Quad or Core2Duo for upgrade (Gaming)

Hi guys

I need some quick help.

I have the following system:
CPU: LGA775 Core2Duo 2.2Ghz
MB: ASUS P5Q SE2
RAM: 6 gigs Kingston Hyper-X (3x2Gb) ddr2-1066 CL5 , 5-5-5-15 with heatsink
GFX: NVIDIA GTX275
PSU: Coolermaster RP/RS-550-PCAR eXtreme power plus 550w

As you can see I have a major bottleneck with my CPU.
I have some spare cash now but can't afford to upgrade past the LGA775 platform.
What CPU would be better for gaming specifically?
A high GHZ Core2Duo or a mid (like a 2.66GHZ) Core2Quad?

Please help!
Thanks guys
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  1. I'm not sure I would spend $100 to upgrade from a dual to a dual. More so if they both have a similar arch. I know you have an SE model, but can you OC your 2.2 to 3GHz or so? Perhaps you should spend $30 on a Hyper 212+ and OC your current CPU to 3GHz+.
  2. Quote:
    what's your native resolution?


    1920×1080
  3. 4745454b said:
    I'm not sure I would spend $100 to upgrade from a dual to a dual. More so if they both have a similar arch. I know you have an SE model, but can you OC your 2.2 to 3GHz or so? Perhaps you should spend $30 on a Hyper 212+ and OC your current CPU to 3GHz+.


    I've had some problems with overclocking this CPU in the past so I don't mind spending a bit for a new processor. But nothing above $200.
  4. I got quotes on two CPU's (i live in South-Africa so quite a bit more expensive than over there)

    Intel Core2 Duo E7600 or Intel Core2 Quad Q8400

    What do you guys think?
  5. Q8400
    more cores the better
  6. or I can get the E6800 like PsychoSaysDie mentioned.
    Thanks
  7. for now having a faster dual core will be better since it is primarily a gaming
    machine but in the long run a quad is better.
    From what I understand some games will take advantage of the extra two cores
    plus more will in the future and if you decide to use your computer for
    other things besides gaming than the two extra cores will definitley help
  8. There are games right now that like quads such as Metro and GTA4. As more console ports come over the need for quads will get higher. A dual will cut it for most games right now, but I could see him facing this problem again in 2 years or less. I would say get the quad and OC it, but his board seems to have issues with OCing. I'd probably try limping along with what he has and save up for a whole new system.
  9. thanks for the info guys
  10. looking at this link
    OCing the Asus
    http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/418647-asus-p5q-se2.html
    also this link to Google
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=asus+p5q+se2+overclocking&cp=14&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=0&aqi=&aql=&oq=asus+p5q+se2+o&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.&fp=ee7ae51cefa9981c
    It sure seems to me that the Asus OCs well
    I dont know why it didnt OC well
    I am not sure of your tech level
    but maybe some studying on OCing
    might help
    Plenty of members on Toms in the OC section
    that can guide you
    If you get the q8400 and get a decent OC out of it
    it will hold you over for awhile
    get the q8400 OC it then look to get a good deal on a GTX460
    would be a solid rig for awhile
  11. also i notice you have 3 x 2gb DDR2 ram
    which is ok normally
    but if your OCing it is better to have your
    rams in running in dual channel mode
    if you have 4 memory slots than
    try to pair them up
    just for a test
    run 2 x 2g and try an oc with current
    CPU
    should be able to bump a C2D 2.2 to 2.8 easily on air
    wouldnt even need to up vcore volts
    just upping the FSB should do it
    just a thought
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