Which upgrade for E8400

My rig is:

core 2 duo e8400
Intel classic motherboard
260 gtx core 216
4gb ram ddr2 400Mhz on cpu-z(that should be 800Mhz each stick, 2x2gb)
Vigor Monsoon III LT Idle 37° load 44°(with better thermal paste should get like 2! degrees less maybe)
Haf 932 case
1680 x 1050 22" monitor

I would had overclocked allready but mobo doesnt allow it. So i might need a good overclocking mobo for a max of $100, dont care about sli.

So far my plan is getting a new mobo and overclock it to 3.8-4Ghz, any better ideas?

Was about to get a core i5 but decide to be with this setup for another couple of years
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  1. that cpu is one of the best cpus intel took out, it is a real beast.
    replace the mb, also 4 ram at 400Mhz? get a 4 gb ram of way higher speed.
  2. ddr2 is geting expensive...what about getting a 775 socket mobo with ddr3 dual channel supported?

    Cpuz reads them as 400mhz...but they are supposed to be 800Mhz from what i have read
  3. ddr stands fro double data rate so 400 mhz ram does 2 cycles so it comes too 800mhz
  4. tosen, just get a better mb and oc the beast.
    I don't see any reason (unless you can provide one) to upgrade this beast.
  5. obsidian86 said:
    ddr stands fro double data rate so 400 mhz ram does 2 cycles so it comes too 800mhz


    Nice to know, then i wont need to change memory
  6. daggs said:
    tosen, just get a better mb and oc the beast.
    I don't see any reason (unless you can provide one) to upgrade this beast.


    On my research found that theres 2 type of e8400 1 is C0 and other is D0...mine is the older one C0 but dont know the difference.

    Also saw that i can overclock to 3.6 Ghz even on stock fan...but with stock intel heatsink:

    50° on idle and 75° on heavy load...now its 37° on idle and 44° on heavy load, and i used crappy thermal paste.

    Should i aim for 4Ghz? Im really concerned on frying the new mobo with the volt regulation.

    Just in case:

    http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=72&u=13442081
  7. You should really ask someone to do the overclocking for you. :D
  8. yah maybe....im lucky they charge for these type of things like only $10.
  9. nah nvm....just called like 5 local pc stores and none of them do overclocking for lame excuses...looks like im gonna need help ;(
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