Ok, my current set up is an ATi Radeon 5770, 4 gb DDR2 ram, and Core 2 Duo e6700 @2.67 ghz. It's not a monster set up but it's gotten the job done up until recently. I'm noticing newer games are taking advantage of quad cores more and more, and I'm feeling like my processor isn't going to cut it anymore. I'm struggling with Call of Duty Black Ops right now, and of course I'm looking ahead to Crysis 2. Preferably, I'd love build a new PC, but college is holding my finances hostage. Instead I'd like to upgrade my CPU so I'll be able to survive with this set up for at least a few more years. I saw the Core 2 Quad q8400 @2.66. It was under $200 so this price definately caught my eye. Basically, what I want to know is if this processor will be able to handle games that will be coming out over the next few years. Is it going to make much of a difference compared to the CPU I have now? I'm not worried about my GPU right now because I could probably upgrade that in about a year or so anyways, and besides, the 5770 is running very nicely. Is the q8400 worth the upgrade, or should I go higher? Remember, whatever I get has to fit in the 775 socket, so the new core i5 and i7 are out of the question. Thanks for any help.
look at the post I made about the "how much does CPU matter in gaming"
get yourself a HD6950 or HD6970 instead of a new CPU
In toms guide to gaming cpus the E6800 got honorable mention and
the E6700 was a former favorite.
In gaming it is all about the Video Card