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Question: Processor Upgrade for Gaming


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#1 Bit Monkey

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 11:31 AM

I just got back from the computer store and got 4GB DDR2-800 RAM which will upgrade me from 2GB of the same, but I'm seeking some computer advice on my Processor. Currently my Mobo and Processor is operating at a FSB speed of 1066MHz. My Mobo is capable of going up to 1333MHz max. This leads me to wonder about buying more horse power with the processor. Currently my processor is:

Intel DUAL-CORE E6500: Freq: 2.93GHz FSB: 1066 MHz L2 Cache: 2MB

The processor I'm looking at upgrading to would be:

Intel Core 2 QUAD Q8300: Freq: 2.5 GHz FSB: 1333 MHz L2 Cache: 4MB


My question would be, if I upgraded the processor, would it improve any performance in game-play (particularly World of Warcraft) at all? Or does my current E6500 already optimize the capabilities of the System? If it would improve, what would it improve? I'll list my new Grahpics card specs below incase its a factor in the decision.

BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55 Graphics adapter - 896 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM

Processor / Memory

Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Clock Speed 590 MHz
RAMDAC Clock Speed 400 MHz
Video Memory Installed 896 MB
Technology GDDR3 SDRAM 448-bit
Memory Clock Speed 1.998 GHz

Features Nvidia SLI Multi-GPU Technology, Nvidia 3-way SLI ready, Nvidia CUDA technology, Nvidia PureVideo HD technology, Nvidia Lumenex Engine, Nvidia GigaThread technology

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:45 PM

I would be hesitant to replace that E6500 with a quadcore for gaming, or sinking any more cash into a Socket 775 at this point. If you had programs that were really multithreaded and would take advantage of those 2 extra cores, I might change my opinion. Some of the newer games make limited use of quad cores, but it is no means across the board.

That E6500 is an insane overclocking CPU. I don't know what motherboard you have, but a lot of those CPUs hit 4.0ghz and higher. You will hit the wall on cooling, depending upon what cooler you have, but a stock cooler should be fine as long as you keep near stock voltage. Even at stock voltage, 3.5ghz should be obtainable, once again dependant on memory and motherboard.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:12 PM

Yeah I have to say I agree with dpunisher I have a dual core Intel pentium and I have overclocked it and it works great on games such as crysis and Call of Duty. Also based on the specs you provided your rig is a pretty good gaming machine as is. :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:06 PM

Hey thanks for the quick replys! MY motherboard is an Intel (Essential Series) DG41RQ. Supports a 1333MHz (max) System bus, Dual-Channel DDR2 800/667 SDRAM (8GB Max). The RAM I put in is DDR2 240-pin 2GB (x2) DIMM sticks. The RAM supports 800/667/533 speeds. I failed to remember that only 3GB of the 4GB is being used since I'm running 32-bit processing Window 7 Home edition. I also have a 650W power supply as well, so I am interested in Overclocking, but not sure if the Motherboard could support it. I know I'd probably have to get more cooling hardware. All I have is the Standard that came with the E6500, a cute little exhaust fan thats on the display portion of the tower case.

Any idea if the said mobo and memory could support overclocking? Iwasn't able to see anything on the actual motherboard box itself that mentioned it.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 06:21 PM

Did you buy an Intel board?

Only way to really overclock is this:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/341123...-mod-guide.html

Look at the 1066-1333 mod about halfway down. Almost like clocking my old AMDs again.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 07:18 PM

Yeah its an Intel one, only cost me around 80 bucks. Only one PCIe x16 slot and to regular PCIs, but hopefully it can be clocked?

As for the link man thanks alot! Look'n it up right now :thumbsup:

Edited by Bit Monkey, 30 April 2010 - 07:20 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2010 - 07:44 PM

I think personally, If I was going to upgrade to a quad, it would be a quad just as fast as my dual. If Im not getting twice the performance its really not worth it, so if I had a 2.93 ghz dual core, id look for a quad of 2.93 ghz or higher. Nothing wrong with upgrading to a quad though, im thinking of upgrading my aging athlon x2 6000+ to a phenom x4 945. So thats my opinion, if you think you want or need a quad core, thats not a bad quad, but id try to find a faster one if possible, if not the quad you had, will run better if the game is made for quad core gaming, if not well, youd probably have been better off with the dual.

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