My current system specs are:
750watt pc power and cooling silencer
2 x 1gb 800mhz ddr2 ram
320gb sata Hd
Sata dvd/cd rom
Asus p45 motherboard
Intel e6300 cpu
Evga 8800gts (g80) 640mb
I am currently running my core 2 duo @ 2.8ghz. I run at the resolution 1920 x 1200. I play games like Oblivion, Devil may cry4, Crysis, bioshock, etc.... i guess the 640mb does even keep up with the 8800gt and 8800gts at 1920 x 1200.. but anyways i been thinking about upgrading to a e8600 soon and clockin it at 4.0ghz @ 1600fsb. And next summer i will buy a High end 500$ video card. Do you guys think todays 4ghz e8600 will be fast enough to run next years best graphic card without being a major bottleneck?
Yeah, It most likely will be able to. At the same time, by next summer the Core i7's will be out when you upgrade your card by next summer. You could OC e6300 some more and then wait till your GPU upgrade next summer to upgrade your CPU too.
I'm currently running my e6300 at 3.4Ghz, so you should be able to push it to 3.2Ghz without much trouble as long as you have a good cooler.
Another choice would be to get the E8200 and OC it to 4.0ghz.
i say hold out for now...your cpu seems adequate enough to handle most games today...im no intel expert but I would guess you wouldnt see much performance increase upgrading...if you're not satisfied with your cpu, keep OCing...lol
P.S. I recently upgraded to my current rig, along with an hd4850...and i currently play all my games at 1900x1200 on my 24" monitor and I absolutely love the performance...I would guess any other video card more powerful than an hd4850 would do wonders...
You have a nice balanced system, but honestly, for 1920x1200 gaming in those games, your video card is your weak link. You would be better served with a higher end GPU and your OC'ed CPU for gaming at 19x12. Unless you have other reasons to want more CPU power, I wouldn't buy a new CPU now. You may find next year you wish you had a quad instead. If you simply have the craving for a 4.0GHz CPU now just for kicks, why not save $100 and OC an e8400 to 4.0GHz instead of the e8600? Just my 2 cents anyway.