Will Upgrading Q8200 2.33Ghz to i3-2120 3.30Ghz Make a difference?

Hi, :hello:

I was thinking of upgrading my PC.


CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 @2.33Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR2 1333Mhz

GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 470

PSU: Corsair TX650

OS: Windows 8 Consumer Preview (64-bit)

Case: A nice Coolmaster Elite case which is quite roomy and has decent cooling.

Motherboard: Some sort of rubbish stock motherboard. Not to sure but this is what "Speccy" says:

Model Benicia (CPU 1)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model P35/G33/G31
Chipset Revision A2
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801IR (ICH9R)
Southbridge Revision 02
System Temperature 38 °C

Now i was thinking the best upgrades to my PC would be to improve the CPU, Motherboard and RAM to:

CPU: Intel i3-2120 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache

RAM Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3

Motherboard: Asrock H61M-VS Micro-ATX Motherboard

Now my question is will this make a significant improvement to performance in Games and Apps. If it will only make a small improvement then i will not bother. Also am I making the right upgrades or would you suggest something better? My budget is about £170-200.

Specifically the CPU, the motherboard only being changed to support the CPU.

Thank you, :)
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More about will upgrading q8200 33ghz 2120 30ghz make difference
  1. Depending on what you are doing you might see a little better performance but again how much will depend on what you want to do.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply! I want to know if this will give me better performance in three areas:


    General Desktop Use (internet, small programs ect)

    Video Editing

  3. Not yet. Upgrading from a c2qd to an i3 isn't worth it atm. But to an i5 or i7 is a big jump.
  4. Also you know that if you upgrade you will have to get a new motherboard and probably new RAM. The Core 2 is socket 775 and the I3 Sandy Bridges is socket 1155. How much can you afford on upgrades. Can you afford an I5 2500k?
  5. i would wait until you have more money, and get a new mobo get a normal atx rather that i micro atx, spend about £80 on that, 4gb ram is only about £20 for a single stick and then you would need about £60 more and you could get an i5.
  6. Luckily, there is no need to guess the difference. Check out this: Q8200 VS i3-2100 at Anandtech.
  7. because of the increase of speed (2.33 vs 3.3) you will see an increase in performance:
    and that is with a 2100 @3.1
    if you also consider that you will be upgrading the RAM to ddr3, that will also be beneficial.

    btw, i would recommend a H67 board for the sata 6Gbs (even if you do not use it NOW) over a H61 which does not have it AFAIK.

    but you say "hey in video creation . ."
    most software makes use of the cuda cores on the geforce cards offloading the work on the gpu and quick sync beats everything by far.

    EDIT: looks like DXRick beat me to the link punch . . :P
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