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CPU Upgrade From Core 2 Duo

So My Current Rig is:
CPU: Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 3.0 Ghz(OC)
Mobo: Asrock G31M-S R2.0
Ram; 2 GB DDR2-6400
GPU: Asus 6750 1 Gb DDR5

I Bought My GPU And Mobo Fairly recently. So My New mobo supports upto a 1600 mhz processor, and so i was thinking of upgrading to a Core 2 Quad Q8400, Which Are Cheap Enough Here. 9000 Rs = 180 $!

So would that give me a good performance gain? Or are there any other Processors From which i could benifit More! i Use the PC Mainly For Games And Movies And Some Word Processiong,Presentations Etc!

I Really Dnt want a new CPU + Mobo combo, because its been just 1 week since i bought this new Mobo and cant spent money on another one!
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  1. Stick with what you have.

    There are few games that will use more than two cores, so a quad clocked lower(q8400=2.66) will probably not benefit you much.


    Save your money, and save up for a sandy bridge based cpu.
    Your E4500 has a passmark performance number of 1274; more since your OC.
    The cheapest $80 G620 dual core is 2458.
  2. A Q8400 will be a decent upgrade from your existing processor. You would though require atleast another 2 gigs of memory for smoother gameplay.
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    geofelt said:
    Stick with what you have.

    There are few games that will use more than two cores, so a quad clocked lower(q8400=2.66) will probably not benefit you much.


    Save your money, and save up for a sandy bridge based cpu.
    Your E4500 has a passmark performance number of 1274; more since your OC.
    The cheapest $80 G620 dual core is 2458.



    My OCd E4500 at 2.93/1066fsb gets about a 2050 on passmark
    which is just a little below an E8400 @2200
    equal to a C2D E8335
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

    so really in the C2D list you really cant get much better
    it would have to be a Core2Quad
    and they are not worth the money
    you can get a I3-2100 and mobo for almost the same as a higher end C2Q
    doesnt make sense

    save up for SandyBridge build like geofelt said
  4. if you bought it recently, take it back to shop

    you can pick up a core i3 2100 8gb ram and a 1155 motherboard for £210

    (you can later upgrade to core i7 2600, the best gaming cpu)
  5. ^+1, its was silly to buy a 4 year old motherboard will poor upgrade choices.
  6. My Old Mobo Wasn't Working!
    So i needed a new one to make my current setup Run! I Guess am going to save up my money and upgrade to a sandybridge or the bulldozer series!
    Thanx for making me think the right way.. :-)

    Or Maybe i will get a Phenom II X4 after the bulldozer releases, I mean Phenom Prices would drop a lot then!
  7. djabhi003 said:
    My Old Mobo Wasn't Working!
    So i needed a new one to make my current setup Run! I Guess am going to save up my money and upgrade to a sandybridge or the bulldozer series!
    Thanx for making me think the right way.. :-)

    Or Maybe i will get a Phenom II X4 after the bulldozer releases, I mean Phenom Prices would drop a lot then!


    Don't count on price drops.
    If bulldozer is a price performer winnner, that is what you will want.
    If bulldozer is just a multi core optimized cpu as I expect, then you will want sandy bridge or ivy bridge for gaming.
  8. Well If Bulldozer is just a multi core optimized cpu, then the better choice would be the Phenom X4 according to me!
  9. djabhi003 said:
    Well If Bulldozer is just a multi core optimized cpu, then the better choice would be the Phenom X4 according to me!


    If your objective is gaming, then a sandy bridge of some sort is a better option.
    Read this article on sub $200 gaming cpu's:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859.html
  10. If you want to buy right now then Intel would be the best choice as we dont know weather or not bulldozer will be a flop and you will be taking your chances.
  11. Anyways, I decided to get The Core 2 Quad Q8400 For Now.. Will Overclock it to 3 or 3.2 If possible On A Coolermaster!
    That Should Keep My Rig At A Good Speed For 1 More Year Or Maybe Longer!
    By Then The Bulldozer will be out, the ivy bridge too... and there would be people who would have used them too...

    Right now i have the money for the Q8400 as i did some project work for a friends studio! An Inexpensive, Yet Good Upgrade should i say!

    When i will build a new Rig, i will anyhow have the money coz my parents would handle dat!(Am still at college so.. :D )! So saving the money isn't at all necessary!
  12. djabhi003 said:
    Anyways, I decided to get The Core 2 Quad Q8400 For Now.. Will Overclock it to 3 or 3.2 If possible On A Coolermaster!
    That Should Keep My Rig At A Good Speed For 1 More Year Or Maybe Longer!
    By Then The Bulldozer will be out, the ivy bridge too... and there would be people who would have used them too...

    Right now i have the money for the Q8400 as i did some project work for a friends studio! An Inexpensive, Yet Good Upgrade should i say!

    When i will build a new Rig, i will anyhow have the money coz my parents would handle dat!(Am still at college so.. :D )! So saving the money isn't at all necessary!

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    Take the time togive us some feedback on how well the Q8400 works out.
  13. Ok guys... sure,. u do have the tyme.. :)
    i will be getting it only aftr am 100% sure
  14. Best answer selected by djabhi003.
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