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January 22, 2012 3:59:05 AM

Current specs are:
Antec 900
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Core 2 Duo E8400
8 Gig GSkill PC2-6400 4x2 gig
Nvidia GTX9800+ 512 mb
X-fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro
Samsung 103SJ

Mainly used for gaming TF2,L4D2, COD, HL2 Etc...
Standard office use
Burning WMV files to DVD, Nero

System just seems slow(especially Nero) Games stutter sometimes.
How much of an improvement would I see going to a Quad Core Q9505
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 22, 2012 4:33:20 AM

How much do you have/want to spend?

Im running close to the same specs, E8500, GTX285, same mobo... and if you can, with what we have in our systems now, an upgrade would be the best thing.
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January 22, 2012 5:00:14 AM

You wouldn't see much improvement in any of those games since they are older and I doubt any of them use more than 2 cores, and the per core speed is a little slower. You would definitely be better off saving your money and doing a total upgrade.
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January 22, 2012 5:06:32 AM

its a hell of a lot of money to spend on dead technology, its more than a i5 2500k and even that and the 9505 is chalk and cheese, i recently just went from q9400 to 2500k if you can afford to replace your mobo and ram do it, put you old mobo ram and cpu on ebay i just got 270 for my ep45t-ud3p 4 gig ram and q9400 on ebay problem solved. even a little 120 buck i3 will beat the 9505 in games. that said i could still play all games with my q9400 overclocked to 3.4 but there is no way in hell i would invest that much in socket 775 now, i reget buying the q9400 as i was in the same predicament ur in now, but atleast i did it when they just released the first gen 'i' cpus, not 2 years after socket 775 died. u can keep the rest of your gear it all pretty good but make ur vid card the next upgrade as you wouldnt wanna be play bf3 on it.
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January 22, 2012 5:42:05 AM

I would upgrade the GPU first over the CPU, but in all honesty, your pc is probably 4 years old(yes? about?) and it is time for a new one if you can afford it...I would start saving up and come April, snag an Ivy Bridge CPU, new mb, new GPU, and some RAM. Keep everything else if possible. Oh and maybe get an SSD if the budget is there. Then that pc should be able to last you another 4 years.
The other thing is when was the last time the OS was reinstalled? It is a pain, but a clean install could help if its been like more then 1 year since the last OS install.
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January 22, 2012 6:53:21 AM

I disagree on the SSD... for windows only, it's not worth the extra $100+ for a small SSD to get windows to launch 8 seconds faster.
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January 22, 2012 8:04:56 AM

Just did a clean Win 7 64 bit install
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January 22, 2012 8:11:28 AM

I'm not an Intel fanboy but the E8400 was hot at the time so how would switching to AMD be at this time? I assume I can use my HD, burners, Vid and Sound cards, Case,psu. Could I get a MB/CPU/Ram solution for under $500 or is intel still the hot combo right now.
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January 22, 2012 8:46:46 AM

Its to late to keep going on an LGA 775 chipset. Start saving for a new build.

(I own both an aging E8400 and a newer i5 2500k - the difference is significant.)


Brand is your call. If you are constrained for money use AMD, otherwise intel. Depends on if you are making a big performance jump or just enough of one so things work well again.
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January 22, 2012 9:11:41 AM

VicDog said:
I'm not an Intel fanboy but the E8400 was hot at the time so how would switching to AMD be at this time? I assume I can use my HD, burners, Vid and Sound cards, Case,psu. Could I get a MB/CPU/Ram solution for under $500 or is intel still the hot combo right now.

What about the GPU? you need to flip it as well, do you have a budget for this ? and what's ur gaming resolution?
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January 22, 2012 9:27:23 AM

I would like to spend about $500 max
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January 22, 2012 11:16:57 AM

If you have a microcenter near your you. Their i5-2500k price is a must buy...
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January 22, 2012 3:10:32 PM

You can break this up into two purchases so you don't have to make any sacrifices.

Purchase one -$200 GPU (will help with current build but be easy to transfer to the next)

Purchase two -
$200 CPU (I recommend i5 2500k from microcenter too!)
$150 MB
$50 memory
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January 22, 2012 9:54:58 PM

ilysaml said:
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $473 after MIR, better push your budget a little bit and get a better GPU, you didn't mention your monitor resolution.



I'm running 1920x1080 in most games. I mostly play TF2. Is this game GPU intensive?
The mobo you suggested looks like I can get another 9800GTX and connect via SLI. Would this be worthwhile?
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January 23, 2012 1:42:20 AM

VicDog said:
I'm running 1920x1080 in most games. I mostly play TF2. Is this game GPU intensive?
The mobo you suggested looks like I can get another 9800GTX and connect via SLI. Would this be worthwhile?


No the 9800GTX is too old for SLI. Its big, power hungry, hot and doesnt run DX11 and other newer tecnologies. You can get equivalent power for less in a newer card today that would run cool and quiet. The PSU and cooling needed for that setup isnt worth it.
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January 23, 2012 2:07:37 AM

Thx
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January 23, 2012 10:27:24 AM

1080P? so you're better of with a stronger GPU, HD 6950 or GTX 560ti.
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January 23, 2012 5:02:29 PM

Do you have an alternate suggestion for the CPU as it is out of stock at the Egg
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January 28, 2012 10:58:17 PM

Best answer selected by VicDog.
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January 31, 2012 11:18:56 PM

Thanks by the way. Feel free to let me know how it goes.
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