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BoT Sep 08, 2009, 07:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 08, 2009, 07:51pm EDT

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Microcenter has the Q9550 on sale for $159 dollars, down from $179 dollars
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0299412

edit: then again .. looking some more
i7 860 for $229
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317378

and

i5 750 for $179
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317379


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Michael C Sep 08, 2009, 09:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
If I didn't have a Q6600 I'd probably buy that Q9550...not sure it would be worth it though.

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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
The new Lynnfield chips are easily the best value in the CPU market today.

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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
hands down adam .. $179 for the i5 750 makes the q9550 for $159 look like not such a great deal even. insane.

i will try to get my hands on one of those 860's even thou i won't be able to get the board soon.
is it christmas already? lol =)

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* McFly stares from the cold in through the window *

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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
McFly said:
* McFly stares from the cold in through the window *


LoL

Zero joins McFly...and fighting tears....wears sunglasses with a fake smile to hide it :cool:

I think I will upgrade to Core 2 Quad when they become dirt cheap....say ~ $100...
and it has to support Virtualization. :D


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Plug & Play Sep 09, 2009, 05:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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If you have no PC at all then it is the chip to buy...the i5 I mean, if like me you have a pretty powerful machine its a waste of money. All the current chips are....purely from a gaming point of view of course. Then again who wants to spend big money to encode a DVD a few secs faster then the next GEEK.

But yes...if you have a very old machine its a good buy.

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If you have no PC at all then it is the chip to buy...the i5 I mean, if like me you have a pretty powerful machine its a waste of money. All the current chips are....purely from a gaming point of view of course. Then again who wants to spend big money to encode a DVD a few secs faster then the next GEEK.

But yes...if you have a very old machine its a good buy.

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G. G. Sep 09, 2009, 10:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Great find BoT !!! Cheaper than when I got my Q9550... But then again I got mine back in Oct '08.. ain't it great when prices of technology goes down given it a few months...lol well with the exception of "Apple"..... you gonna pay through the nose no matter how old it is...

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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
Lol it's funny how everything seems like trash compared to what you originally paid for it. For instance... I bought my Q6600 for $280 and that was after the july price drop that had everyone licking Intel's ass. A Quad core was easily in the $500 before that. Now we get these awesome chips for sol little! Now, for the people who are just getting in the computer world then this is in fact the best time to build a Pc, you can get so much for so little that it makes me want to sell this heap of junk and build a new one meself.

I take that back I love my PC! all it needs is a memory and video card upgrade then I'm good for another 3 years.

Although, I'm still tempted to purposely damage my 8800gt to get a better video card. Since I can't dream of SLI thank to EVga not producing 8800gt's anymore grrr >:o



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Plug & Play Sep 09, 2009, 11:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159

tut tut Meats.....

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BoT Sep 09, 2009, 12:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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lol @ mcfly

and true, it seems prices just keep dropping. but really thou. $179 for the i5 750 as a welcome sale? the chip has not even seen retail a week, even at the original price of @219 is a steal.

the q9550 is on sale for $159 at microcenter but still is $219 at the egg and q9650 is $319 i believe.

i also think that real world performance of those chips and systems will be a much more significant then many of the benchmarks show. i have seen even lower memory latencies then the i7 introduced and with much of the chip on die, communication is improved

i am glad i resisted the i7 920 deals and stuck it out but it was not easy :D

most funny about the 1156 release, all of a sudden i see for sale threads popping up everywhere with people getting writ of their 775's .. in a hurry.
so if anybody is thinking about upgrading there 775 platform, this is also a good time because there are some good deals to be had on the forums ;)

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Michael C Sep 09, 2009, 01:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
Lets face the facts - if you're computer is doing what you need it to do, why would you upgrade at all? You wait until it starts to lag, chop and give terrible FPS in the new games that come out, that's when you know it's time to upgrade. I think anyone with an overclocked Q6600 will not have to upgrade for at least another year, maybe even 2 years.

I know I'm not.

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Meats_Of_Evil said:
Although, I'm still tempted to purposely damage my 8800gt to get a better video card. Since I can't dream of SLI thank to EVga not producing 8800gt's anymore grrr >:o




?? meats - you don't need the exact same card.... (not since around early 2008 anyway..)

Good deals on the new i5's alright, might have to invest soonish...

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I am gonna wait and see what the i5 brings to the table with a high end mobo and the best DX11 card. If it does not SPANK my rig now......FORGETABOUTIT!!!!!!! :cool:

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Plug your rig right now would trade blows with an i7 920... I don't see any of the current chips unless highly overclocked "spanking" your rig right now... sure its not the best but its not going to be far enough from the top to make upgrading worth the cash required to beat it.

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Zero [MAX] (61446) said on Sep 09, 2009 at 02:12am PDT:
and it has to support Virtualization. :D

Yeah, I'm with you on that. My T2390 doesn't, so I'm forced to run x86 VM's. :-\

Not such a big deal, I suppose. But when I put together my next desktop machine, I won't buy anything without on-chip virtualization.

Although, seeing as how my laptop (which has been my only computer since Jan) isn't for gaming (it's for programming more than anything), it's more than fast enough for me.

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Plug your rig right now would trade blows with an i7 920... I don't see any of the current chips unless highly overclocked "spanking" your rig right now... sure its not the best but its not going to be far enough from the top to make upgrading worth the cash required to beat it.


You are pretty much in the same boat as me Bungle mate.....Its a FOOKIN curse being a gamer I tell you. I have to admit I am one of the lucky ones with my Q9450 as the majority of them dont clock well but I am bleeding mine dry at the moment. The Q9650 is the quad to buy it clocks like a MOFO....but what gain would I get from 4ghz as opposed to 3.5/3.6ghz.


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Zero [MAX] (61446) said on Sep 09, 2009 at 02:12am PDT:
and it has to support Virtualization. :D

Although, seeing as how my laptop (which has been my only computer since Jan) isn't for gaming (it's for programming more than anything), it's more than fast enough for me.


I am not a programmer..I wanted to...I love programming...but Math for me was like
the Great Wall...I am a system analyst. I can tell you that my most exciting courses during college were Java programming, we had two of them.

I want virtualization because I know it will come in handy in the near future.
Like running XP mode in Win 7 (IF I choose to upgrade). Also, I think many applications will try to utilize the technology one way or another.

This is probably the best time to build a desktop. If you are building one now,
good luck with that...if not, I hope will be soon. :)

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Michael C Sep 10, 2009, 10:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 10, 2009, 10:37am EDT

 
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I don't think there's any game out there that takes more than what I have in my system to run flawlessly. I don't expect there to be one for some time also. We haven't received any mind-blowing games lately and that's bad for the computer industry in general. It means people aren't buying new parts to run the games, which likely affects all companies involved.

I'm not sure what the next great PC game will be but my bets are going on ME2 and Bioshock 2. Luckily, I have a PS3 and have been playing MGS4, Killzone 2, Resistance 1&2 which you are all missing out on! haha! :D

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>> Re: Intel Q9550 for $159
guys, the i5 750 will spank that rig no doubt and even give an 920 a hard time while the 860 can even outperform the 920 in many cases.

these chips are much better clockers as well. i have seen them easily going to 4ghz in easytune, right of the bet. not to mention the wicked memory speeds and low latencies of the controller. boards are max spec'd at 2600mhz for memory and and 2300mhz has already been achieved.

thats now, i am sure as usual there is more to come

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