I live in Australia an I am currently running the following
Core2 E6600 OC @ 2.85GHz (can go to 3Ghz At least, but it hot here and to be safe)
ASUS P5N32E SLI Plus
kingston DDR2 1066 RAM 4x1G CL5 KHX8500D2K4/4G @ 5-5-5-15 950MHz (Note due to MB dont think I can run much higher only got it as it was dirt cheap)
The Problem is the 8800 GTX might be on the way out (which I will be looking into)
Now I am thinking that if the card is failing I will not only replace it I might also
upgrade the CPU as well.
Firstly my current MB is unable to support the newer Quad cores due to a massive Clock up
by Nvidia and incompatibilities between the chipset and the architecture difference in the
newer Intel Core 2 Quads, so the upper limit is the E8600 for this MB. But would it be more
cost effective to get a e8400 over the 85 or 86?
And Secondly what card would be the most suitable for the E8400 on a system such as this that
would hopefully be a significant enough improvement over the 8800 GTX.
And yes this is primarily a Gaming rig
Feel Free to comment on the Current setup as is (except for the RAM) 2+ years old now and am interested in what
people think of my choices back then. Especially with using the OCed E6600 with 8800GTX.
I'm not sure if I'd be happy going to another dual, but it looks like it's your only choice.
Doing some googling, it looks like your board does support quads, but I'm sure you have done more research than I have.
I had an ASUS P5N32 SLI SE Deluxe, which ran on nForce4, which does not support quads or 45nm chips, I sold it and bought a used board for the same price. I basically sacrificed my SLI support for a 1600mhz FSB and quad support.
It is more effective to grab an E8400 and clock it up to ~4 than buying an 85 or 86.
Firstly my current MB is unable to support the newer Quad cores due to a massive Clock up by Nvidia ...
This one wasn't solely nVidia's fault. They did what everyone else did. They tested their 680i chipset with preproduction Yorkfields and the chipset passed. So they announced compatibilty.
In the mean time, Intel wanted access to their SLI technolgy and nVidia refused. Intel retaliated by making production Yorkies just incompatible enough to the 680i that a BIOS update couldn't fix the problem. The 780i chipset is just a 680i with this problem fixed.