New processor for my PC, Need help!

Hello, I have recently been thinking about getting a new processor as mine is quite outdated but when It comes to what to actually get i'm not sure, My Budget wont be high but i've not got a set budget yet so all suggestions are very helpful,. I'll post my dxdiag underneath this so that you can see the specs of my computer if it will help!

System Information
Time of this report: 1/25/2013, 20:11:20
Machine name: JORDAN-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120824-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: P5K-E
BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/31/07 18:19:46 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 2640MB used, 1741MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 460
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0E22&SUBSYS_0865196E&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1745 MB
Dedicated Memory: 978 MB
Shared Memory: 767 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: HP 2311 Series Wide LCD Monitor
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  1. You can get a core 2 quad at a low rate. You can either go with new processors or can take a change with used processors. Core 2 quad is a great processor and I think it will fit your budget.
  2. OKay, I looked and Ghz is lower than the one I have currently but because it's a newer processor would it still be better?
  3. If it is a newer processor it will have a better architecture that is good also it can have more core that is good too.
    It is better you specify the processor you are going to buy.
  4. Ahhh okay, I was looking at the core 2 quad Q9400 2.66Ghz.
    Would you be able to suggest replacing anything else to help speed up the computer? Or is the processor the best thing for that?
    Oh and I should have mentioned that i'm upgrading for gaming purposes.
  5. Welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums,
    I'm going to suggest here that you are not going to get much more performance out of a new CPU on your motherboard. Looking at benchmark comparisons between your CPU (E8400 @ 3.0) and the best CPU supported by that motherboard (Q9650), the only differences are in multi-threaded applications. In short, between your's and the best socket 775 there is, you will only see improvement when doing high intensity CPU activities (CAD, Video Editing, etc.) in normal usages (even in most gaming situations) the additional cores provided by the quad core CPU over your two core won't be utilized. BTW, the Q9650 runs from $250 used to near $750 for a refurbished one, I found none new.
    My $0.02
  6. That is a very good processor and it will gove you a significant speed boost. but it would do you less good in gaming. I'd say invest your money on a fast gpu and a lower price processor like core 2 quad q6600.
    What is your budget?
    Get a HD7850 2gB for $180
    Or HD7770 for $90
  7. Okay, i think i'm keeping up so far, So would you reccomend a new motherboard then? Is it possible to get a new motherboard without losing all the things on your rig? And if that is a better idea then what would you suggest?? Please excuse my lack of knowledge about these things aswell, I'm slowly starting to learn about it! I just want to improve my pc in general, I got it back in 2006 and i've only replaced the graphics card this year so i'm so happy that's its doing so well still!
  8. It is not wise to invest on such an old rig, I'd say get a cheap core 2 quad processor as your current one will bottleneck any fast graphics card. So even if you buy a new system it he future you would still be able to use the graphics card.
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