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Quad or Core2Duo for upgrade (Gaming)

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March 9, 2011 5:36:30 AM

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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March 9, 2011 5:55:20 AM

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+.
March 9, 2011 10:33:19 AM

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March 9, 2011 10:37:13 AM

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.
March 9, 2011 10:52:38 AM

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?
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March 9, 2011 11:08:28 AM

Q8400
more cores the better
March 9, 2011 11:09:26 AM

or I can get the E6800 like PsychoSaysDie mentioned.
Thanks
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March 9, 2011 11:26:04 AM

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
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March 9, 2011 12:12:30 PM

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.
March 9, 2011 12:13:45 PM

thanks for the info guys
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March 9, 2011 1:02:37 PM

looking at this link
OCing the Asus
http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/418647-asus...
also this link to Google
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=asus...
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
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March 9, 2011 1:12:13 PM

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
!