i was wondering what type of setup i could get so i could last at least 2 years of good performance with coming new games. i was considering keeping my setup with 775 socket since i have the ram and wont have to spend more on that , i was thinking of getting a quad core Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
or a core 2 duo Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache. would it be worth keeping? or changing socket?\
oh and i wanted to add that if i kept the 775 socket i would replace the current motherboard for a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
Anything would be much appreciated
Current setup is:
CPU core 2 duo E2160 1.8 OC'd at 2.8 (9x320)
mobo: Gygabyte GA-P35-DS3l
RAM: 4 gigs of G Skill ddr2 800
GPU: ATI 4830 512mb
i think i could get the quad because of a tight budget.
i just wonder if it would be good enough for a few more years. or i could wait and save up for the extra cost of ram. if so what socket would you recommend?
The e2160 is on the lowest tier listed in the Best Gaming CPU chart. Since you were already planning on a mobo replacement, I will assume that's in your budget. Take the $189 you'd spend on a Q9400 and buy 4GB of DDR3 and a $75 Athlon II X3 to go on the new mobo.
thanks a bunch jtt283 . i think i might go with this one since its cheaper and has about the same performance, i used to have an AMD a few years back and i loved it so i guess its time for it again . thanks again
I think you made the right choice there As someone said above if you were changing your motherboard anyway then it would make sense to move away from LGA775. The Phenom II's perform very well for gaming and you also have a better upgrade path in the AM3 socket. Your DDR2 should be fine as well Good luck!