Help upgrading to better CPU for gaming

Hello! I've looked forward to the release of Diablo 3 for some time now, but came to realize my CPU just wasn't going to cut it. :(
I am trying to find a CPU that will work with my current motherboard for under 300 dollars. But I am not super tech savvy and could use some help before I purchase one from Newegg.com.

Here is my specs:
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 6001)
CPU Type: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E5500 @ 2.55GHz
CPU Speed: 2.55 GHz
System Memory: 5888 Megabytes
Video Card Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Video Card Memory: 1 gb
Video Card Driver: nvd3dum.dll
Desktop Resolution: 1920x1080
Hard Disk Size: 600 GB
-Motherboard-
Board: Gateway FMCP7AM
Serial Number: U00Q090303319
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. R01-A0 10/31/2008

I found a Intel Pentium E6600 Wolfdale 3.06GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core on Newegg.com, but am unsure if its the best I could do in terms of running Diablo 3 lag free. The pricing is nice though :).
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  1. I'd be tempted to just slum it on lowest settings for a while until I could afford a proper upgrade. I can't imagine it will be long before you find the Wolfdale too slow as well.
  2. I agree... Trying to upgrade a dinosaur is generally pointless. You're upgrading one old generation dual core to a not-as-old dual core. Its a waste. If you did anything, you could invest in a better video card, one thats probably not going to see its full potential on the older system but could be moved to the new system. If you'll have the funds for a new build in less than a year, I say go for it. Something powerful like the upcoming GTX 670.
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    I'd be tempted to just slum it on lowest settings for a while until I could afford a proper upgrade. I can't imagine it will be long before you find the Wolfdale too slow as well.


    +1 just soldier on until you can afford to do the motherboard and CPU to something more current. Though to be honest I'm pretty sure around the $300 mark you could get a cheaper 1155 motherboard and an i3 (or maybe i5)
  4. GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115089

    G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    Voilla $273.97
  5. Woot, thanks alot for the advice.
    And thanks for the shopping list wr6133, thats pretty much perfect. Hopefully I can just re use the 6gb of DDR3 ram ive got :D.
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