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Extending the life of a LGA 775

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September 26, 2011 8:28:33 PM

Hello,

I have a: Win7/64; 6GB DDR3 mem; 790iFTW motherboard; E8500 @ 3.9mhz Intel CPU; 2x EVGA GTX 480 sli 800 core clock, 1600 shader, EVGA GTX 280 as phys only.

It runs ok - but I'm wondering if going to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 would be worthwhile. ($299 on NewEgg)

The thought here is the CPU is a bottleneck.

The strategy is to squeeze another 9 to 12 months out of the system until the next gen of Intel chips and MB's arrive and settle in(Ivy Bridge et al.)

Advice is greatly appreciated.

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September 26, 2011 8:31:50 PM

Additional note - the computer is only used for gaming - GRAW2; MoH; CoD; Badco
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September 26, 2011 8:48:04 PM

E8500 @ 3.9mhz is Great. Spend $300.00 for a quad you cant predict will oc as much? For gaming, a quad is good for a few games. Look at what you play and compare with the published benchmarks. I predict you'll spend $300.00 for little to no gain.
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September 26, 2011 9:11:47 PM

Heck, You could buy a Intel® Core™ i5-2500K and an OK board board for $320-$340. If the memory that you have is DDR 3 1066 or 1333 you wouldn't even need to replace that.

I guess what I am saying is don't waste that kind of money on a dead end upgrade when for close to the same you can upgraded into a new system that has a future.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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September 26, 2011 9:11:48 PM

thanks - i think you are right - most of these games are not coded to take advantage of multiple threads. I read about the new chipsets with 6 and 8 cores wondering about the actual value.
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September 26, 2011 9:16:06 PM

thanks IntelEnthusiast - do the extra cores in i5 / i7 help the game performance indirectly by taking the overhead (processes) from the OS? Otherwise, i'm assuming the game would have to be coded as a multi-threaded application to see the advantage - true?
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September 26, 2011 9:33:44 PM

Right now very few games can take advantage of more than 3 threads. Because of the value of the hyper-threading and extra cores of other processors is largely useless. So a game like World of Warcraft can take advantage of up to 3 threads and will give you an advantage up to that point. Just a quick look for information on the games that have listed doesnt show much multi-threaded support but newer games are coming out support it all the time. In the next couple years I would shocked if most major titles release didnt have some multi-threaded support.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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September 26, 2011 10:42:26 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Right now very few games can take advantage of more than 3 threads.


Yeah, I recall reading an Anandtech article about multi-core performance improvements... If I remember correctly for the few games that can use all 4 cores, the average perform increase from dual core to tri core was about 26%. The jump from tri core to quad core was on average 6%.
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September 26, 2011 11:08:52 PM

Hey Bad company and BF3 rely heavily on quad cores...

I agree with IntelEnthusiast, I'd get a cheap Z68 board with an I5-2500K for a little more money...
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September 27, 2011 2:23:43 AM

socket 775 = overclock or throw away and start new. A phenom II 955, motherboard and DDR3 ram can be had for less than $299, giving you a faster, newer, more upgradeable system.
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