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Windows 7: CPU upgrade advice

07 Nov 2010   #1
scarecrow

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
CPU upgrade advice

Sup guys. I currently have the Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8200 (4M Cache, 2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) for Socket 775 and I wanted to know what would be a reasonable upgrade for this CPU.


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07 Nov 2010   #2
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

How much are you willing to spend?

EDIT: I'm looking to see if your motherboard supports the higher end Q9xx0 CPU family.

EDIT: I think you should be fine. Go with either the Q9550 or Q9650.
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07 Nov 2010   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'd say perhaps the Q9650 Core2Quad 3.00Ghz processor which has 12MB L2 Cache, 1333 FSB. But for the cost, you won't mnotice much difference, especially if everything else isn't changed. You already have a quad processor, so I'm not sure this is worth the $300+

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80569Q9650

A Guy
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07 Nov 2010   #4
scarecrow

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks a lot Slacker because I can't find any info anywhere about my mobo and I was thinking the same thing Guy.
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08 Nov 2010   #5
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

As an opinion, since i had one.

I suggest the Q9550.

It may not quite be 3.0ghz but it still has all the same goodies as the Q9650 and will probably work out a bit cheaper.

But that's coming from a Q9550 user and mine was a beauty to work with.

Lucky
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08 Nov 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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08 Nov 2010   #7
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Luckystar View Post
As an opinion, since i had one.

I suggest the Q9550.

It may not quite be 3.0ghz but it still has all the same goodies as the Q9650 and will probably work out a bit cheaper.

But that's coming from a Q9550 user and mine was a beauty to work with.

Lucky
Definitely.

A buddy of mine has a Q9550, and that thing SCREAMS.
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08 Nov 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a Q9550 with a slight overclock and it's great. However, this CPU is running $275 at NewEgg right now....so I hesitate to say upgrading the CPU is a wise move since you are already on a quad core.

Generally speaking, I find that sockets just change far too rapidly anymore to consider upgrading a CPU. It's often a matter of replacing the mobo, cpu and RAM when you are ready to change.
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08 Nov 2010   #9
scarecrow

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Generally speaking, I find that sockets just change far too rapidly anymore to consider upgrading a CPU. It's often a matter of replacing the mobo, cpu and RAM when you are ready to change.
Yeah you're right.
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08 Nov 2010   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scarecrow View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Generally speaking, I find that sockets just change far too rapidly anymore to consider upgrading a CPU. It's often a matter of replacing the mobo, cpu and RAM when you are ready to change.
Yeah you're right.

I always cringe when I see somebody post, "I'm going to go with something small now...but then upgrade it later".
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