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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, Still good enough ?

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November 10, 2012 1:42:53 PM

So I was wondering if my E8500 still will be good enough.
I know it's an old CPU, but my budget is tight.
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November 10, 2012 1:49:30 PM

What do you use your system for?
November 10, 2012 1:51:45 PM

Mostly gaming.
But I don't really care if I can't play everything maxed out and stuff.
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November 10, 2012 2:09:33 PM

While it may bottleneck a performance graphics card (like the Radeon HD 7770) at little bit, it should not be every bad at all. The more powerful the graphic card is though, the larger the bottleneck.

I have an C2D E6600 in my HTPC, but I haven't really used it to play games in a while. The last games were Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2 with a passively cooled nVidia 9600T.
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November 10, 2012 2:14:13 PM

Yup, still good enough.
November 10, 2012 2:25:29 PM

I am planning to buy the Radeon HD7770, so I can still use it for most of the games ?
November 10, 2012 2:34:55 PM

It all depends on what type of games.
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November 10, 2012 2:51:42 PM

robi64 said:
I am planning to buy the Radeon HD7770, so I can still use it for most of the games ?

Yes.
November 10, 2012 3:07:02 PM

kracker said:
It all depends on what type of games.

Battlefield bfbc2 & 3. Black ops 1&2, World At War.

I know DayZ (Arma2) requires much CPU, so will that be possible too ?
November 10, 2012 3:16:38 PM

unreal9400 said:
Yes.

Ok, ty.
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November 10, 2012 3:58:49 PM

I would still be using my C2D-E8400 if upgrading it to 16GB DDR2 RAM didn't cost nearly as much as rebuilding with i5. For the few games I play and the few demos I tried, frame rates were still in the 30+ fps 'good enough for me' zone. Simple games like D3 and WoW were still running at 40-60 fps depending on location, no complaints from me there.

Were it not for running out of RAM, I could have easily stretched that PC another 1-2 years.
November 10, 2012 4:39:47 PM

If you can swap it with a cheao C2Q it'll be better
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November 10, 2012 5:33:08 PM

E8500 is a good cpu, fast core2duo..

i believe, in some application E8500 offers same performance with i3 series..(at least 1st gen..)

Try to overclock your cpu..
many c2d E8500 can be overclocked to 4Ghz in stock voltage..

Overclocking this cpu will give you smoother experiences while gaming and give a breath to your system for next one or two years..
November 10, 2012 5:58:22 PM

Didn't know my cpu was that good.
I will overclock it to 4Ghz. when I have my graphics card.
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November 10, 2012 8:13:13 PM

Quaddro said:
E8500 is a good cpu, fast core2duo..

i believe, in some application E8500 offers same performance with i3 series..(at least 1st gen..)

The C2D-E8400 is almost even with the i3-3220 (less than 20% slower) in many gaming benchmarks so the E8500 would be an even fairer match.

Once you throw in applications that use new instructions, finer threading and newer ICC libraries though, the i3 becomes as much as twice as fast at some tasks.
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