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Is a CPU upgrade worth the it?

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February 10, 2010 1:56:54 AM

I am looking to squeeze the most out of my current PC before building an new machine in about another year.
I have already upgraded my video card from a 8800 GTS to a GTX 260. I have also maxed out my ram.
I am currently have a Core 2 e6600 installed and I am considering a upgrade to a Core 2 e8500.
Do you think a e6600 to e8500 upgrade will yield a big enough performance boost to make it worth it?

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February 10, 2010 2:19:14 AM

welcome to the forum.
no, it's not worth it, think about the core2 quads or don't even upgrade.
if you want to upgrade, there are two best options:
1. go to core 2 quad 9000 series
2. get an AM3 board and a athlon ii 620 or 630, this costs a little more and u get less performance than the core 2 quad.
the core 2 quad is a dead end and u get no way to upgrade after the core 2 quad, but there's still a lot of options to go AM3. but considering your pc is old overall, u may just stick with the current parts and get a new pc after and reuse your video card and ram.
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February 10, 2010 1:32:04 PM

Or for $30 - $40 for a good aftermarket cooler, OC the E6600 to 3.3 GHz or so.

My E6600 was stable at 3.6 GHz.
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February 10, 2010 5:22:09 PM

+1 overclock that cpu!! You can get a lot of performance out of that little chip when it passes 3ghz.

If not buy c2q q9xx0 or better.
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February 10, 2010 8:22:24 PM

+2, a few quid on a good cooler, and o/c the puppy to 3GHZ+
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