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Hi guys,

Just a question. I've been thinking of maybe updating my system a bit, but I'm not sure. I only use it probably 4 or 5 months out of the year (student) so I'm not sure if it makes sense.

Is the E8400 that far behind? As in, in the real world, how does it stack up and how will it continue to stack up? And if I upgrade my GPU (GTX460 1GB) will it bottleneck?


If it can hold its own I'll wait till I graduate (2 years) and rebuild the entire works. Right now I just don't know if its worth it for a new MB, CPU, and RAM for the use I get from it, but if it's not going to be able to play games well in the meantime....

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 32
that chip still kicks. and no it won't bottleneck the 460 to 470/560/560ti at all.
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post #3 of 32
A couple years ago I replaced my E8400 with a QX9550 and was blown away by the upgrade. This year, I was once again blown away when I built the i5 rig I am using now.

So, to answer your question, the E8400 is slow as snails by today's standard. I refuse to tell you that you need to upgrade though. At work they are upgrading the computers and the new computers have the E8400 in them.

From the sounds of things to me, you don't use your computer enough to replace it yet. You can play games at low settings and still enjoy them with your current build.
     
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post #4 of 32
if you do alot of heavy stuff and need the power go for it, but if you just web browse and play games that dont need that big deal, stay there man, you dont need to use dat money of yours
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post #5 of 32
It's a good reliable processor, and it doesn't seem that you have the need to have eyeball watering speed yet.

Hold on, and in 2 years, buy the best you can and keep it for another 10 years.
    
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post #6 of 32
My E6400 (3.06 ghz) bottlenecked the hell out of my 470 with even BF:BC2: 100% usage on both cores and under 50% on GPU.
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post #7 of 32
You won't be bottlenecked, I ran a E5400 with a GTX 460 and it ran perfectly, as for the CPU, it is slow compared to what you can get these days but if you won't use it all the time, upgrading it might not be wise.
Stick with what you have till you graduate thumb.gif
Edited by trojan92 - 12/12/12 at 3:19pm
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Originally Posted by OCScrub View Post

My E6400 (3.06 ghz) bottlenecked the hell out of my 470 with even BF:BC2: 100% usage on both cores and under 50% on GPU.

I'd put the E6400 WAY below the E8400 TBH. E6400 sucked when I built this thing.
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post #9 of 32
It's not slow (not clocked at 4Ghz at least) but as you know, it's got nothing on the current i series range of chips.

As for the upgrade, I wouldn't do it considering your usage. If possible though, I would see if you can grab a cheap Q9550 or something similar. If you can't then don't bother, save the cash for a nice Haswell or Broadwell build.
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Quote:
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if you do alot of heavy stuff and need the power go for it, but if you just web browse and play games that dont need that big deal, stay there man, you dont need to use dat money of yours

I agree with this, that system will still play almost anything sure some stuff you will have to run on low but w/e. I say build a new rig in a couple years when you finish.
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