Originally Posted by CrackClocker
Very interesting, I was thinking exactly the same thing, I mean how much of a difference is this processor going to make. I heard the e8400 was godly in gaming but how does it really compare to an e2180 overclocked to 3.7ghz? Now that is the question that is needed to be answered before I make any decision.
I have never owned an E8400 so I can't speak from experience. But I'm willing to bet no one claiming to keep the E8400 has owned both. Here's what I do know, the E8400 averages about 3.8-4.1GHz overclocked, which is 100-400MHz faster than your E2180. It also comes with 6MB cache versus the 1MB cache of the E2180. So it's definitely better, but the question becomes how much better, and is it going to improve anything you're currently doing? From what I've heard, Crysis is very GPU limited, and the 8800GS isn't all that great. I would be very shocked if the E2180 is the cause of your bottleneck in this game. So basically the E8400 would future proof you and make day-to-day operation smoother by what's most likely an insignificant amount. I doubt it would improve Crysis performance.
So IMO, it comes down to this. Keep the E2180 and get the MP3 player that you know you want, and stay pretty happy with your computer. Or, keep the E8400, be disappointed that you don't have the MP3 player, and see a tiny boost in performance from your computer, but probably not in Crysis. I'd do the MP3 player but that's just me, everyone else seems to think you'll like the small bump in CPU performance more than the MP3 player. I guess ultimately, it's up to you.