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HD 2600Pro vs 9600GT and E3300 vs E5200

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2012 4:44:53 AM

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?
October 28, 2012 6:01:17 AM

I'm pretty sure the 9600GT will be a good upgrade over a 2600pro

e3300 vs e5200 it's not really an upgrade but i have no idea of the overclocking potential of either so its your call there
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October 28, 2012 6:16:12 AM

the e5200 is pretty much the same chip just with 2mb l2 cache instaed of 1mb. any difference would be negligible
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2012 6:12:03 PM

There is no doubt that the two upgrades will be better, just wondering if the value of 10 per part is a reasonable price for the trade
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 29, 2012 10:50:39 PM

it's not reasonable unless there will be a noticeable difference, no matter how little he's charging. get the 9600gt for 10 bucks, it will be noticeable, albeit only slightly.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2012 8:00:46 PM

Best answer selected by Stickmansam.
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