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Core 2 Quad Q8400 time for a upgrade?

Poll Results: Upgrade or Hold out.

 
  • 71% (5)
    Upgrade
  • 28% (2)
    Hold out we believe in you.
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post #1 of 18
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I currently have the computer that is in my Sig. I recently got a second GTS 250 for my system. My question is, is it time to upgrade or can I hold out for longer. I am getting a new 23 monitor (1080p) I plan to use that resolution for my desktop, and lower end games, then I would probably use 1600x900 or lower for more intensive games. For those intensive games I have no problem playing on medium, and I almost never use anti aliasing or any filters at that. I also plan to overclock my CPU to 3.0ghz or higher depending on what my chip wants to do, I have read that the q series are not the best overclockers.

I have the money to do a $600 build but I just do not want to, I want to hold out as long as I can. Would I see a big increase in performance going to a 2500k, and a 560ti or something along the lines. I play BF3 medium settings, BC2 med settings, Scorce engine games maxed out, and the Assassin's Creed series that I just got into.
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post #2 of 18
Have fun Ocing that pig. I had the same cpu and hated it. I would upgrade. Although you would probably be fine for a while but if you plan on upgrading anything go gpus last.
post #3 of 18
oc that first. if you're not happy with the performance then upgrade if you want. a friend of mine had the same cpu. he said it was really slow. he had an aftermarket cooelr so I overclocked his q8400 to 3.1ghz. he was really happy for the performance increase. I was never thanked so much in one day lol
post #4 of 18
Hmmm... If you looking at big increase in performance you will probably want to go with the 2500k, and 560ti / 580.

Anything you do with that system would be minimal with respect to performance boost.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sumatra View Post

Have fun Ocing that pig. I had the same cpu and hated it. I would upgrade. Although you would probably be fine for a while but if you plan on upgrading anything go gpus last.

Your scaring me, I hope I can at least get to 3ghz
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post #6 of 18
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oc that first. if you're not happy with the performance then upgrade if you want. a friend of mine had the same cpu. he said it was really slow. he had an aftermarket cooelr so I overclocked his q8400 to 3.1ghz. he was really happy for the performance increase. I was never thanked so much in one day lol

I really want to overclock the cpu, but my motherboard requires a jumper, and I do not have one at the moment, and I cannot justify websites charging $10 for a 10pack when I only need one.
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post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Virgle144 View Post

I really want to overclock the cpu, but my motherboard requires a jumper, and I do not have one at the moment, and I cannot justify websites charging $10 for a 10pack when I only need one.

Can you make one?
post #8 of 18
the intel ivybridge chips are coming out in april so i would wait until they come out before i would change the cpu
the graphics card is the best upgrade you could do at the moment
if you get a nvdea 560 you will see a better inprovment in games than if you did a cpu upgrade
    
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post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Virgle144 View Post

I really want to overclock the cpu, but my motherboard requires a jumper, and I do not have one at the moment, and I cannot justify websites charging $10 for a 10pack when I only need one.

i thought it comes with a jumper already? did you lose it?

check frys or a radio shack they should have one. or any electronic store.
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post #10 of 18
Here at OCN its always upgrade time! but seriously, if you gunna just be running lower end games, that rig is fine for now, and honestly i cant see you upgrading very much with only 600 dollars, i would hold out, as for how much a 2500K and a 560ti would do in comparison, well it would do noticeably better. for jumpering, basically anything conductive =P go to The Source or some small electronics store, they are bound to have them, or buy some of kijiji, or even grab an old motherboard
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