I'm looking to upgrade my CPU, Specs:
asus p5q p45 board
4gb xms2 ram
I cannot afford to change platforms to i5/i7 and im feeling a bottleneck in my system.
For example GRID runs at around 55fps but dips to 35fps at times and the benchys for the oc'd 4890 give it a min fps of roughly 75 and avg fps of 100.
So I assume its the CPU as it onlly has 2mb l2 cache and has been clocked at 3.2 for over 3 years now.
I game at 1920x1200, Theres a good lineup of games being released over the next few months id like to play at max
For purly gaming should I get a q9550 or a e8500? Both will be oc'd quite heavily, What sort of performance gain can i exspect from the upgrade?
I would recommend the Q9950. It performed very well in the system I built that went to my Dad. I could tell very little difference between the Q9950 and my Core i7 920 in games like COD. I can't speak on the E8500, except I had the same debt in my mind. I finally chose the Q9550 because I felt it would provide the better overall system performance and not just gaming.