hi,i am putting together a new build to replace my 3.5 yr old pc.i currently have an e6300 1.86 c2d,intel dg965wh mobo,4 gb ram,250 gb sata hdd hitachi,ecs geforce 8800gts 320 mb video card,rosewill media card reader,rosewill 600 watt psu and coolermaster storm scout case,and lg dvd/rw drive.im looking to replace the cpu mainly to get better performance for my programs.i thought about a q6600 or q6700 but both are quite expensive used on ebay.i mainly use the pc for web surfing,heavy video encoding and dvd burning,and light gaming.the pc i have now is fine except for gaming where its really bad with spiderman web of shadows and batman arkhyam sylum.i would also want a little faster performance with the video encoding as well.any ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated
do you have a budget? a faster dual core would obviously be an improvement to both gaming and video encoding, not as well as the q6600. I would not spend a lot of money on it but something like the e5400, assuming your mobo supports it.
i have no current budget just what would be best for me.my current mobo will only support up to q6700.i have windows xp 32 bit installed on it.as far as o/s is concerned it can only take up to vista 64 bit.my motherboard cannot overclock at all nor do i like to overclock anyway.if i had to i would be willing to rebuild from scratch.just need a point in the right direction
actually if he video encodes i would go with an athlon II x4 635. The two extra physical cores will help more with encoding then the virtual ones. It's also a cheaper CPU and AM3 boards tend to be cheaper then Intel DDR3 boards.
well i would say look into a GPU upgrade when you have funds so you can run games at your full resolution.
The intel i3 is the better gaming cpu, the athlon II x4 the better video encoder but both work well in each field. Whichever is more important to your needs, go with that CPU.