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I'm a gamer and want to upgrade my current CPU (specs below). The Intel E6600 seems best way to go.
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You might want to stick with AMD just for the sake that you would have to get a new motherboard, memory AND PROCESSOR.

AMD is going to be slashing prices again on their dual core opterons Oct. 31. You could then get a GREAT processor for about 150 bucks. That would totally tide you over until you really want to do all out.

source: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4503
    
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I'm a gamer and want to upgrade my current CPU (specs below). The Intel E6600 seems best way to go. Am I on the right track? -

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You'll indeed need to upgrade CPU/RAM/MoBo.

If you planning to spend like $600, then that's a good idea. If the budget is less, then just a CPU upgrade is preferred.

I'd get an E6400 myself to be honest to save some monye on the CPU, if you go for the full upgrade.
    
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With ram at the prices they are, 600 dollars would be a modest upgrade. He would probably end up with less ram (at only mediocre specs), a decent motherboard (no 250 dollar Asus or Abit), and the 6400. E6600 is still like 300+ bucks!

I would really advise sticking with the components you have. You can get compariable SYSTEM (I said system, not raw CPU power) performance out of a nice X2 or Opteron.
    
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Sorry K9, I can't disagree with you more.

The E6600 IS the best choice for performance/dollar.

For the price of a new mobo, RAM & the E6600, you'll have a rig that will last you quite some time, not just 'tide you over'. The only real upgrade that might be prudent after that would be a DX10 card when Vista & DX10 are released & become mainstream.

EDIT: Additionally, the RAM you have should still garner you a decent price on the market right now, and selling your current CPU, mobo & RAM will offest the costs quite well. It'll still cost you some green to upgrade to the E6600, but after selling your current stuff, it will be far more than worth it.
    
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Wow, you guys are fast, heheh.

Well, the RAM and the video card are both only about 3 weeks old. I bought them on Chozart's recommendations in a different thread. So there's no way I want to get rid of the RAM just now.

I guess the initial question needs to be re-phrased:
What would be the best CPU upgrade for my current mobo?

Sounds like it might be best if I wait until after October 31, and just upgrade to Opteron.

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In that case, grab yourself a CCBBE or CCB2E Opty 165 for your board. You should be able to easily obtain 2.8 to 3.0GHz (with good cooling) from that.
    
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Opteron indeed

$600 buys you more then just a basic Core 2 Duo rig. $300 for top-notch DDR2 800 RAM, $180 for the E6300, and $110 for a Gigabyte P965 S3 motherboard. Beats anything AMD has to offer, including FX (when that E6300 is overclocked, and 3.0GHz should be attainable with these parts)
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Opteron indeed

$600 buys you more then just a basic Core 2 Duo rig. $300 for top-notch DDR2 800 RAM, $180 for the E6300, and $110 for a Gigabyte P965 S3 motherboard. Beats anything AMD has to offer, including FX (when that E6300 is overclocked, and 3.0GHz should be attainable with these parts)
Agreed.

If you're going for just a CPU, go with the Opty. If you can swing $600 +/-, go with the C2D build suggested by Chozart. He knows his :turd:
    
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Well, the $600 is not really an issue, but I'd feel like I was chasing my tail if I was to throw out brand new parts (RAM).

I think I'll just do the Opty upgrade for now. Would 165 be best? 170? 175? 180? Not sure how much performance boost there is, but I don't mind spending an extra $50 or $100 on the CPU upgrade..........

thanks, you guys are big help.

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