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I'm a full on gamer. My addiction is Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts. What would be the best CPU upgrade given I don't care how much it costs and given this list of supported CPU's for my mobo? No OC'ing, No nothing, Straight outta the box and into the mobo.

You would figure that a Quad would be better, however, I have floated around this site before I signed up to ask this question that some people would prefer the duo models over the quads. This is why I ask you to help me.

These are the processors that are on the Top Tier of the CPU's. My mobo can handle much more but I know these to be the best that it can support aside from Xeons and Extremes which are just WAY to expensive for me given my earlier quote.

Core 2 Duo E8200 (2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W)
Core 2 Duo E8300 (2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W)
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W)
Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W)
Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q6700 (2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,4 cores)

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CPU upgrade probably isn't the best thing you can do for gaming when you have an 8500GT....but then again anything over an 8500GT might be bottle-necked by the CPU...still, I'd recommend a graphics card upgrade before a CPU upgrade.

Anyway if you do get a CPU, all the ones you listed are excellent. I have an E8400, I wish I had gone with a quad instead though, but the E8400's higher clock speed will help for gaming. If you want a more budget CPU that performs well, check out the dual core E7200, comes clocked at 2.53 GHz and be overclocked easily...I know you said no overclocking...but come on....if you don't plan on overclocking because you don't know how, we will teach you.
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CPU upgrade probably isn't the best thing you can do for gaming when you have an 8500GT....but then again anything over an 8500GT might be bottle-necked by the CPU...still, I'd recommend a graphics card upgrade before a CPU upgrade.

Anyway if you do get a CPU, all the ones you listed are excellent. I have an E8400, I wish I had gone with a quad instead though, but the E8400's higher clock speed will help for gaming. If you want a more budget CPU that performs well, check out the dual core E7200, comes clocked at 2.53 GHz and be overclocked easily...I know you said no overclocking...but come on....if you don't plan on overclocking because you don't know how, we will teach you.
I'm under the impression that the Quad Core would have 4 x 2.66Ghz. The E8400s speed of 2 x 3.0Ghz... how does this equate???

And I would like to figure out how to overclock, however, it just seems complicated with the soldering and such. Thats a whole different topic... prolly in FAQs though.

P.S. e-GeForce 8800 GT AKIMBO on the way =P 1GB of DDR3!
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I'm under the impression that the Quad Core would have 4 x 2.66Ghz. The E8400s speed of 2 x 3.0Ghz... how does this equate???

And I would like to figure out how to overclock, however, it just seems complicated with the soldering and such. Thats a whole different topic... prolly in FAQs though.
If you want to learn how to overclock. You really need to understand how easy it is to solder. All you do is take some flux, apply it to the open connections. Heat up the soldering iron, and just pop that 66 ohm resistor in place. Piece of cake.

Seriously. Who ever told you that you have to solder anything??? All you do is go into the bios and change a few settings. If you are a big gamer I would recommend the E7200 or the E8400. Just read up on a few threads. It's as easy as raising the vcore and the FSB.
    
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If you want to learn how to overclock. You really need to understand how easy it is to solder. All you do is take some flux, apply it to the open connections. Heat up the soldering iron, and just pop that 66 ohm resistor in place. Piece of cake.

Seriously. Who ever told you that you have to solder anything??? All you do is go into the bios and change a few settings. If you are a big gamer I would recommend the E7200 or the E8400. Just read up on a few threads. It's as easy as raising the vcore and the FSB.
Okay... but why not quad? Whats the reasoning there? Isn't it even more powerful, able to handle more information than a duo albeit a slower ghz?

And I have never really looked into overclocking. Last I heard, overclocking involved soldering but that may have been years ago.
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Core 2 Duo E8400 is your best bet, in games out right processor speed will win you FPS. And a Duo-core will clock higher. Reasoning? Most games will only make use of 1-2 cores, its the way they are coded. Some games out there are making use of 3-4 cores, but I don't think I've seen anyone get more FPS out of them then a overclocked Duo core. Its harder to code something for multi-threading (proper terminology?) so thats why we see more 1-2 core apps.

*Edit* I say my quad-core games not getting more FPS then an overclocked duo with care, I haven't seen much in the way for benchies on it just word of mouth, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
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Core 2 Duo E8400 is your best bet, in games out right processor speed will win you FPS.
Okay now between the 8400 and 8500... in Ghz there isn't much difference but overclocking wise... which model would reign superior?
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