Upgrading CPU need advice

Ok I am looking at upgrading a 3 yr old PC and I need some advice to find the best parts and to make sure everything is compatible..

Or am I better off just buying a new Mobo and cpu ? if so what should I get ? I have about 800 to spend..

Ok first off here is my Mobo..

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard

This is my current cpu that I want to upgrade, need some advice to find a better CPU for gaming.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400

I was looking at this CPU to upgrade to, It looks like most of these chips are being cancelled since they are old technology. will this CPU work with my MOBO, is it good and is there anything better for around the same price ?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3GHz Processor

I am adding this video card to SLI, I just bought one a few weeks ago and I want another one..

Last thing this is my current power supply that I think I will need to upgrade after a new CPU and SLI video cards , any thoughts on a new power supply for about $200 ?

Sorry for the long thread but I need some help, thanks for your time !
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  1. to be honest if you plan to upgrade you should consider upgrade the motherboard too... I dont think you will notice big difference if you stay with your current mobo... try to find a mobo compatible with Core I5 newer cpus...
  2. Yeah, a 2500K build will be the best and longest-lasting. You'll need new RAM, a new mobo and, yes, a new PSU. 650W should do it.
  3. $365 for a S775 CPU? The 2500K is what, around $225? That would leave you with $140 for a new board. If you get one of the $100 boards, you would spend another $5ish or so and still be able to get $50 worth of DDR3 ram. Buying that CPU is a horrible idea as a $100 board, 8GBs of DDR3 ram, and the 2500(k?) CPU is much better/faster.

    Did you link the wrong PSU? Thats not $200, nor should it run you $200. I would think even if you lived outside the USA that PSU shouldn't run you $200.
  4. Best answer
    Get ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Motherboard - $125

    Get Intel Core i5-2500K Processor - $220

    Get G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $30

    It will be much better to buy new processor, motherboard, RAM than upgrading your current build.
  5. Guys Thanks so much for all the information, it never crossed my mind to just buy a new MOBO/CPU. I love that idea and it makes a heck of a lot more sense..

    Any other ideas or links for a 2500K build ? Keep the information coming !!
  6. a Q6600 can be found on ebay for around 100 dollars
    you can easily overclock it to 3 ghz or better and this
    will breath new life into the system for a lot cheaper.

    Mind you if it were me I would likely make a move towards the new platform as well.
  7. Depends on the budget. If he is looking at $400 CPUs, then upgrading to current stuff makes sense. If you only have $100, then getting the used Q6600 does. Games don't need a lot of CPU power, so getting the quad and OCing it isn't a bad idea. More so if it allows you to get a better PSU and GPU. Again however, considering his apparent budget I doubt he'll be going this route.
  8. Best answer selected by Gelst.
  9. Glad to be of service. Anytime, any problem, someone will always be at Toms to help you.
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