E8400- Time to upgrade?(gaming)

hi, so i still have this e8400 in a spare rig. I also have a GTS 450 card in this rig.
I want to upgrade the card and was wondering if the older cpu would bottleneck it to the point of useless?
If so, would i be better served with an i3 or i5? Obviously, the i5 is better, but i will mainly be playing D3/GW2/LoL.
Not exactly demanding games (i believe?). Also, no interest in oc'ing.

Thanks in advance for any/all advice!!
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  1. i5 would be better, but I would try a straight GPU upgrade and see how you feel first.
  2. It really does depend on the game. Some games are much more CPU intensive, others more so on the GPU. You wouldn't be completely crazy getting a reasonable GPU upgrade while keeping that processor (especially considering you would have to basically make a new build).

    What would help us help you more is if you gave us some more information on your rig and how much money you're willing to spend upgrading.
  3. sure. system looks like:
    ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
    2 x CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
    GTS 450
    e8400
    650W Antec modular ps.

    really dont want to spend too much. Just want to be able to play most games on high settings. That's why i was wondering about just upgrading the card. OR suck it up and build a new system :P
  4. If you want to play most games on high, your going to have to build a new system.
  5. sk1939 said:
    If you want to play most games on high, your going to have to build a new system.

    Not really. The E8400 is a decent dual core and it performs not too far from the i3 therefore until today, I believe it is a keeper.

    To OP:
    The best upgrade path is on a better GPU but it depends on your monitor resolution. If its 1920x1080 then AMD 6870 or nVidia 560 for <$200 is fine if it fits your budget. If you can afford more, get the nVidia 560Ti as low as $225 or even the AMD HD7850 ~$240-260.
  6. Your motherboard is decent for overclocking please try it out there are big gains to be had, I know of these chips running at 4.5GHZ as a maximum and 4GHZ on a 20 dollar cooler. Try it out you won't hurt anything just watch the temps.

    I would say a 4GHZ 8400 and a 6870 would game at a damn fine settings. Even 3.6 which would be a nice beginner overclock would be descent.
  7. randomkid said:
    Not really. The E8400 is a decent dual core and it performs not too far from the i3 therefore until today, I believe it is a keeper.

    I agree with that. I have an E8200 and can't say I'm hurting for CPU performance that much as a casual gamer. What usually tends to ruin games for me is swapping/loading. When Cataclysm initially came out, I had only 4GB RAM and panning around in Stormwind caused the game to periodically freeze/stutter while loading content from HDD/swap. Upgrading to 8GB RAM made WoW smooth again.

    More processing power is not the answer to every problem, swapping would bring even the newest and greatest powerhouse to its knees in a heartbeat.

    Since the OP has only 4GB RAM and DDR3 is so much cheaper than DDR2 these days, that would be another reason to consider a platform upgrade.
  8. thanks for the replies so far.
    So i guess i will first try to upgrade the gpu while oc'ing the cpu and see what that gets me.
    So upgrading the ram is not a valid option?
  9. +1 overclock or go for i5, you won't regret it
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