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October 22, 2012 4:59:43 PM

So i'm looking for a new CPU to replace my Q6600 and while i'm at it the motherboard and RAM. Here's my current spec.

Q6600 OC'd at 3.2 (OC'd by overclockers)
Abit IX38 QuadGT
4GB Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5D DDR2 1066 (4x1gb)
ATI Radeon HD 4800 series
Crucial m4 128BG SSD
Seagate 500GB HDD

And a few other things (it was a system built by overclockers).I'm only replacing the CPU motherboard and RAM though.

I do play games on it but haven't for quite a while.

What bundle would you recommend? I don't really have a budget but don't want to spend silly amount of money. Just want something that's going to be fairly snappy for a few years.

Though i could sell the Q6600 with the motherboard and RAM as a OC'd bundle, maybe get £60.
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October 22, 2012 5:10:10 PM

why?

it is the GPU/graphics card that is holding you back.
October 22, 2012 5:19:00 PM

Your CPU is still good, believe it or not, especially after that OC. Add another 4GB of RAM and a GTX 660 and you'll be fine.
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October 22, 2012 5:19:54 PM

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz 199$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 109$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you never gave me a budget so I could find slight cheaper parts.

He has a 5 year old processor its def time for a upgrade.
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October 22, 2012 5:35:35 PM

For replacement, you need to have big budget. But your cpu is still good enough for playing games. Try to get a new gpu instead.

What games you want to play?
October 22, 2012 6:24:54 PM

Age != bad performance, not in the case of C2Q's. They are still very viable today, especially with good overclocks. He would have to throw in a GTX 670 or 7950/7970 to start feeling the bottleneck of his CPU's architecture, as far as games go. When it comes to most other tasks, sure, SB or IB CPUs would beat a C2Q out in a fight.

Edit: if the computer is being used for some web browsing and a few FB games then there's absolutely no reason to upgrade, but if it's being used for video editing now instead of gaming more often than not then sure, upgrade away. Heck, throwing just a SSD into the mix for your OS and primary apps would give it a better feel.
October 22, 2012 7:11:08 PM

hi mate
as some have stated the Q6600 is still a decent processor and along with the reliable HD4850 you should still be running the latest games at reasonable detail and resolution ... i was also a proud owner of the XFX HD4850 which served me well... and i would of still be using it today but it developed a green line corruption fault which couldnt be fixed
motherboard bundles however are the way to go.. they are ideal for bringing your pc up to date without having to buy another complete system .... and a ivybridge bundle is probally your best choice,however you obviously need something thats going to be significantly faster than your current configuration and a core i5/i7 based bundle would be your best bet
ive looked around and the "Gladiator i5-3570K 4.60GHz Ivy Bridge Overclocked Bundle "( http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Bundles/Overclocked+Bundl... ) is a excellent bundle with some amazing specifications.. these include :
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ (Ivy Bridge) i5-3570K 6MB Cache Quad-Core Processor
• be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 2 Dual Fan Quiet CPU Cooler
• 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP (2x4096) DDR3 1600MHz Dual-Channel Memory (32GB Max)
• GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4-TH Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard w/ SATA 6G, USB 3.0 & 2x Thunderbolt - SLI & CrossFire Ready
• Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Graphics - IGP Supports DirectX 11
priced at £496 this represents good value and includes a decent 3rd party cpu cooler in the shape of the dark rock pro 2 ,one of the best overclocking air coolers around ... and its good to see corsair vengeance memory which is super reliable
a core i7 bundle would cost another £100 however the above bundle would be a decent improvement over your current system and not too expensive
you could however go the AMD way and go with a trinity based cpu ... the "Gladiator A10-5800K 4.40GHz Trinity Overclocked Bundle "( http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Bundles/Overclocked+Bundl... ) is £315 and you get a quad core A10-5800K which runs at 4.4ghz (overclocked ) .. and this is cooled again by the reliable dark rock pro 2 from be quiet ..... theres also 8gb of corsair vengeance ram running at 1866mhz and all this is based on the GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-UP4 AMD A85X Socket FM2 with quad crossfire support ( http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... )
both these are impressive bundles and would improve on your allready decent system specs....
however dont sell your current bundle for £60.. you should get £80 for the Q6600 alone so if you do sell look in the region of £130 which isnt asking too much
on the budget side of bundles the problem may be finding something that will be better than your q6600 however the "Gladiator AMD FX-6100 Six-Core Next Day Bundle "( http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Bundles/Next+Day+Bundles/... ) and has 8gb of ddr3 ram and a decent motherboard.. the FX-6100 is a hex core cpu with some decent performance ... maybe slightly quicker than the Q6600 but not by alot
then theres the "Xenon Intel Core i3 2120 3.30GHz DDR3 Bundle"( http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU... ) which is actually quite good... the core i3 however is only dual core ( 4 threads ) so this may be seen as a step backwards... in terms of performance the core i3 again beats the q6600 but not by much
hope this helps !
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October 22, 2012 7:53:55 PM

nbelote said:
Add another 4GB of RAM


Well, he is already fill whole of his memory slot.. :D 
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i agree, with overclock, that C2Q 6600 still powerfull enough to provide horse power in order to serve mid high graphics card available today..
For example 78xx/GTX66x class..

And you don't have to spend silly amount of money for whole new rig to fell huge fps leap with upgrading from 48XX class to 78XX/GTX6X GPU..


October 22, 2012 8:03:50 PM

motherboard do u have?
October 22, 2012 8:06:07 PM

go for this Q9700
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October 22, 2012 8:08:15 PM

He has a Abit IX38 QuadGT
October 22, 2012 8:10:06 PM

mubin said:
He has a Abit IX38 QuadGT


lol duhhh
October 22, 2012 8:15:57 PM

the q9550 is the highest your board can take, so disregard what i said and keep your current one unless im wrong. unless it will take the q9700 but limit the cache to 8mb
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October 22, 2012 8:19:04 PM

You didnt check :) 
October 22, 2012 8:20:34 PM

its not there? i thought his board was 8mb legal bios, i was wrong lol
October 23, 2012 3:06:04 PM

Thanks for the info everyone.

With the Haswell coming and other future CPUs, will they use different socket and therefore require different motherboards? Or do we not know this yet?
October 23, 2012 3:22:26 PM

corbula said:
Thanks for the info everyone.

With the Haswell coming and other future CPUs, will they use different socket and therefore require different motherboards? Or do we not know this yet?


Haswell will require a new motherboard because it will be using a new socket type if Intel follows there tick tock plan.
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