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775 CPU upgrade question

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February 19, 2011 4:42:47 PM

Hello,

I am using

- GA P35 DS3R rev 02 mainboard
- C2D E6300 @ 1.86 GHz
- 2GB PC2-6400 4-4-4-15
- GF 460 GTX, 1.76 GB

Right now, I'm not yet ready for a system upgrade (i.e., new CPU family) as I don't need it. The PC is performing fine in most games (and all other apps I use). RAM is sufficient as well.

I with to give it some boost for the occasional game that sticks at 100% CPU though. Which CPU would you suggest for a nice quick upgrade?

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p... are the supported CPUs.

I'd like to stick with a 65W TDP CPU for purely economic reasons (the system is watercooled though, so if there is another very sweet CPU which runs hotter, then so be it).

From the list I see the following candidates:

- Core™ 2 Quad Q9550s, 2.83 GHz, 12 MB cache (€ 334,- plus new RAM)
- Core™ 2 Quad Q9505s, 2.83 GHz, 6 MB cache (couldn't find it in online stores around here)
- Core™ 2 Quad Q9400s, 2.66 GHz (same)

As I don't think any game really benefits from a quad core, I'm also looking at the top dual core (this would also benefit from a RAM replacement, which I don't really want to do):

- Core™ 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz 6MB Wolfdale 45nm E0 65W 1333 F13 (€ 269,- plus new RAM)

And maybe for price reasons a second tier dual core (note, I use PC2-6400 RAM now):

- Core™ 2 Duo E7600 3.06GHz 3MB Wolfdale 45nm R0 65W 1066 F13 (€ 117,90)

So. It looks like the E7600 would be the best upgrade I can get if I *only* replace the CPU (not RAM as well). Is that what you're thinking as well?


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a c 137 à CPUs
February 19, 2011 5:28:14 PM

The E7600 would be a good ungrade without too much outlay, anything more and your better off flogging the cpu+mbd+ram and upgrading to an i series.

Have seen many 4Ghz+ oc's without busting the voltage limits, especially with water cooling.
a c 133 à CPUs
February 19, 2011 7:28:03 PM

Agree. Past $100, core 2 processors are not worth their price. If you are looking at even $200 to spend (1 euro=~$1.4), you might as well just upgrade your entire system.
As das_stig suggested, the E7600 is alright for the price and will be a very significant CPU upgrade from your current CPU.

I'm not sure about where you are but where I am I can find slightly lower clocked core 2 duos for quite a bit lower, like I believe the 2.83GHz model.
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February 19, 2011 7:55:34 PM

I am in Germany and have now ordered the E7600.

I'm hesitating to do a complete upgrade since I use watercooling, which means significant follow-up costs for new cooling blocks (like for the Northbridge, which are usually not compatible between boards) and of course too much effort for lazy me. ;-)

Thanks for the information!
a c 93 à CPUs
February 19, 2011 9:11:36 PM

Good luck with the next dual core. mind you that should go to 4.0 no issues with water.
a c 137 à CPUs
February 20, 2011 1:21:51 AM

First let me say that the 7600 will be a fine upgrade. 1.86 dual core just isn't enough for some games as you well know.

But I wouldn't have bought that chip. It would have made a lot more sense seeing as you have water cooling to simply OC your 6300 to 3GHz or higher. The architecture between the two is nearly identical, and your cooling should allow you to hit the same higher frequencies with ease. It would cost you nothing, and if it blows up sooner you need to replace at some point anyways so there is little risk on your end.
February 21, 2011 9:49:00 AM

E7600 is ok....is a better processor than what you had for sure. However I think something from the E800 series would be better only because you'd notice a good deal of performance from the increase cache, however the E7600 would overclcok better because its fsb is 1066 compared to 1333.
If you ever need to upgrade and not sure what cpu to get, you can always compare real world performance here:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2

just chose 2 processors that you want, then click view comparision.

a c 93 à CPUs
February 26, 2011 2:36:39 AM

Quote:
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slow down...
E8xxx costs to much and is not worth it.
better to go AM3 combo than spending much money on LGA775..



AM3 Combo ? That is a bigger waste of money as it performs worse than c2d although I agree a dual core is not really an upgrade that is worthwhile.
mind you the 7600 will be a good deal better than the current proc
a b à CPUs
February 26, 2011 2:41:18 AM

4745454b said:
First let me say that the 7600 will be a fine upgrade. 1.86 dual core just isn't enough for some games as you well know.

But I wouldn't have bought that chip. It would have made a lot more sense seeing as you have water cooling to simply OC your 6300 to 3GHz or higher. The architecture between the two is nearly identical, and your cooling should allow you to hit the same higher frequencies with ease. It would cost you nothing, and if it blows up sooner you need to replace at some point anyways so there is little risk on your end.


^+1 already had water cooling and if done right could easily go over 3 ghz
Saved the money and done Bulldozer/Sandybridge build later