CPU choice for improvements in demanding games

Hey guys!

I'm not very educated in the matter of computers past the part of how to put in new hardware. So I'm asking for your help to decide wether or not a new CPU is good for me. Lately I've felt that my system haven't been able to keep up with the new demands that the games put on it.

My system as of now:

Processor: Intel Pentium E2180 at 2.00GHz
Graphics: GeForce GTX 460
Motherboard: Gigabyte 945GZM-S2
RAM: 2x 2Gb DDR2
As for my harddrive, I'm not quite sure how to get the information about this, but seeing the machine is 4 years old it's probably not anything impressive.

If any information that you need is excluded please let me know!

Okay, so the graphics card I've bought myself not too long ago so i don't feel like thats the problem. Same goes with the RAM. For my uneducated eyes a new CPU would be the best choice for me but I'm not sure what to look for. I'm looking for something within the price range of around 100-250 bucks.

I really hope you can help and thanks in advance!

Jesper
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  1. Without question upgrading to a better processor like the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K would give you better performance. At this point I would say that you are likely hurting your graphics performance with an old dual core processor. Here is some nice benchmarks between these two processors http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=68

    If you do change to a new 2nd generation Intel Core processor you are going to need a new motherboard and new memory to go with it but that should give some solid improvements.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  2. http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2603 (rev. 6.6).

    If you could find a Core 2 Duo E6700, then you should see some performance improvement. The next upgrade is the very expensive Core 2 Extreme X6800.

    If your motherboard is rev. 3.x or rev. 2.1, then your upgrade options are even more limited because the above CPUs will run at FSB 800 instead of 1066.
  3. sosofm said:



    Thanks for the reply!
  4. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Without question upgrading to a better processor like the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K would give you better performance. At this point I would say that you are likely hurting your graphics performance with an old dual core processor. Here is some nice benchmarks between these two processors http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=68

    If you do change to a new 2nd generation Intel Core processor you are going to need a new motherboard and new memory to go with it but that should give some solid improvements.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team



    Okay so looking at the benchmarks the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K looks very promising, but are you saying it won't go together with my current motherboard?
  5. sosofm said:

    The E7500 isn't supported.
  6. Would the Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 be a wise choice if i want to refrain from getting a new motherboard?
  7. roflcoopter said:
    Would the Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 be a wise choice if i want to refrain from getting a new motherboard?
    Have you checked the CPU list at the link that I provided? Any processor where the column "Since BIOS Version" contains N/A is not supported. It says at top of the page "N/A = Not support". Select the appropriate link for your motherboard version:

    6.6 http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2603
    3.x http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2467
    2.1 http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2425
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