Is it worth upgrading a P4 3.2 to a Core 2 Duo E4500? With new games coming out that are optimized for Core 2 cpu's, will I see a significant gain in performance? My motherboard only has a 800 FSB so it looks like my only options for a C2D are either the E4400 or E4500.
Some older 775 Motherboards will physically fit a C2D , but the Motherboards chipset may not be compatible with Core 2 Duo. It's worth checking that your Motherboard supports Core2Duo before you proceed.
A Core2Duo would be faster than your current CPU and it's dual core too
I checked my motherboard spec sheet and it does support C2D, so I should be all set on that front. As for overclocking, I haven't OCed a cpu yet. I've read that the E4x00 series is easy to do so I will probably give it a try.