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E8400 vs. OC e2160

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July 15, 2009 1:06:18 PM

Hi,

My brother is having fps issues in 20 man raids in WoW. He is currently running the following:

E2160 OC to 2.9GHz
HD 4750 512 MB
4 gigs of ram
the game is running off a sata II HD
Xp pro 32bit
500 watt powersupply


We have tried lowering his resolution during these raids and get the same fps. We are thinking it is a CPU limitation. He is looking at a Q8400.

How much of an improvement is a E8400 over an E2160 that is overclocked by over a gigahertz. I know that there is more L2 Cache and fsb on the E8400 and it comes stock faster than what his overclocked processor is, but is it worth the $150 for the upgrade.

Are we talking a significant difference?


Edit:

Any thoughts on a Q6600 as opposed to the E8400

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a b à CPUs
July 15, 2009 2:48:37 PM

The quad core will help alot but it doesn't look like u would need it. The E8400 will make a big difference, it is also 45 nm so it really is overall better, get that.
a b à CPUs
July 15, 2009 4:30:40 PM

It could be that his add-ons are taxing his E2160, a quad would help in that instance.
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a b à CPUs
July 15, 2009 4:33:40 PM

world of warcraft is not a multithreaded game. an E8400 overclocked will fix the issues he is having substantially. you do not need to fork over extra money for a quad if all you are going to be doing is playing games.
a b à CPUs
July 16, 2009 12:21:45 AM

^ partly true, but the sound and addons will run on a 3rd or 4th core. Such as deadly boss mods, Omen, recount, auctioneer, etc.
July 16, 2009 1:56:23 PM

are those mods programed to run off the 3rd and 4th cores, or is it just the way the quad core architecture divies the load?
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