CPU Upgrade - Q6600

So building probably building a new box. Current box is a Q6600, 6GB, Geforce 275...

Think i5-2500 + geforce 560 + 16 GB would be a big difference?

And I don't mean just in games... in fact, I don't really game much anymore. Mostly do audio production, application development/compiling, 3D rendering and photoshop with only some gaming.
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  1. if you do rendering and the like a i7 2600 might be worth the extra over the 2500, by the way are you planning to overclock
  2. Trying to go a little budget where I can, and throw in some SSDs with the extra cash. Not planning to overclock, really. I think my days of fine-tuned hardware tinkering are over.
  3. Basically thinking of spending $650, tops, for CPU-Mobo-RAM-GPU
  4. the configuration youve got is great then, and id reccomend the asus sabertooth motherboard, and a crucial m4 ssd in the capacity of your choosing
  5. Overall in the change from the Intel® Core™ 2 Quad to the 1st generation Intel Core processors at the same speed you could expect somewhere around a 15% to 20% performance increase at the same speed. Going from the 1st generation Intel Core processors to the 2nd generation Intel Core processor just yeild another 10% to 15% performance increase at the same speed. So you most likely would see a 25%+ increase in performance with not counting the increase in clock speed of going from the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to the Intel Core i5-2500 or even better the Intel Core i7-2600K. For rendering you should be able to see some big improvement in performance.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
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