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So I have a Frankenstein build of spare parts for my girlfriend right now and it runs halfway decent. She plays diablo 3, WoW and skyrim with me.

E2140 OC to 3.8 GHZ
4GB ram
Momentus xt Hybrid drive
HD6950
Corsair h50
A decent 600 watt power supply

I wanted to give her an upgrade but stay under 150-200$
I know its a socket 775, I was thinking of finding a used q6600 and overclocking it. Or would it be better to move to something newer? Any recommendations would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 12
Yeah, I'd go for the Q6600!
post #3 of 12
I'd look for a Q9550 instead of a Q6600, if the motherboard supports it. Better processor, but I'm not sure what the used market is on them.
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Yup, Q6600 + OC thumb.gif
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Well, a Core 2 Quad of your choice really. Whatever deal you find
post #6 of 12
Not much room for a upgrade with that budget. Best choice is to upgrade the processor.
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Phenom II x4 + free board if you live near microcenter. http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx
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Originally Posted by paowidefw View Post

Phenom II x4 + free board if you live near microcenter. http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx
Not a bad idea but a thing to keep is mind is that LGA 775 boards only support DDR2 RAM so OP would have to invest money into new RAM as well.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Arksz View Post

So I have a Frankenstein build of spare parts for my girlfriend right now and it runs halfway decent. She plays diablo 3, WoW and skyrim with me.

heh...you make it sound like you built your girlfriend from spare parts.

but yeah...a Q6600 would be fine for most games if not all of them and the 6950 would be a good match for it.
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post #10 of 12
Hmmmm

Diablo 3 CPU scaling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performance-benchmark,3195-6.html
I see no benefit to a CPU upgrade of any sort here. They're getting 80FPS MINIMUMs on a Phenom II X2 @2GHZ.

WoW CPU scaling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-directx-11-performance,2793-9.html
No benefit over 2 cores. Not sure if Mists of Pandaria changed this?

Skyrim CPU scaline: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-benchmark,3074-9.html
No benefit over 2 cores.


The only CPU upgrade that will make a difference at this point would be to a more modern architecture that has better PER CORE performance. Obviously, that means CPU/MOBO/RAM. If it were me personally I would hold out till Haswell before upgrading that rig unless you start playing a new game that actually chokes on that CPU.

I don't know much about the 775 platform but I am interested about how you were able to get a 1.6GHZ chip to run at 3.8GHZ? I guess they were just very under-clocked from the factory perhaps? That E2140 @ 3.8GHZ should be performing almost dead on par with a stock clocked E8500.

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Eric
Edited by mdocod - 10/17/12 at 8:28pm
     
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