander seems to be coping better when there are a lot of units in action.

    I bought the Q6600 (eBay - £90) rather than a whole new system as I already had a perfectly decent motherboard, RAM etc... i5 isn't that much faster I thought it was worth it and i7 is out of my price league at the moment, when USB3 hits I might wholesale upgrade to get the new cool stuff, but to honest I'd see more benefit now by upgrading my 9600GT rather than going i5 (waiting to see where prices go after the next gen cards appear) or buying an SSD, so I probably won't for a year or so... plus I need a bigger case and PSU for new graphics cards to work (Antec Solo doesn't have the room for many high end cards) so I have plenty to spend my money on.

  8. #8
    jim
    jim is offline
    HEXUS.clueless jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Location: Location:
    Posts
    11,337
    Thanks
    604
    Thanked
    1,585 times in 1,261 posts
    • jim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
      • CPU:
      • i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS GTX 970
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX650
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT03
      • Operating System:
      • 8.1 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2716DG
      • Internet:
      • 10 Mbps ADSL

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    Went from E6750 to Q9550 - not because I particularly wanted to, more because my E6750 decided to end its miserable life rather prematurely :/

    Can't say it's really made *all* that much difference, main times I've noticed it is in PCSX2 (PS2 Emulator that's very much dependent on CPU speed) and video encoding.

    Having said that, we're talking about upgrading from an E6600. I don't think upgrading to another dual core Intel would be a worthwhile move, and neither do I think that i5/i7 offers any *amazing* upgrade in speed over a good quality C2Quad, so if you're wanting to upgrade then a Q9550 would be an excellent choice.
    Last edited by jim; 18-09-2009 at 10:02 AM.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    139
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked
    8 times in 7 posts
    • bandsaw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P9X79 Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Core i7-3930K
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Samsung Green DDR3-1600 (8x4GB)
      • Storage:
      • 160GB Intel 320 + lots of HDDs
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI HD 7970 Lightning
      • PSU:
      • 750W Corsair HX750
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT02-B
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Dell U2410
      • Internet:
      • 16MB ADSL

    Re: E6600 to Q9550 - worth it?

    Cheers guys.

    All info duly taken on board and much appreciated... and a Q9550 is on it's way from the good people in Bolton!

    I convinced myself the buy-in cost to i5/i7 is just too great for the rewards (I'm not really a massive game player and I don't think there's sufficient difference between a Q9550 and i5/i7 for what I'll use it for to justify the cost) when I have other upgrades in mind which will probably make more difference, like an SSD for instance. Not to mention the many other avenues my money disappears down every month!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Need a new DVD player - is it worth going Blu-Ray?
    By Mike Fishcake in forum Consumer Electronics
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 09-10-2012, 01:56 PM
  2. Q9650 vs Q9550
    By Greenbandit in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-11-2008, 11:42 AM
  3. Evil, amoral gazunderers
    By Rave in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 81
    Last Post: 30-09-2008, 03:32 PM
  4. E6600 upgrade to Q6600 worth it?
    By Boon72 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 03-02-2008, 08:08 PM
  5. Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 build
    By xpronic in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 04-07-2006, 11:35 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •