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post #11 of 20
a Q6600 or E8400 if the board supports it will still take any single gpu you throw at it. Seriously no reason to waste your money on an entire new build imo. I've tested my 8400 vs. 2600k the difference in games is not that much with a single card (580).
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post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by systemlayers;13778720 
a Q6600 or E8400 if the board supports it will still take any single gpu you throw at it. Seriously no reason to waste your money on an entire new build imo. I've tested my 8400 vs. 2600k the difference in games is not that much with a single card (580).

So, just to make sure, you're suggesting I just go ahead and buy the Q6600, and save the rest of my money for a better build later on?
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post #13 of 20
Well I'd only recommend you buy a Q6600 if you're also buying a new GPU - you'll notice a little bit of a bump in games with the Q6600 over the P4 but nothing drastic. If you want to build your own I'd recommend just waiting it out till you have the cash.
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post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by unitedclans;13778641 
As you can see I literally know nothing on that subject lol. So, in that case, does this mean I can run all core 2 duo (65w) processors?

lol... np... we are all learning smile.gif... in my opinion it would not be worth it at all to upgrade your CPU now... just wait until you do your full upgrade and put that money towards a better GPU or an SSD... i have been running on this old d 840 since i bought it on its release date more than 6 years ago tongue.gif... trust me, you will be much happier with that extra $80 for your future upgrade than you will with getting a new processor now to tide you over smile.gif... not to mention dell bios dont tend to like to jump series (from D to E for example), and can be a total pain from my experiences tongue.gif... honestly though, it is totally up to you... you should be able to use any of the first generation C2D processors with your current mobo
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post #15 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by systemlayers;13778720 
a Q6600 or E8400 if the board supports it will still take any single gpu you throw at it. Seriously no reason to waste your money on an entire new build imo. I've tested my 8400 vs. 2600k the difference in games is not that much with a single card (580).

E8400 is not an option as it is a Wolfdale chip. The board's chipset limitation won't allow it to work.
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Originally Posted by unitedclans;13778763 
So, just to make sure, you're suggesting I just go ahead and buy the Q6600, and save the rest of my money for a better build later on?

It's an option if you're that desperate to give some life to the machine. I actually see the Q6600 being a large jump over the PD 925...Netburst CPUs were just plain bad.

A new video card would help too, but I also know the power supply in your Dimension 520 (right?) is on the lowly side of things (stock 300-305W unit)...there isn't much over the GT 240 you have that could be recommended that would be a huge increase without upgrading the PSU too. In which case, the worth of doing this is kind of gone. =\
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post #16 of 20
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So I see two possible options here, one benifitting short term and the other long term. If I were to buy a processor now, which one would be most powerful for my cpu while being most cost-effective (as people have said, my gpu would limit the top models; no use spending extra money on them)? If I were to save that money, what sites and forums (I don't know if this site has this section) would you recommend I visit for help on deciding the best custom build on my budget (haven't figured out exactly what it is yet)?
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post #17 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by unitedclans;13779477 
So I see two possible options here, one benifitting short term and the other long term. If I were to buy a processor now, which one would be most powerful for my cpu while being most cost-effective (as people have said, my gpu would limit the top models; no use spending extra money on them)? If I were to save that money, what sites and forums (I don't know if this site has this section) would you recommend I visit for help on deciding the best custom build on my budget (haven't figured out exactly what it is yet)?

I'd say save the money is the wisest choice. You can post your custom build question in the Intel General section (or AMD General if you go that route) when you've got the funds.


If you still want a cheaper upgrade for your current system, you can get the E6600 here for about $55, which isn't too bad at all and will give a reasonable performance increase:
http://www.overclock.net/main-components/1033533-c2d-asus-mobo-g-skill-ram.html
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post #18 of 20
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Alright, thanks everyone for all your help, I've now got a pretty good idea of what I want to do smile.gif
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post #19 of 20
well good luck with your build smile.gif
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G.Skill Ripjaw Z 64GB @ 1833 MHz Vertex 4 512GB Vertex 4 512GB H80i 
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Windows 7 Ultimate Auria 27" (2560x1440) Auria 27" (2560x1440) Lepa G. 1600 
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HAF X 942 Corsair M90 Senheiser S170 
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Q6600 EP45-UD3P Sapphire 5870 ASUS 5850-Top Direct CU 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
DDR2 Dominators 1x 80GB samsung H70 XP Pro 
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post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eskamobob1;13785184 
well good luck with your build smile.gif

Thanks smile.gif
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