I have owned my current rig for a few years and I have some money to spend on a small upgrade and I was wondering if now would be a good time to do it? I am having a difficult time finding some performance ratings of the Intel E6600 vs Phenom ii x2 550 BE.
Core 2 Duo E6600 (OC to 3.1GHz) (upgrade)
4GB Corsair Dominator PC1066 DDR2 (upgrade)
DFI Lanparty 975X/G MB (upgrade)
EVGA 8800GTS 320MB KO (upgrade)
Twin WD Raptors in RAID-0 (keep these)
Corsair HX620 PSU (keep this)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Phenom ii x2 550BE (unlock and OC to 3.6GHz QUAD)
Xigmatek Dark Knight 120mm CPU Cooler
8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600
XFX HD5770 1GB (eventually buy a second to run crossfire)
Transfer WD Raptors from old pc
Transfer Corsair HX620 PSU from old pc.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Total cost is around $600.00 to add the new proc, hsf, mobo, memory and vid.
Would I see a significant increase in performance? I do a lot of photography and work in Lightroom and I'm a gamer and play COD4/COD6. I only do FPS games.
My other option would be to keep my Intel system and simply upgrade the video card to the XFX HD5770 for about $180 shipped. Upgrade the cpu/mobo next year early spring.
Thoughts and comments? If there is a significant performance increase on my proposed system vs existing system, for the minimal cost i may jump on it, if it's only my GPU lagging, i'll just upgrade the vid card. What do you experts say?
First of all you can't really count on being able to unlock the extra cores on the 550BE. It really is a hit or miss. Also, even if you do manage to unlock them you will have a lower stable overclock speed and will probably have to use a higher vcore. I say update your BIOS, upgrade to a Core2 Quad, overclock said quad, and put in two 5770s to run in crossfire.
great idea megaman, my 975X/G is crossfire capable. I may look into your option as far as adding the core 2 quad and upgrading the video card. We'll see. I'm still waiting for some more answers or suggestions to come in before making a decision. So far so good on responses.
No, DDR3 is not worth the upgrade IF your intentions are soley on FPS games and photography. I play MW1/MW2/L4D/L4D2 among other games and my pc is more than enough. Of course Crysis and Stalker do suffer a bit but I don't really play those games on a daily basis...
^^ and that is at stock speeds, if you overclock that 620/630 around the 3.2Ghz mark you will get basically the same frames as a 955 stock. Well the 955 might get a few more frames but nothing to worry about.... The x4 620/630 is a superb CPU for the money.... Best bang for buck ATM....
So the only difference between the Athlon II x4 vs Phenom II x4 is the Phenom has L3 cache and the Athlon does not? I'm not to familiar with L3 cache, what would be an example of why i would need or want L3 cache?
Personally, I think you'd be better off getting the graphics upgrade now (maybe adding another two gigs of ram while your at it) and wait for the whole system rebuild until next year. I9s and AMD 6-cores should be out by then, which means the current top of the line cpus should be significantly cheaper, and your current OC on your cpu makes it still competitive. Most games don't take advantage of more than two cores anyway, so you'll see more of a benefit by putting all the money towards an HD5850/70.
The L3 helps in games among other apps, not really needed if you want to justify the price between both CPU's. I have seen a 620 overclocked to 3.4Ghz vs. a 965 (stock) and the performance difference was around 5-6%, nothing mind-blowing....
I've got the CPU overclocked to 3.9GHz and stable on air running 32C idle and 49C max load. I'm sure I could push it further but this is good enough for now. It's more than enough power. I got some smoking deals on the hardware that I couldn't pass up.
Paid $199 for the 965BE + Gigabtype MOBO combo at Fry's the day after Christmas
Paid $260 shipped for the HD5850 from Ingram
Got the Zalman CNPS10X for $29 from Fry's on Monday ($60 retail)
The memory was the only thing not on sale $210 for 8GB