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Old 01-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for processor upgrade. A) is it worth it B)what should I get?

Here is my current setup:

E7200 2.53ghz @ 3.4ghz 3mb l2cache
gtx 260 650/1160
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I'm under the impression that my low cache and core 2 duo processor is inhibiting my gameplay performance. (Especially in Far cry 2). I'm looking to upgrade the processor for around 200 dollars. I'm definitely going to overclock whatever I get, so I want something with the high cache of the upper end processors so that it will be virtually identical to them once overclocked. I have my eye on this processor:

Newegg.com - Core 2 Quad, Processors - Desktops, CPUs / Processors, Computer Hardware

What are your thoughts/opinions? Would it be worth upgrading?
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Default Re: Looking for processor upgrade. A) is it worth it B)what should I get?

look at the e8500 or if you can stretch it get the q9300. it's faster than the q6600
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wouldn't going from one core 2 duo to another not really make that much of a difference?
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Default Re: Looking for processor upgrade. A) is it worth it B)what should I get?

the e8500 has more cache and higher clock speeds, and higher attainable clock speeds so it's worth it.
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I think Tomshardware said that a 6mb cache is about 4% faster clock for clock over 3mb (something like 4%). So not a huge difference unless you can overclock the new cpu higher (e8400 does clock high). But I would think a 3.4ghz e7200 would fair pretty well in games.
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I'm looking at the q9300. I've found a place where I can get it for 215, but it only has a 6mb L2 cache compared to the q6600's 8mb cache. My processor does fair pretty well. The only game that it gives me problems is Far Cry 2.
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i can max out fc2 at 1680x1050 and average about 40-60fps. my q9300 has only seen about 3.1ghz overclocking so far but i think i can get it higher
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so do you think that it would be worth upgrading from the e7200 to the q6600? It seems like from what I'm reading there isn't much of a boost in gaming from using a quad core compared to using a core 2 duo. If i'm going to upgrade I want to see a large boost in performance. The far cry 2 benchmarks make the q6600 out to be the best deal.
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you wont see a tremendous boost, no.
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i would say go with the q6600, its cheaper than the q9300, and is quite the overclocker
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