View Full Version : Q9550 vs i7 big enough difference?

09-15-10, 08:42 PM
hey guys!

So I was wondering if I could get some help here. Currently I have this set up

q9550 2.83ghz core 2 quad
GTX 460 1gb
4gig DDR2 ram
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR
windows 7 ultimate 64bit
700watt PSU
LG 1920x1080 monitor

I get really good performance. But what enthusiast doesn't like to have more power? haha. So I have been thinking of getting an i7 system. Of course this means I would need to get a new motherboard and new ram which gets expensive ( I would sell the q9550, mobo and ram to help make up some of the cost ). But my question is this...

Would I notice a huge increase in performance with the i7? I am an audio professional, so I do a lot of music recording, writing and mixing, plus I am a huge gamer and play a ton of games. So I am looking to get as much power as I can, but if upgrading compared to the cost of upgrading is not worth it, then I won't do it.


PS: I have not overclocked, not really my thing and don't know much on how to do it.

09-15-10, 09:08 PM
Save yourself a bunch of money and Google overclocking. There are plenty of tutorials out there. At 3.2GHz my Q9400 handled my GTX470 just as well as my i7. I really haven't noticed any difference in gaming since the switch.

bob saget
09-15-10, 09:27 PM
definitely stick with the Q9550, it is a great CPU even after all this time. since you have a gigabyte motherboard, for overclocking, post a thread here, in the gigabyte section, and people will walk you through it. : http://forums.tweaktown.com/

09-15-10, 09:32 PM
I don't see myself getting rid of my Q9550 for a couple years at least.

09-15-10, 09:54 PM
If you decide to upgrade and not overclock, wait for Sandy Bridge next year. IMO, worth waiting.

09-16-10, 12:40 AM
I've decided to wait. Try overclocking if the games you play feel like they need it or if you're itching to get that audio encoding done faster.. if not, don't bother just yet. Stability will be very important for you when overclocking, but most Q9550's will make 3.2GHz without any complaint, so that should be a decent speed bump.

09-16-10, 08:50 AM
I went from a 4.1Ghz Q9550 to 4.2Ghz i7 860. Not worth it. Only reason I did it was after I sold my parts it only cost me $40. However, I did go from 8GB ram to 4GB. Didn't notice a difference though with less ram, overall system is not any noticabley faster. Benchmarks says it is, but wasnt worth the effort tbh. Stick with the 9550, get a nice cooler and overclock it. You'll be goo0d for awhile.

09-16-10, 10:29 AM
I'm doing the exact same thing... Bought the Q9650 and OCed it to 4Ghz while using the Cosair H50 with a two fan config. Fantastic cooling and a very good quad core. Sure the i7s have multi threading support and clock per clock they are faster but there isn't much out there pushing multithreading. If you're running something very high end work station fine but not games. I think the last article I read at the most games are pushing 3 cores. NOTHING is pushing 4-6 cores. It's going to take some time.

I'm going to milk my current setup until the SB Es come out and consider the upgrade then. The problem I see is this constant change in Sockets forces new MBs and Memory upgrades. Skip this Gen and look at the next. You're in good shape with that CPU.

09-16-10, 01:18 PM
I'm upgrading from my Q9550 to an I7 870 for the moment, mainly because I'm moving into Multi-threaded application processing. Will be upgrading again when Sandy Bridge EE come into existance. Mainly doing the I7 route because this 780i just isn't cutting it for me anymore. 3.74Ghz is the Max stable clock I can get out of it without increasing the FSB voltage to 1.4, and @ 1.4v FSB it tops out at 3.9Ghz.

09-16-10, 01:52 PM
spend the money on op amps or speakers or something or a jaunty hat.

I think an SSD would give me more benefit than an i7 system change would, Not that I can afford either.

10-11-10, 08:38 AM
Best chip i ever had!!! QX9650, not gonna change for another year!

10-11-10, 10:25 AM
When I went from Q9550 at 3.2 GHz to i7 920 at 4.0 GHz it was quite a bit of difference.

10-11-10, 10:43 AM
The only real worth while upgrade would have been if you were going from a dual to a quad core setup. I went from a Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.2Ghz w/ 680i SLI motherboard to Phenom II X4 965BE w/ Gigabyte 780GX motherboard, and while the benchmarks didn't say it was much faster, the gaming experience was leaps and bounds better, especially in games that make use of more than 2 cores.

However, since you're going from a high-end Core 2 Quad to an i7, you will not notice a difference in gaming. Benchmarks will indeed tell you the i7 is faster, but since a highend core 2 quad can rip through any game on the market, what's the point in upgrading? :p

10-18-10, 07:15 PM
Where the i7 really helps out is when you run SLI ,if you don't plan on running SLI then the Q9550 is plenty good ,but I would overclock it.Most all of them will do 3.8gigs if not more.