I built my PC back in 2007 when the 8800GTX and the Dualcore Conroe CPU was king.
I have since upgraded my ram to 2gb of ram to 8gb and my evga 8800GTS to a Asus DirectCU 5850 and dropped in a 1tb hdd.
The only original parts left are: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus mobo, E6600 Conroe OC'd to 3.00ghz with a 120mm cpu cooler, and my creative soundcard.
So here is my question.
About a year ago, I was aggressively trying to get my CPU as high as possible and I found out that with my configuration, I could only get it stable to 3.00ghz. Anything beyond and I have issues. It still runs all games pretty good, but I am now considering swapping it with a more powerful LGA 775 quad core. I feel that my CPU bottle necks my GPU, I want to remove the bottle neck so I can OC my GPU and get more power out of it(heard it is an amazing overclocker).
I am wondering what you folks would think is the best bang for the buck, or if it is even worth it at all. My plan would be to overclock it, but here is my concern. I always heard about people being able to OC their E6600's beyond what I was able to achieve. Do you guys think my mobo is the limitation, or was my CPU the issue? Would there even be that much of a difference, if say, I bought a X6800, but only could bring it to 3.00ghz?
If my mobo is the issue, I could always harvest my brothers evga 680i board if that would open up my OCing limits.
If your MB is limiting your Currnet CPU, it will be even less likely to achieve an equal OC using a quad CPU.
I had NO problem running my E6400 @ 3.2 GHz.
Next: going from say 3.0 OC to a 3.2 OC is NOT even noticable in real life anyway.
0.2/3 = 7%. Min bumb in speed to even detect outside of benchmark is 10->15%.
What you could Do is invest in a Good PSU and a GPU (even if it is currently bottlenecked by current CP), but that you can later transfer to a NEW build.
New Build is not just about the CPU, it is all the improvements that have been added to the MB.
If $70 is going to be all you have for a year then its worth it if you play games or use other applications that can really use 4 cores.
Yeah, I have a job now, but computer parts arent really my priority atm.
I wouldnt want to just get a cheap mobo + cpu so I could upgrade later on as suggested above. If I were to do it, I'd get athleast an i5 and whatever mobo for it, which is way more than I want to spend.
Im thinking Im just gonna keep messing around to see if I can get my CPU oc'd higher.