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Can anyone tell me if a processor can still perform the same after few years of intensive gaming ? The processor in question is a E5200 @2,5 Ghz, the system had a 1 GB 9500 GT video card, I dunno the rest of the specs.

I want to buy the afore mentioned second hand processor and I want to know if it is worth 30 dollars.
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  1. CPU's - especially Intel ones are designed for long life spans, thats not to say the previous owner hasnt damaged it with aggressive overclocking - but the chances are very very small.
  2. Should be.
  3. Really to see any processor degradation the processor would have to have been overclocked for years with poor cooling. In most cases Intel® processors are going to be outlast everything else in the computer.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
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