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E6400 to Q6700 for gaming. Worth the upgrade?

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August 23, 2009 4:55:20 PM

I currently have a Core 2 Duo E6400 in my rig and was considering jumping up to the Q6700 but after looking at prices and the CPU charts I'm not so sure. I have an XPS 700 without the upgraded 720 motherboard so the Q6700 or QX6800 are the highest I can go and have them be compatible. I'm ordering a GTX260 Core 216 and 4gb of Corsair memory soon so if anything I would expect my CPU to be the bottleneck in the system.

Has anyone done a similar upgrade and have you seen big results in actual gameplay or are the two close enough for most games that I can get away with saving money and sticking to the E6400? (I normally game at my monitor's native resolution which is 1920 x 1200).
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August 23, 2009 5:29:32 PM

the best option would be a total system upgrade.
Get a new mobo, get i5/i7,DDR3 ram.This will be a worthy upgrade.But if you don't have the budget then drop this idea.

First overclock your proccy .If you are satisfied then stay with it.If you still wanna upgrade then get the q6** quad core.
August 23, 2009 7:52:19 PM

I would love to build a new i7 system but I can't swing the cash right now so the idea is to get a little extra oomph into this one and hopefully build a new one next year. Unfortunately the XPS 700 is only overclockable through ntune which is horrifically buggy, that's what I get for not building it myself though (bought this one used for less than I could have built it for). If you know of any other way to overclock these than ntune I would be ecstatic to hear about it.
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August 23, 2009 8:37:58 PM

setFSB... all you have to know is your PLL chip number and input that in, and set your FSB... and done... you have to do it every time your restart though, thats the only downside
August 23, 2009 9:49:10 PM

Thanks for the input guys! I think I'll move ahead on the video card and ram upgrade and look into giving setFSB a try on the e6400. :)