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September 26, 2011 6:15:53 AM

I wanted to upgrade my current Cpu to a Q8400 2.66 quad, i play a lot of games like the witcher2, shogun total war, and etc. I also want to be able to play the new games that are coming out like battlefield 3.

Current computer specs:

E8500 3.16
GTX 560 ti
4gb
2tb hdd

My question is, will upgrading to the Q8400 quad make a difference in the games? and is it worth it

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September 26, 2011 6:28:05 AM

to the newer games written for quad core CPU's yes
for your older games no.

if u can get it for the right price it may be worth it.
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September 26, 2011 6:29:06 AM

its about 200 bucks on newegg
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September 26, 2011 6:35:29 AM

Well, the question is, do you want to spend $180 or so on a processor that is a generation behind? Since you seem to have other components that seem adequate, maybe upgrading your motherboard to an AM3+ (current AMD generation) or Socket 1155 (Intel) would be a better option, for a little more money?

For example:
Intel i3 2100 - $115 (on sale from $125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are a few options out there. AMD might be a good way to go, too!
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September 26, 2011 8:02:50 AM

^ Agreed, I would not spend money on a faster S775 CPU right now. I suggest you save up for a new CPU+Mobo+RAM combo on a new platform.
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September 26, 2011 9:01:31 AM

775 is dead, unless you can get it cheap on ebay , switch to AM3+ or 1155.
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September 26, 2011 5:43:53 PM

yea thats true, now would all Atx motherboards fit in my case, right now i have a Dell XPS 630
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