Core 2 Duo E6600 to Core Q9650 OR ATI HD 4850 to ATI HD 6870

So I'm considering upgrading my computer in order to be able to handle most games at 1920x1200.

I have the choice of either upgrade from a Core 2 Duo E6600 to a Core Q9650.


Upgrade an ATI HD 4850 to an ATI HD 6870.

I'll mostly be using this PC to play DA2 and running some PSPICE (an electrical engineering program) but mostly for DA2.

I don't really have the cash/patience to build a new PC at the moment.

Regardless of which I pick I'll still end up buying 4 GB of RAM.

Here are my current specs:

Mobo: GA-P35-DS3L
CPU: Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.4 GHz
RAM: 2 GB of 1066
GPU: HD 4850

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  1. How much money are you spending ?
  2. No more than the cost of the Q9650 which is about $340 plus the cost of the RAM (whatever that is). I know it would probably be cheaper/better to get an i5 system but since school just started I'd rather not deal with the hassle.
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    DA2 is Dragon Age 2 I assume?

    Assuming we are talking about a game here, I'm going to say get the video card. It will handle the higher res better, and you can always OC your 6600. 3.0-3.2GHz should be easily attainable. That should provide a similar performance to the 8400 which is still quite the chip. (for games that is.)
  4. ^ yes exactly ^ although your cpu will bottleneck the 6870 it will only be noticeable in lower resolution's i.e. 1024x768.
  5. I agree with getting a new card. The price of the 775 processors are nuts and the system is getting older and more obsolete as time passes. The new card you can bring to your new system. Something for you to think about.
  6. BinaryCode said:
    ^ yes exactly ^ although your cpu will bottleneck the 6870 it will only be noticeable in lower resolution's i.e. 1024x768.

    So as long as I'm running at 1900x1200 my 6600 won't noticeably bottleneck the 6870?
  7. Correct. At that res the bottleneck is almost entirely on the GPU. It just needs a CPU fast enough to feed it data which is why I suggested OCing the E6600 to 3GHz or so. At that speed it should be fine.
  8. Dude I love my quad core, but in this case get the card.
  9. I love my old 775 quad, but the E's still hold their own if they're clocked up nicely. Please don't spend that kind of cash on an EOL chip, you can get an i7 2500K for less than that at Microcenter. I second the GPU jump, if only for it's carry over to a new system.
  10. Best answer selected by 6kaine9.
  11. Just wanted to update...

    I overclocked my CPU to 3.0 GHz, was remarkably easy thanks to a tomshardware article on my specific mobo.

    I've ordered some Kingston HyperX 2x2GB CS4 RAM and will probably buy another GPU in a month or two.

    Thanks alot for the help.
  12. Good luck. OC'd CPU and new GPU should help you a lot.
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