Hi, I currently have the pc with the following specs:
Core 2 Duo E6600
ATi HD 2900xt
2 Gb of corsair XMS2 RAM
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard
I was thinking of upgrading my cpu, the pc runs fine as of now, but on some game slike sup com...well it is clearly held back by the cpu.
I was looking into geting the(Wolfdale) E8500 clocked at 3.16 Ghz for the price of $189.99, since I think Quad cores are still expensive, and for the simmilar price I would get a 2.44 or around that clocked CPU(Yorkfield if im not mistaken).
I heard that the Wolfdale is a "middle" cpu, and a new (forgot the name) will come out in Q4 of this year, that will be better than Wolfdale, and will be priced similarly, also a 45nm cpu.....got out of the loop in around 2007
So my questione is as follows:
Should I wait till the new family of cpu's are released? Since with what I have now i think i can probably live ok (since i did built the rig in 2006, as soon as the e6600 came out, and I planned to upgrade in around 2009/2010, and I aded the 2900xt in 2007.).....and im deffinitively waiting for the new dx11 gpus that'll come out in 2009(the 5x00 ati series)
Let me just starting by saying that the Q6600 is $189.99 on newegg, so the quads aren't really more expensive than dual cores at the moment. Also I believe spending $190 for a new E8500 to be a mistake, it is a great CPU indeed, but not worth a $200 upgrade over what you have.
The upcoming CPUs will be based on Nehalem and will be a completely different socket and architecture (LGA 1366), that should be around Q4 2008.
The best upgrade I would suggest is to get an E5200 and overclock it, you should be able to reach somewhere around 3.5Ghz without breaking a sweat, since it's an 800FSB 45nm wolfdale-based CPU, it should have a pretty good OC headroom
wait for around 6-8 months and the price will definitely fall with launch of Nehalem around Q2 2009 while E8500 is a great cpu u should wait. Nehalem has a new socket so u should not consider Nehalem until AM3 is launched or fusion by AMD