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August 25, 2010 12:48:46 AM

I have a E6600 CPU 2.4GHz no oc on it. However I do have 6 gigs of DDR2, GTX 280. The system works fine most of the time, but I started playing Starcraft 2 and it needs a better CPU. SC2 only uses two cores, but I couldn't mind going to Quad core as long as I see an improvement to SC2. What are the best upgrade paths that I can go for? I know my motherboard won't even support the second edition of Core2Duo and Core2Quads. I don't want to upgrade my mb and memory any suggestions?

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August 25, 2010 12:54:53 AM

You need to list your motherboard model number. You may be able to overclock your cpu modestly or use an older quad core, such as the q6600.
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August 25, 2010 1:00:03 AM

775 Powerup Edition MSI is my mb. Q6600 is a good quad core, but being that its the same frequency it will not improve SC2...
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August 25, 2010 5:19:38 AM

How much do you want to spend. With your graphics card your are CPU bound. The E6600 is it the older one or the new one with VT, I am asking becuase the new E6600 runs at 3.06, I have a 6500 on my older board, with a AMD 4850. Runs okay, but could be faster for new games, but on my core I7 no problems, I have a nvidia 260 and I tax my cpu the most. So, you could pick up speed with a newer E6600 or E6500 as they clock at around 3 ghz and have 2 meg cache. If you want a quad core you are going to have to pay. I would suggest a E8500, It runs at 3 ghz, OC's to 4, and has 6 megs of cache, and is faster then most quads, and the quads will run you over 200. So go with a E8400 or E8500 for best performance for your video card, or get a new MB and and get you a core i5, but you need new mem as your most likely using DDR2 not 3. You might try more or faster memory. I have crucial balstix running at 4-4-4-12. Remeber your mem runs at the slowest speeds, so if you have CL 5 mem and CL4 all you mem will run at CL5 as that is the slowest. Good luck. I know nobody wants to spend alot of money to play games but a E6500 will run at 2.93 ghz and is 79 from newegg and might be a good start, but if you have the bucks at quad or E8500 or Q8400 quad might be okay if they are still selling they are selling q8300's not sure about the 84's. Its only money!
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August 25, 2010 8:43:17 AM

As an owner of a MSI 975X Platinum Power Up motherboard (currently in my HTPC), I must inform you that you have very limited options. Supports ends with the 2nd generation of C2D E6xxx and C2Q Q6xxx CPUs.

The E6500 CPU is based on 3rd (or later) generation of the Conroe architecture and is not supported by the motherboard. Additionally, that means the E8xxx and Q8xxx series are not supported as well. See list of supported CPUs:

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=prodcpu2&prod_no=267&...

You can go as high as the E6700 or the QX6800. Neither one is a viable option. The E6700 is at best an incremental and not really worth the approximate $200 for the CPU. The QX6800 retails for $500 since it is out of production.

Your best bet is to upgrade your mobo and CPU. Your cheaper bet is to overclock the CPU.


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August 25, 2010 6:50:04 PM

The E6600 was a good overclocker. I had one that I ran daily at 3.4 ( with aftermarket cooling ) on a Gigabyte P965 DS3 board. I sold them to a friend when I got my newer P45/E8400 and he still runs it at 3.4. The chip would actually run at 3.6 if I remember right.
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August 25, 2010 6:52:08 PM

homiezheadsup said:
I have a E6600 CPU 2.4GHz no oc on it. However I do have 6 gigs of DDR2, GTX 280. The system works fine most of the time, but I started playing Starcraft 2 and it needs a better CPU. SC2 only uses two cores, but I couldn't mind going to Quad core as long as I see an improvement to SC2. What are the best upgrade paths that I can go for? I know my motherboard won't even support the second edition of Core2Duo and Core2Quads. I don't want to upgrade my mb and memory any suggestions?


If SC2 only uses two cores, you will not see any improvement with a quad.

You can try to OC your E6600 which is the cheapest(and only) option without changing out the motherboard..


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August 25, 2010 7:24:35 PM

thanks for the response guys. you guys have confirmed my doubts on viable options to upgrade w/o a mb/ram swap out.
What do you guys think? I don't mind a new cpu/mobo but i hate the fact that I have to retire my ram. Would an upgrade to a new mobo which supports the newer Quad Cores and higher end Duo Cores be better than going with DD3 + i5/i7 cpu + mobo?
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August 25, 2010 7:25:47 PM

Also my ram is on 4-4-4-12 timing. that's working fine. for the overclockers, which cooler is best? H70? or Air cooling? Also will overclocking tamper with more than just cpu temps? ram? chipset?
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August 25, 2010 8:18:01 PM

I would try selling your old ram before you even order a new board and make a decision. You may get lucky and get enough to make up the difference for new ram. The i3/i5 systems are nice, but a bit pricey. My i3 530 was $115 with board at frys, but they don't even offer free boards anymore. I recommend an h55 chipset board with the i5 750, which requires a separate video card. Frys.com had an msi h55 board for $45 after rebate, but now it's in stores only. Overclocking depends on your board and ram. Mine overclocks fine, but after losing 2 ssd's, I can live without it.
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