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hello, i got my e5300 up to 4ghz thanks to some guides on here and it seems stable
it copes with quad core games like gta 4 in " reasonable " performance, not great, but playable.

i was thinking of upgrading to a quad core- preferably q6600 ( Slackr ) due to reasonable OC'ing but my dilemma is, if my e5300 copes with 4ghz do i really need to spend another £40 ( after selling the e5300 ) for an upgrade?

quad cores first came to my mind when i released the futures game may not run well with my DC , EI , BF3 although my hd 4870 wouldn't cope well, but enough for my standards.

so do i got for the upgrade? or use the money to upgrade something else?
thank you.
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You could use your extra cash to buy another 500gb hdd instead.
But If I were you I'd upgrade to a quad, Q8200 or better.
I recently upgraded from a first generation phenom x3 (similar to e5200 performance) to phenom II and the difference in boot up and game loading times is massive
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I once read the 8k series Core 2 Quads were garbage. I'd get a 9k series 45nm Quad if your chipset can handle it. The used markets are your friends.
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You could use your extra cash to buy another 500gb hdd instead.
But If I were you I'd upgrade to a quad, Q8200 or better.
I recently upgraded from a first generation phenom x3 (similar to e5200 performance) to phenom II and the difference in boot up and game loading times is massive
thanks, i got my self another 500gb hd 3 ays anyway, but i had some spare cash, not enough to buy a 9xxx series quad. but either a 6600 or 8200 but the 8200 seems a very poor Oc'er compared to the slacr q6600, which is cheaper as well,
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Upgrade the mobo and the CPU if you can. Your mobo is crap for overclocking quads and the best route would be to go quad. If you can find one, grab a UD3R or a UD3P (GA-EP45-UD3P or UD3R or like models. I think the GA-EP45T-UD3P is DDR3) and you will never look back. I went from a 4.0GHz e7300 to my quad and I am VERY happy.
 
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Upgrade the mobo and the CPU if you can. Your mobo is crap for overclocking quads and the best route would be to go quad. If you can find one, grab a UD3R or a UD3P (GA-EP45-UD3P or UD3R or like models. I think the GA-EP45T-UD3P is DDR3) and you will never look back. I went from a 4.0GHz e7300 to my quad and I am VERY happy.
cant seem to find anywhere selling that mobo, neither ebuyer,misco etc or even ebay!. i was looking into a new mobo aswell, but all the decent cheap ones were ddr2 meaning i'd have to spend more on more ram but ill check that one out, i picked my ga-g41mt-es2l as my brother had this one and was great for DC overclocking although he never had a Quad core..

although ddr2 isnt a big problem as i could actually sell my 2x2gb sticks for £30 cash in hand and then buy some ddr2 sticks, i was looking at the Gigabyte P35-DS3R yet i cant find that being sold anywhere either!
Edited by camelelf - 8/8/11 at 8:36am
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I did what you are planning on doing now. I replaced a E5200 which was 4.0GHz stable and replaced it with a Q6600. I am happy with the move since I did it cheap. Games like Team Fortress 2 run much smoother because TF2 is CPU intensive. I only have the Q6600 at 3.33GHz, because the motherboard it is in can't push it higher, it's an old chipset.

Windows wise, it feels snappier and faster in my opinion. And multi tasking is better (video, web, IM, etc at once).

I would upgrade. It will be a nice performance boost, especially if you can push it to 3.6GHz.

And I am also running a 4870 1gb too, so I am where you might want to be.....

Edit: Also the Q8200 is garbage. The Q6600 is much better in terms of overclocking not to mention more cache.
Edited by AMC - 8/8/11 at 8:50am
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I did what you are planning on doing now. I replaced a E5200 which was 4.0GHz stable and replaced it with a Q6600. I am happy with the move since I did it cheap. Games like Team Fortress 2 run much smoother because TF2 is CPU intensive. I only have the Q6600 at 3.33GHz, because the motherboard it is in can't push it higher, it's an old chipset.

Windows wise, it feels snappier and faster in my opinion. And multi tasking is better (video, web, IM, etc at once).

I would upgrade. It will be a nice performance boost, especially if you can push it to 3.6GHz.

And I am also running a 4870 1gb too, so I am where you might want to be.....

Edit: Also the Q8200 is garbage. The Q6600 is much better in terms of overclocking not to mention more cache.
thanks, I'm gonna make the jump, i had 3 on ebay, one @ £60 , another £55 and another £55 .. i got to buy the first one.. someone else gets it within that 30 seconds.. go to bid £55 for the other one.. someone gets it for £56.50 .. go to make an offer for £50 on the last one.. someone else made an offer earlier and the seller accepts £43 right before i offer.. is the q6600 some god or something!! but i may have to invest in a new board, as ill be wanting to over clock this..

EDIT- ASUS P5W DH a good over clocker? could take that motherboard swell for £45.
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thanks, I'm gonna make the jump, i had 3 on ebay, one @ £60 , another £55 and another £55 .. i got to buy the first one.. someone else gets it within that 30 seconds.. go to bid £55 for the other one.. someone gets it for £56.50 .. go to make an offer for £50 on the last one.. someone else made an offer earlier and the seller accepts £43 right before i offer.. is the q6600 some god or something!! but i may have to invest in a new board, as ill be wanting to over clock this..

EDIT- ASUS P5W DH a good over clocker? could take that motherboard swell for £45.
The Q6600 is an awesome CPU. It is a great performing chip no doubt. Your motherboard is not going to be good on the overclocking side. Integrated graphics will limit your overclock for sure not too mention your low power phase count.

That other board is old, it's on the 975 chipset. I am running on the P965 chipset (It is one generation newer) and I have limits with this chip. I would get a P35 at least if you want to push the chip. I don't trust ebay for chips though; they could be duds. I would rather get one from the marketplace here.
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a q8200 is a very good chip,pick one up leave it stock then grab a new mobo later down the road and start overclocking.
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