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What do you mean not much of a difference? Do you mean less difference in games and such? That wouldn't be expected much though, since games rely on the GPU more than the CPU. Also, overclock that E8400.
    
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There must be a difference. I had the 939 rig in my sig and then i switched to my Intel sig rig. Not even close to yours. But compared to my 939 the improvement was dramatic.
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Come back to AMD....you know you want to.... all thew hype and high dollars for an intel system isnt worth it
    
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From what you wrote, my simple answer is that you weren't expecting too much, you were expecting the wrong things.

Your CPU and motherboard aren't going to make your games load any faster than what you had, not unless you were really under-powered before. Your hard disk is the limiting agent and probably didn't get appreciably faster because you switched the CPU.

But the difference between your AMD CPU and that E8400 ought to be glaring in things that are really CPU hungry. How are your FPS in UT3? With my Crossfire I found that I was very much CPU bound in UT3 until I got the clock up past 3.0GHz. You should find that games play smoother, frame rates are higher, etc. You might find that you can play MP3's in media player while you're rocking UT3 with less frame drop.

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Having just upgraded from a 939 X2 3800+ Toledo to my new E8400, I noticed not a huge difference but a very noticable one. Gameplay was alot smoother, load times faster & in CQC is where I noticed the biggest improvement. Also when I'm encoding video for a DVD the E8400 was ~50% faster, where it took me 45 mins to get a DVD burned & encoded w/3800+(10% OC'd) & now with the E8400(stock speeds) it got cut down to 1/2 an hour.(using Nero8)
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Having just upgraded from a 939 X2 3800+ Toledo to my new E8400, I noticed not a huge difference but a very noticable one. Gameplay was alot smoother, load times faster & in CQC is where I noticed the biggest improvement. Also when I'm encoding video for a DVD the E8400 was ~50% faster, where it took me 45 mins to get a DVD burned & encoded w/3800+(10% OC'd) & now with the E8400(stock speeds) it got cut down to 1/2 an hour.(using Nero8)
But does it justify the price ?
    
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But does it justify the price ?
Well for me no. I ended up last night, reinstalling the os again from scratch. Didnt really notice much difference still. My benchmarks were higher but who cares, my performance in gaming stayed about the same, I dont really encode video so that didnt really matter to me. I got about 5 more fps in UT3 than with my AMD.

So I took them back, bought me a 750gb HD, G5 mouse, and came home and overclocked the crap out of my AMD.

And spent a whole lot less money. Ill probably upgrade to a quad intel here eventually but for now Ill stick with AMD.
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Well for me no. I ended up last night, reinstalling the os again from scratch. Didnt really notice much difference still. My benchmarks were higher but who cares, my performance in gaming stayed about the same, I dont really encode video so that didnt really matter to me. I got about 5 more fps in UT3 than with my AMD.

So I took them back, bought me a 750gb HD, G5 mouse, and came home and overclocked the crap out of my AMD.

And spent a whole lot less money. Ill probably upgrade to a quad intel here eventually but for now Ill stick with AMD.
If you wanted performance out of your hard-drive, you should have taken a look at a Raptor.

More capacity isn't going to make your computer faster.. Cache and RPM's is.
    
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Can we assume you also loaded the latest Nvidia drivers for your mobo's chipset?
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post #40 of 85
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Went out last night and bought a EVGA 780i board and an E8400.

My rig is

EVGA 780i
E8400
2gb OCZ pc-6400
XFX 8800GTS Alpha Dog

Only thing I switched was my motherboard and processor.

I had an EVGA 590 and an Athlon 64 x2 3800

I honestly can say that I noticed almost no difference in speed. I dunno if Im just expecting too much, but everyone I talked to and everything I read said to buy this processor.

And honestly it loaded up my battlefield 2142 maybe 2 seconds faster. UT3 same thing. And crysis changed to say I could run at high instead of medium(but everyone says that game is coded so poorly its not a good benchmark)

Was I just expecting too much? Or what? I thought coming from a 1.9ghz proc with a 512k L2 cache this increase would be huge.

Or maybe not, I dunno. But this upgrade was definately not worth the almost 500 I spent on it.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions..... Id like to keep it if I can see a real difference
You were expecting too much. Processors generally have a very long life when it comes to performance. It's the same reason why I haven't made the switch to Intel myself. For gaming a new GPU will always make the bigger difference. The main reason why people on here tend to say that the E8400's or all of the new chips are blazing fast is because they benchmark with 3dmark and see their score go through the roof or because of epeen.

If I were you I would return it, socket 775 is a very old and dead socket. I would wait for Nehalem or AMD Bulldozer which will both be on brand new sockets that are sure to last a very long time. For all of these people saying that they noticed a dramatic difference between their socket 939 and Intel core2 processor. I honestly think that its placebo or they are lying. I can load up anything instantaneously and everything is extremely snappy feeling. I honestly do not know how it could feel any faster unless I was doing some sort of encoding/decoding which still is very fast on my system. I can play all of my games maxed no problem so I don't see what the big deal is when it comes to buying a new processor every 6 months.
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