Looking to upgrade my CPU

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=N82E16819115004&cm_re=e6400-_-19-115-004-_-Product

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


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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  1. 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=N82E16813130240

    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=N82E16813157203

    CrossFireX is available on that board, but won't work well... but you don't mind so yeah.
  2. u don't need to buy new motherboard, ur mobo supports all Quad 9xxx series and extreme series too..

    http://gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2456


    upgrading to a Quad will give a big performance gain and some future proofing also....
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. with a BIOS upgrade it should work fine, as per gigabyte..
  7. Alright, thank you for your help.
  8. you r welcome
  9. mazal-tov:)
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