Upgrading E8400

Given the following components, does it make sense to upgrade my current E8400 to something faster? If so, what CPU would get me the most value?

Computer: Giga-Byte P35-DS3L Rev.02
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Wolfdale-H, C0)
3000 MHz (9.00x333.3) @ 2000 MHz (6.00x333.3)
Motherboard: Giga-Byte P35-DS3L Rev.02
Chipset: Intel P35 (Bearlake-P) + ICH9
Memory: 4096 MBytes @ 400 MHz, 5.0-5-5-15
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX
nVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/GTX+ (G92-420), 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
Drive: ST3320613AS, 312.6 GB, Serial ATA 3Gb/s
Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203B, DVD+R DL
Drive: MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM
Sound: Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio [A2]
Network: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Build 6002


Chuck
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  1. i would slap on a good cpu cooler get a better board and crank that e8400 to 4ghz and hold out a month and upgrade grapics.power supply(maybe) and hold on till xmas and move to a new socket
  2. Yeah OC CPU and GPU Upgrade.

    That CPU can handle much better GPUs
  3. The G'byte P35 motherboards are good to past 400 MHz. Keep the motherboard. Put the money you save toward a better video card.
  4. I kind of felt a CPU upgrade might not make so much sense which is why I asked the question here. Now, what direction to go on graphics card? Again, I don't have to have the very best but do appreciate value. What's the best "bang for buck" video card out there currently? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Chuck
  5. I have a 500W power supply that came in this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156098

    Power Supply:
    (2) 12v Rails, each with (2) molex and 1 Floppy (4 molex, 2 floppy total)
    (2) Sata power connectors, on one rail.
    20+4 pin main power connector
    ONE(1) 4pin MB connector
    ONE(1) 6pin PCI connector

    My monitor is a 22" Samsung like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001268

    Chuck
  6. For a monitor with 1680X1050 native resolution 9800GTX is still plenty.

    So I'd suggest you to stick to your current PC for a while.

    :)
  7. Thanks for the advise. It is as I thought and why I posted the question here. I suppose I'll chug along with this system for a while longer.

    Chuck
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