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Hmm...Buy new mobo to OC my Q6600 or go AM3 or LGA 1155?

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Rig is the same as my sig. I've got a Q6600 currently, but can't overclock it at all and get it stable on my Nvidia 650i mobo.

I'm debating buying a used P35 board and upping the Q6600 to 3-3.4ghz from 2.4ghz stock. Should that give me a good boost in FPS? I game at 1920x1080 and the games I play are BF:BC2, Company of Heroes, Batman, Assassins Creed 2, NFS Shift, Dirt 3.

Or I could buy a cheap LGA 1155 board, an i3 2100, and DDR3. Or even go with an AM3 mobo, DDR3, and a 3.5-4.0ghz Phenom X4

Money is limited so I can't buy an i5 2500k and a nice Z68 or P67 mobo
post #2 of 9
.... Actually if you sell you CPU on ebay, and I'm sure the asian guy in maine will buy it. You could easily get an i5 2500k... especially since you live in STL like me. Microcenter is your friend


Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler 27.99

i5 2500K 179.99

Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600 34.99

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 for 74.00 when purchased with 2500k


Total: 317.96
Tax:29.98
Grand Total: 347.94

Also that board has a $15 MIR

Grandtotal : 332.94

I sold my q9550 on ebay for $200 another user on here did the same, both sold to the same asian guy in Maine within 48 hours of eachother lol.

bet your Q6600 could go for $100-150 if not more
Edited by PappaSmurfsHarem - 10/17/11 at 5:27pm
     
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post #3 of 9
Yes, you will get an increase. How much all depends on how high you are able to OC your Q.

Of course, you will get a larger increase going 1155. AM3 will give a decent increase, but not enough to warrant the difference in upgrade cost from what you have compared to the 1155 socket, IMO.

As to which you should do, I say all depends on your budget. If it is limited, I may suggest putting more in the VGA and get the P35 board.

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i personally would just go 1155 as clock for clock they are better.
 
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I wish they'de bring that i5 2500k back down to $150! Tempted to buy a 2500K as I probly woulnd't need a new CPU for years. I just realzied I'de need to buy a new DVD drive to as I have IDE
Edited by scheibler - 10/17/11 at 5:32pm
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i'm voting for the "get a better board and OC what you have" am3 isn't THAT much better
1155 is noticeably faster..in SOME aspects..yeah..i tried to go budget..came out of the store $550 poorer..you can squeeze more out of that chip and get noticeable gains smile.gif mayhaps a better video card..
Edited by Schmuckley - 10/17/11 at 5:32pm
 
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Originally Posted by scheibler;15347600 
I wish they'de bring that i5 2500k back down to $150! Tempted to buy a 2500K as I probly woulnd't need a new CPU for years

Read my post #2
     
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http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?cat=MBB

I'd go for the cheap LGA775 motherboard route. $50 is much cheaper than $200+150+$30. If you have more money than I, however, than I'd go for the i5-2500k route. I'm personally not upgrading until Haswell, mostly because I don't feel that SB warrants a $400 upgrade.
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For the price, as stated by many before, go with the i5 2500K setup. It's an extremely affordable, yet very powerful setup.

It's what I'm running currently in my new build that I finished yesterday, and it's fast.

Also, if you want a performance boost, look into an SSD boot / game drive.
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