Upgrading motherboard help

Alright so i have an Alienware case with a EVGA nForce 680i SLI motherboard with a Quad Q6700 2.66GHz the motherboard is old as well as the cpu, i wanted to ask what can i do to upgrade the cpu to a stronger one do i need to change the motherboard as well? with the cpu and memory? and i dont wanna overclock the current system just wanna upgrade thanks
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  1. nice im going to look for faster cpus with 775 socket, any recommendations? last thing this is probably a n00b question but since my mobo is from 07 a lil old it wouldn't matter? im trying to make it faster for gaming
  2. i see ill look into that, should i upgrade my memory as well? i only have 4gb the reason i wanna upgrade is because im not getting 60 fps with dead rising 2 and its pissing me off i have 2 gtx 460 SLI 4 gb of ram shouldn't that be enough to run everything on high? am i bottle necking the pc?
  3. yeah i try that with a very good guide on the exact mobo with cpu i have and is not stable its always crashing i updated the mobo software as well but still, im going to buy this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130 good deal? and is this a simple swap remove the old cpu put in the new type type of deal?
  4. awesome ill go ahead and buy that, i appreciate your help
  5. Best answer selected by sniper2606.
  6. done ur the man
  7. Might be too late, but don't get thatQ 9550. The money you spend on a $200+ plus Q9550 will be much better if you just get a i5-760 + board, performance is quite a bit better and its just a newer more efficient architecture.

    Heck, you'd rather wait for SB.
  8. Not quite, using the anadtech bench, the Q9550 is a consistent 15% worse than the 760.

    For only $50 more than the Q9550, he could get a 760 + P7P55D. Which can be easily made up as his Mobo sells for $50+ on ebay.

    Though I would strongly recommend hi to just to OC that Q6700.
  9. Then again, the 760 performs better than the 920 in games: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=47

    Also the Q9650 is $330, even more absurd for a soon-to-be 2 generations behind C2Q.

    Additionally, heres the numbers with a 965BE and a Q9650. the $150 965 beats the $320 Q9650 in 2 out of 4 games, mind-baffling isnt it. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/49?vs=102
  10. still i just wanted to swap cpus i wasnt going to replace the mobo and cpu, plus i found a good deal on the Q9650 for $250 brand new with no fan or heat sink, and im not worried about the gaming i can always overclock this easily up to 4.0 i been reading on the web
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