My workstation is still running the trusty Q6600 I bought many years ago, but it's getting replaced pretty soon for a Core i7. Steve gets to keep all the chips we test for further evaluation (so we can report back to you, when we don't have to return them).
Bought my first Quad November 2007, a Intel Q6600
I've exchanged that once for a Xeon X3230
And now I'm running a Q9450
All on the same Maximus Formula mobo, the latest processor has more cache, however all upgrades where done to find a processor which would overclock higher, but that failed, first two where 266Mhz FSB so then the mobo did not hold me back then...
But now with the Q9450 I can't go high because it's high default FSB of 333Mhz limits me due to my mobo's chipset not wanting to go at even 450Mhz
Mobo is Maximus Formula flashed with Rampage Formula BIOS
I am using a Phenom II 550 with unlocked cores turning it into a Quad B50 , then overclocked to 3.42 Ghz. * 8 gigs of DDR2 1066 and a powercolor 5970 gpu. My mobo has a bios update to run the 6 core Phenom II and am thinking of upgrading to it next month after many reviews are posted by users.
AMD may be the underdog rite now , but for what i use a pc for ( Gaming ) why would i ever want to pony up $1100.00 for a 6 core fom intel when AMD offers a close competor for $300.00 ? The upgrade path that AMD offers is nothing short of fantastic.
Currently I am running an X3 710. It is not quite as much horsepower as I would like, but is infinitely better than my old PD 920 @ 3.3. I had been thinking about a new video card for my next upgrade, but now that the Phenom II x6's are out I'm not so sure any more.
Using 4 cores - Q9550, mildly overclocked to 3.1Ghz. Been an excellent little processor. Next spring I'll upgrade to an "i" something - haven't decided yet.
Although 4 cores has come in handy during some heavy-duty multi-tasking jobs, it really has had zero difference on gaming compared to a dual core. Software companies need to get their act together and realize unless some new technology comes out, we've pretty much hit the high ends of processing speed and need to maximize their products for multiple core use.
I don't have a notebook, and only use one E6750 @ 3Ghz machine whish is used for gaming, work and multimedia.
Up until I bought Bad Company 2, I wansn't pallning to upgrade until sandy bridge comes along. Now though, since GTA IV and Bad Company 2 need quad cores, I was thinking of getting some $200 band aid upgrade, but when I think about it some more, I guess I'll wait until Sandy Bridge.
The money should be better spend on travelling and other hobbies.
Plus Intel wants about $220 or so for a Q9550! AMD sells an X6 CPU for that price, also you can get an i7 920 for $180 at micro center! - so I'm not buying the Q9550 for that sole principle.
I wish I had an AM2/3 motherboard and not a LGA775 one :/