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Looking to upgrade my CPU

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July 25, 2010 6:23:09 AM

I built my computer 3 years ago and my current CPU/Motherboard is:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3
http://gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2456...


The motherboard says it Supports Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core. I'm assuming that doesn't include the Core 2 Quad 9xxx series. Which means the highest I could upgrade without buying a new motherboard and without spending too much money is what, the Core 2 Duo E8500? Would I be better off buying a new motherboard/CPU such as the i5 750 (Off topic but what motherboards would you recommend? I never plan on using xfire and SATA3/USB3 aren't necessary) What kind of performance increase would I see as far as video games go? Is the extra $250 worth it (DDR3 and Mobo) assuming I can spend the money but I don't necessarily want to.

Also, I'm currently using a 9800GT and I'm about to upgrade to an ATI 5850.

Thank you.

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July 25, 2010 6:49:52 AM

If you live near a Micro Center they sell Core 2 Quad Q9550s for $169.99 I believe (if they still stock it) pickup only, which would make a good upgrade. Otherwise I suppose there's not much point pumping too much $ into a dead platform, and you'd be better off with a Core i5 750 system, unless you don't mind waiting for SB.

Seeing as SATA and or USB 3.0 & CrossFireX/SLi aren't necessary, a good board would be the MSI P55-CD53 for $109.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

USB 3.0 is quite handy in the future, and this is a cheap board that comes with it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CrossFireX is available on that board, but won't work well... but you don't mind so yeah.
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July 25, 2010 6:54:14 AM

Thank you for the link, rohn_avni. How does the Q9550 stand up against the i5? Clearly it won't be as good but @ $200 vs $400, is the performance double?
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July 25, 2010 6:56:54 AM

not as twice as good but ya i5 will outperform Q9xxx Quad with turbo boost and hyper threading ( selected i5 models only )
if u want to save money right now just buy a Q9xxx series Quad because an i series upgrade is costly.
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July 25, 2010 7:04:39 AM

Thank you.

Also, in the link that rohn_avni posted, what does "F14(Non official support)" mean exactly? All I could find is that Intel gives no official guarantee that it will work.
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July 25, 2010 7:05:54 AM

with a BIOS upgrade it should work fine, as per gigabyte..
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July 25, 2010 7:07:49 AM

Alright, thank you for your help.
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July 25, 2010 7:08:27 AM

you r welcome
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July 25, 2010 12:45:48 PM

mazal-tov:) 
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