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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 or 2 Duo E8500 for gaming ???

HEY everyone::)
I want to upgrade from Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 to one of these two (q6600 or E8500).
Which one is better for gaming?????
SPECS:
CPU: Intel Pentium E2220.
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5450 1 GB DDR3.
MOBO: MSI G41M P33 Combo.
RAM: Kingston 4 GB+ kingston 2GB (6 gb)
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  1. Modern games require minimum core i3, 8gb ram and gtx 750ti 2gb or equivalent graphics card. So I would suggest to save some cash and go for a good build. 300$ should be enough (without os). Coz even if you upgrade to any of these cpu, you still wont be able to play games. Your Gpu is just too weak.
    Core 2 quad is better than core 2 duo, but both cpus are weak for today's scenario.
  2. Hello... The E8500 has better single thread rating because of the faster core speed @3.16 https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core2+Duo+E8500+%40+3.16GHz
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core2+Quad+Q6600+%40+2.40GHz
    The q6600 will be a better @ multi-tasked.

    Do you have Low cost outlet for these items? because they are very dated.

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+5450
  3. You have more problems than your CPU. Your system is, or will be GPU limited. That's where my first upgrade would be. (and it will run on any future system)
  4. Unless your games actually require 4 threads, the E8500 will game better because of the superior clock rate which is 50% faster than your E2220.
    The Q6600 is a quad, but the single core rating is no better.
    Few games can actually use more than 2 cores.

    Actually, I think it is more your graphics card that will limit your gaming more than anything else.

    For $150, you can buy a G4400, lga1151 motherboard, and 8gb of ddr4 ram. The G4400 is twice as powerful as the E8500, and the integrated 530 graphics will be considerably stronger than your 5450.

    Such a starter has great future upgrade potential.
  5. Your PC is like 8 years old; I would buy or build a new PC for cheap. It's not worth spending money on older technology since you are limited on the CPU, videocard, and pretty much everything else. The performance difference between the E8500/Q6600 and a modern CPU is like night and day.
  6. Sorry i didn't mention that I'm Upgrading to a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870. which CPU is more suitable for this GPU????
    Also I'm in a Low budge; so I am not upgrading my MOBO.
  7. It's like asking someone to choose between dirt with BBQ sauce and dirt with Chocolate sauce. The best answer is something else. :)

    For what you are doing, core speed trumps core numbers, so the Duo is better.
  8. Hermano said:
    Sorry i didn't mention that I'm Upgrading to a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870. which CPU is more suitable for this GPU????
    Also I'm in a Low budge; so I am not upgrading my MOBO.


    Do you already have the HD 6870 or are you buying it? That videocard is not fast; it's much slower than a cheap GTX 750 Ti. http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    I hope you're not spending more than $100 for these upgrades. It's a waste of money and could be put into a better computer.
  9. I guess I'm going for GTX 750 TI...
    BUT don't you think it will bottleneck with a Quad core Q6600 or 2 Duo E8500???????
    also i play games on 1024x768 Resolution. on medium settings (I'm not worried about low settings)
  10. Hermano said:
    I guess I'm going for GTX 750 TI...
    BUT don't you think it will bottleneck with a Quad core Q6600 or 2 Duo E8500???????
    also i play games on 1024x768 Resolution. on medium settings (I'm not worried about low settings)


    How much are you buying the Q6600 or E8500 for? Like $20-30? I wouldn't spend more on it. I would give away my Q6600 to you if you lived near me. It's still in my dead Dell computer. If you lived near a Microcenter then you can get a AMD FX 6300 + motherboard combo for $100. Add 8GB of ram for like $40-50. Reuse your old hard drive assuming it has a Sata interface. But it's hard to recommend anything without you listing your budget.

    Honestly, I don't know the answer to your bottleneck question. I'm just surprised you are still playing at 1024x768 resolution. Most people I know already moved to 1920x1080 resolution since LCD monitors are dirt cheap nowadays. Decent 23-24" ones can be had for as little as $100-120.
  11. GUYS let me Rephrase my question:
    WHAT IS THE BEST LGA 775 CPU available????? PLS
  12. Best answer
    For gaming on the motherboard http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/Core_2_Duo/E8600.html

    I believe that with a BIOS update, it is compatible with your motherboard.
  13. OK thanks . I hope buying this CPU worth it.
  14. We've kind of been trying to tell you that it will not.
  15. It's been clearly identified that the upgrade you have selected is a waste of money. You should save up and actually upgrade with a new build. That said, enjoy your upgrade.
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