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Core 2 Duo E6600

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August 19, 2009 4:02:21 PM


I m running a Core 2 Duo E6600 on a Asus Motherboard,

Here is my config:

Intel core 2 duo e6600 2.4ghz (775 LGA socket) O/C 20%
RAM = 2 x 2 gigs corsair xms
800 Mhz
Power Supply = Corsair 750W - 60A
Running Vista 64
Using a 22'' Samsung screen
GPU MSI Radeon 4890 O/C at core clock = 930 Mhz and memory clock at 1132 Mhz,

Should I consider changing the processor to help the graphic card performance?
I would like to stick to my current motherboard, just change the CPU, thinking about:

Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHZ LGA775


Intel Core2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHZ LGA775

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a c 172 à CPUs
August 19, 2009 4:33:56 PM

If you are going to change the CPU to help feed your graphics system, you are probably better off going with a fast Core2 such as the E8400.

The other thing you can do is get a better cooler so you can OC more.
August 19, 2009 4:48:42 PM

So for gaming purpose, having a dual is better? it about the same price for a quad Q8400 2.66 and a Duo E8400 3.00,

I would O/C both unit in any case.
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August 19, 2009 6:14:48 PM

mehhh... i say stick with it... i ran my computer against people with quads or higher clocked duals... wasn't much difference really(gaming wise of course and excluding GTA4)
a c 172 à CPUs
August 19, 2009 9:25:49 PM

I suspect (but haven't yet tested) that any 2, 3, or 4 core CPU that you can push up to around 3.2 - 3.3 GHz. will be fast enough that the graphics card will be the limiting factor.

But a fast C2D is simply easier to overclock.
August 19, 2009 10:30:41 PM

Just O/C it to 3.5GHz, wow, it doubled my performance on Arma 2! I ll stick to my E6600 for a while :) 
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August 19, 2009 10:51:20 PM

OC what you got.
August 19, 2009 11:08:15 PM

Just did that, very impressive