I have Sapphire Hd 4850. Currently running with a e2160 oced @ 2.8ghz. If i upgrade my Cpu to Core two Quad q8400, about what percentage of a performance boost im gonna get? ll it be worth the money? im planning gaming @ 1440X900. and cannot OC my dual any further due to motherboard limitations.
Please answer soon. thanks a lot.
An OCed E2160 is fairly decent. ATI drivers require less powerful cpus than Nvidia drivers.
You will notice some improvement, but it won't be significant. According to the balanced-PC review, a E6300 P2D @ 2.8GHz and 2mb of cache maxes out the 4850. This is faster than your E2160 due to faster architecture, but the difference won't be huge.
ohh...one thing as i ve got such helping guys like u, i cant help asking one more qus..my cpu goes as hot as 80 degrees @2.8 ghz at full load(prime 95).. im using stock cooler stock voltage...last time i used thermal gel it was 3 years ago.What i need to kno is,can the gel be an issue? i removed the heatsink a couple of weeks back to clean the fan..and gel was pretty dry n thin.i dnno nothing about this...one my frnds said its enough..just needed for the separation of the cpu and the heatsink..what do u guys think?