Thinking of buying a new CPU, but my motherboard gives me hard time

So, on the verge of Skyrim being released and me wanting to max it out my current rig is:
Gtx460 1gb version
4gb ram
Dual Core e6600, 2.4ghz
Win 7
Asus p5n-e sli

I have been able to max out for example Crysis 2, Rage, Witcher 2 on 1920x1080 res.. I`ve heard tough that in order to play Skyrim on ultra settings I need a better CPU. But to be honest I don`t have much to spend so I`d propably have to get something from this list: http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/P5N-E_SLI.html to go with my old motherboard.. assuming I can find something good.
Any suggestions, is there any really good cpus on the list above? Or is there even any point for me to buy an older than-i series cpu? Is there any really cheap but reliable motherboards that could support new CPUs?
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  1. Hardly worth it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116371 for a the speed bump but you could always overclock your current one for similar performance increase.
  2. That pretty much what I was going to suggest, any of the inexpensive Wolfdales:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%2050001157%20600005851%204027&IsNodeId=1&name=%2475%20-%20%24100

    Around 3.6 GHz is the limit with an overclocked E6600 Conroe. You should be able to push the E6000 series Wolfdales past 4 GHz. If you are going to overclock, I recommend the E6600. If you are not, go with the E6800.

    Only you can decide if that is worth the expense.
  3. I`ve never tried overclocking anything, and I tried accessing my BIOS 5 minutes ago and all the adjustable options needed to oc were on grey and so forth I was unable to do anything.. if I can (safely?) overclock my current e6600 to gain increase in performance then it might be the smartest thing to do altough as I said, I`m a total newbie to overclocking.
  4. For a good overclock you will need a after market cooler, example http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    Grayed out settings are because every thing is on Auto. There is plenty of guides around the web for it http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259899-29-core-overclocking-guide
  5. Hmm ok thanks for the help, I`m going to dig into overclocking now before making any rushed purchases.. :)
  6. go quad, it'll last you longer.
  7. But 13thmonkey, if I would invest into a quad core I would naturally want an i-series CPU and then I`d have to buy a whole new motherboard too, there are some core 2 quads my motherboard supports but cheapest ones that I can buy from channels I know start from 140 euros (and with that money I could get an i-seris CPU) :s Tried ordering stuff from newegg 4 years ago but they refused to deliver into Finland, dunno why.
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