I've been having trouble watching blu rays and hd movie rips on my computer. The overclock on my E5200 wasn't holding stable, but I seem to have it ok now at 3.12ghz. Would it be worth it to upgrade to a Q9300 for $99 and then upgrade my 2gb to 4gb DDR2 800 ram for another $50? Then I could also switch to a 64-bit windows which can only be a good thing.
I do play a lot of games but nothing recently... mostly because my computer kinda craps out on me even though I run games at lower resolution due to my monitor being a 17". In a perfect world I'd go with an i5 and new mobo but that would cost $400+ where this would only be $150. I looked at Anandtech performance charts and it is in upgrade but not a big one.
Also not sure how well a Q9300 can be overclocked.
So what do you guys think? Save the money and wait another year for i5/i7's to be cheaper or upgrade my old LGA775 while I can still find the components?
Have you considered an AMD build: for under $300 you could get an AM3 board, Phenom X4 CPU, and 4GB of DDR3 memory. This is what I have been considering since I also have an outdated E6750 CPU and 9600GT video card with DDR2 RAM.
If you're on a 32bit OS (not vista) then 2GB is "ok" for most games (however don't let me keep you from upgrading, lots of people say 4GB or nothin). I use 2GB on Win7 32bit and I can run my 4890 crossfire/CPU to 100% in gaming.
A Q9300 is a very decent CPU and should be a good gamer. As for overclocking, it should be pretty good, you'll stomp any Athlon IIs out there performance wise (and some stock Phenom IIs if OC it high enough (past 3.2ghz). If you can get it @ $99 then I'd go for the Q9300 + some overclocking.
Also, Q9300 is more than enough to back up a 9800GT, and even a GTX 260 quite easily. With some overclocking (3ghz+) you could even handle a GTX 470 if you wanted.
LGA 775 is plenty for gaming still. These new CPUs are overkill and games aren't even developing fast enough to keep up with GPUs. (f*cking consoles slowing us down)