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how much faster is an i5 (none K) 3XXX or 4XXX over my 3.4Ghz Q6600 in games?
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Heres a great review where they pit an overclocked an old core 2 duo and quad against modern systems. they use a q9550 overclocked and an e8400. this should answer your question thoroughly. But in summary it should be a huge difference. they used ivy bridge systems, so haswell has a ~10% gain on top of that.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-wolfdale-yorkfield-comparison,3487.html
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you can also note that you can sell your motherboard for a pretty decent amount, at least here in the US, and just in day to day operation the newer cpu just feels more responsive, also the minimum frame rates is what is more important to me because frame rates dipping especially in cpu intensive games is aggravating.

Anyways i digress, solely for gaming your first upgrade when it comes to gaming is the GPU, thats where you would see the biggest and most noticeable difference in gaming, unless you are playing something like SC2 or Skyrim, as they are more CPU bound and are also big on singe core performance. so if you can find a decent GPU, something like a 750ti is not super expensive and would give you a big gain over what you have and will also have the added benefit of requiring less power so you wont have to upgrade your power supply smile.gif
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post #4 of 13
Although if you're running a GTX460 there might not be a big difference.
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you also have to figure in that
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Although if you're running a GTX460 there might not be a big difference.

haha i didnt even check what he was running, anyways what gpu would you suggest?
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You should see a increase of 60%+ in cpu demanding games.on fps probably a 50% improvement
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You should see a increase of 60%+ in cpu demanding games.on fps probably a 50% improvement

that paired with something more potent like a gtx 760, would be a pretty huge gain, and i know i said 750ti, but that is in the same tier as what you already have, except that it is just more efficient and has a newer architecture.
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Selling up now is a good option; I went from a Q9400, 6GB of RAM and a EP45-UD3P to a 3570k, 16GB RAM and a mid-range board for about $50 including shipping.
 
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Heres a great review where they pit an overclocked an old core 2 duo and quad against modern systems. they use a q9550 overclocked and an e8400. this should answer your question thoroughly. But in summary it should be a huge difference. they used ivy bridge systems, so haswell has a ~10% gain on top of that.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-wolfdale-yorkfield-comparison,3487.html

The OP has got a 65nm Kentsfield not a 45nm Yorkfield.

The difference between an overclocked Yorkfield (4 Ghz) and a 4770k isn't huge. It's, in fact, 99% the same.

I should know as I went from QX9650@4GHz to a 4770k.

If you read the article you quoted, you will see how well the Yorkfields perform.

In the OP's case however, he will see a substantial improvement, as the Q6600 was significantly slower and overclocked a lot less.
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The OP has got a 65nm Kentsfield not a 45nm Yorkfield.

The difference between an overclocked Yorkfield (4 Ghz) and a 4770k isn't huge. It's, in fact, 99% the same.

I should know as I went from QX9650@4GHz to a 4770k.

If you read the article you quoted, you will see how well the Yorkfields perform.

In the OP's case however, he will see a substantial improvement, as the Q6600 was significantly slower and overclocked a lot less.

I know that he does and the yorkfield is newer and runs cooler and is slightly faster clock for clock as I mentioned, and yes it's OC'ed further, but I linked it because it gives a good ballpark comparison to a modern CPU!

Also in everyday task a core 2 quad is more than enough and should feel the same, most people shouldn't notice the difference. And as you stated, yes the core 2 quad is still a viable gaming option as shown in their q9550 keeping up, but my point was that cpu is better than what he has now and upgrading it would net him a pretty noticeable upgrade, and on to my main point that the biggest change he will see is if he upgraded the graphics card first! Even if it was bottlenecked it would an upgrade is still an upgrade, and he can look at replacing his CPU, RAM, and Motherboard, and re installing windows, if he had to replace his q6600, so the GPU is a no hassle, and noticeable upgrade smile.gif
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