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November 2, 2010 3:36:40 PM

Hey. I am thinking about upgrading my processor to enhance my gaming experience.
Currently I have a Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40Ghz 65nm 4MB and want to get a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 45nm 6MB or maybe a i5 processor if it fits my motherboard.


My questions are:
1.Will my computer/motherboard handle it?
2.Will I need to get any extra cooling system?
3.Could i expect to see some massive changes in-game?
4.Are there any i5 processors that fits my motherboard?
5.should i maybe even consider getting a new motherboard?
6.Overclocking?


My computer specs:

Motherboard: MSI P6N SLi Plantium
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40Ghz 65nm 4MB
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 2xCorsair 1GB DDR2 667MHz + Corsair 2GB DDR2 667MHz
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grapich Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
-http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9400gt_us....

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November 2, 2010 3:57:33 PM

you should be able to put in a core2duo or core2quad to place your core2duo.

C2D and C2Q use socket 775. the i3/i5 and some i7 use socket 1156, and the other i7s use socket 1366.

going witha C2D now is really not recommended as an upgrade, as its not going to be that significant. You might consider a Core2quad, but they are getting expensive as they get rarer.

I'd look at getting a new system instead.
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November 2, 2010 4:53:00 PM

Yes, I think I'm going to try to make my current system work for as long as possible..
I guess I'll just get a Core2Duo or Quad Core..

But if I would get the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 45nm 6MB should I see some big changes?

And overclocking, would that be enough(to see some performance increase)? Would I need to get an extra cooler for my CPU if I would overclock it?
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November 2, 2010 4:59:02 PM

you should see some improvement because the 8400 is a faster chip, but it won't be huge.

I'd say if you plan to stick with the current motherboard, check the core2Quads at Superbiiz, who have them in stock.

this would see you through for a year or so:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=Q9550BOX&title...
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November 2, 2010 9:51:53 PM

Ok. Though my mind has changed a bit and I think I will be trying to overclock my CPU and perhaps buy a cooling system just to spend as little money on this as I can. Because I will be getting my self a new system quickly..

Thanks for the tips ;) 
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November 2, 2010 10:20:10 PM

TheFamous said:
Hey. I am thinking about upgrading my processor to enhance my gaming experience.
Currently I have a Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40Ghz 65nm 4MB and want to get a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 45nm 6MB or maybe a i5 processor if it fits my motherboard.


My questions are:
1.Will my computer/motherboard handle it?
2.Will I need to get any extra cooling system?
3.Could i expect to see some massive changes in-game?
4.Are there any i5 processors that fits my motherboard?
5.should i maybe even consider getting a new motherboard?
6.Overclocking?


My computer specs:

Motherboard: MSI P6N SLi Plantium
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40Ghz 65nm 4MB
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 2xCorsair 1GB DDR2 667MHz + Corsair 2GB DDR2 667MHz
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grapich Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
-http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9400gt_us....


1) Yes, possibly with a bios update. Here is a link to possible cpu upgrades:
http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=prodcpusupport&maincat...

2) No extra cooling is necessary.

3) I would expect to see no massive game improvements. Gaming is usually limited by the graphics card. A 9400 GT is not that strong of a card. Conduct these two tests to get some insight on what to expect:

a) Run your games, but reduce the resolution and eye candy to a minimum. This will simulate what will happen if you upgrade to a stronger graphics card. If your FPS improves, it indicates that your cpu is capable of driving a stronger graphics card to higher levels of FPS.

b) Keeping your graphics resolution and settings the same, reduce your cpu power. Do this by removing the overclock, or by using windows power management to set a maximum cpu% of perhaps 70%. If your FPS drops significantly, it indicates that your current cpu is a limiting factor, and that a faster cpu would help.

4) No i3/5/7 processors are compatible with your motherboard.

5) I suggest you consider upgrading your graphics card first. Jump to something like a GTS250 or better.

6) A mild overclock is possible, but don't expect much.

If you still think you need more CPU power, look on ebay for a higher clocked duo like the E8400. They go for $120 there.
I suspect though, that that $120 would be better spent on a graphics card upgrade.
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November 9, 2010 8:12:21 PM

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