I have a e3300 (stepping R0) that has a high and even with a decent aftermarket HS it needs about 1.315 volts to hit 3ghz at 60c in prime 95, I think i can push it higher but a bit worried about the temps.
I have a friend offering me to trade a e5200 (stepping M0) and 9600GT since he is giving the comp to someone else who doesn't game. This is going to be a secondary rig so will see some gaming (CS, random lan games). My friend wants $20 for both parts or $10 each. His e5200 has a way lower VID at 1.184 while mine is 1.2875 so I am wondering if its worth the $10+trade to get more OC room and the extra 1mb cache?
For the HD2600 it hits 100% usage sometimes so will the 9600GT be a worthwhile upgrade without worrying about bottleneck issues? Is the value good?