I'm running a Intel® Pentium® Processor E5200
(2M Cache, 2.50 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) with 6 gb 800 mhz corsir ram
My question is I'm looking for a low budget CPU upgrade im wondering of im going to see a big difference between say my 2.5 ghz and a 2.9/3.0 and if so which one of these CPU's is the best value.
thel E8400 and E8600 of the links u gave r good, but not cheap... and if u r going to spend on a E8400 or E8600 then why don't u go for a Intel Core2Quad Q8400 or Q8300 instead!!! they r really close in price with each other..... plus they r Quad one's.....
My board wont let me over clock id have to flash a new bios
iv narrowed it down a bit im probably gonna get a new system in a few months but i want a cheap upgrade now rather then later soo im looking between these two.
If you're going to get a new system, it might be worthwhile to just start doing it in pieces now rather than wasting cash on a CPU now, then in a few months getting rid of it anyway.
Depends what kind of new system you're looking at, but an easy place to start would be to get a new motherboard now and a cheap cooler and OC your CPU, then down the road upgrade to a quad core. Even if it's not the newest (Core i3/i5/i7), the Core 2 Quads are still quite capable.
the cite for my MOB that i listed early doesnt list the Q8*** set so thats kinda rulled out I'm guessing so im gonna keep looking.
Like I said, if you get a new motherboard now and OC your current CPU, then in a few months buy a good Core 2 Quad and OC that you'll be pretty well off.
If, on the other hand, you want to go with an i Core or even AMD, then I guess just go with a faster duo core but really, I don't see much point in spending that money now rather then keeping it for the new PC you're planning.