So I keep reading benchmarks and am finding that my current CPU, a C2D E6600, is starting to fall way behind. I am happy with my Asus Rampage Formula board and do not wish to make the jump to i7 for quite some time, so, I have been thinking about an upgrade.
I am basically Trying to choose between an E8400 or a Q6600. In most benchmarks I have come across they seem pretty even. The E8400 beats the Q6600 in some game and apps while the Q6600 beats the E8400 in some games and apps.
To add to my dilemma, I run a water cooled box and OC my cpu's. Problem is... Both of these CPUS OC great..
At the end of November I am upgrading my video card from a Evga 8800gts 640 SC to a Ati 4870 card most likely, perhaps a 4850x2 if they are out. I am worried about my CPU bottle-necking on a new GPU. My thinking is that the E8400 won't bottle-neck as much if @ all OC'd around 3.6-4.0ghz where the Q6600 might possibly be more of a bottle-neck since it will probably end up around 3.4ghz, But, i am not sure since it's a quad. It probably depends on the game more times then not.
I sue my PC for gaming mostly.
What do you all think?
Thanks for Reading, I am open to any and all suggestions
I would not upgrade the E6600.
Your E6600 Should easily move well past 3.0Ghz and not limit you in games.
After you upgrade your GPU, then run some tests to see if you are GPU limited.
Most of the CPU limitations are games are not going to effect you since you will only see them if you lower your GPU settings to very low levels. (I.E., Only seen with a benchmark setup, not a real world use setup.)
If you are able to determine a CPU bottleneck, determine if that game supports more than 2 Cores. That will help you decide between a Dual and Quad Core.
Interesting, I currently find myself in the EXACT same position.
My E6600 is OC'ed to 2.93 ghz and I haven't hit any performance issues at all. I'm thinking of upgrading my 3870 to a 4850 crossfire...but this mentioning of a 4850x2 is news to me. Anyone have more info on it?
I've decided to hold off on Core i7 as well given the pricing it will have being the 'latest and greatest' and will wait for the cpus, mobos and ddr3 to come down in price.