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Upgrading E6600->E8400/8500 on 680i Advice

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Hello, as the title suggests I'm thinking of switching my E6600 for either an E8400/8500. I've been (conservatively) running my E6600 at 3.0Ghz on an EVGA 680i A1. I've got a couple of questions before I dive in and buy one though.

What can I expect in terms of an 'easy' overclock to get just from switching CPU's - is 4.0Ghz as easy as 3.0Ghz was on the 6600? I'm on water cooling for the CPU only btw.

In real terms (apps/games etc) how noticeable will it be in terms of performace if I do switch, and with the price currently ~£30 difference is the 8500 worth it given that I'll be O/C'ing it a bit but not pushing anything like the limits?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT - Main reason I posted in motherboards was that I really want to know if the 680i is going to cut it with either of these CPU's
Edited by MonkeyMike - 7/9/08 at 3:25am
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The e8400 I would say are pretty easy to get 3.8.
I ran my old one at 3.83 as soon as I took it out of the box until I traded it off.
Some will do 4.0 within safe voltage limits.
The 680i will run the 45nm dual core but not the quad.
Its a simple matter of updating your bios.
I think the one you want is p32.
Unless there is a newer one out.
Honestly as far as gaming I dont see any difference between the e8400 I had and the e6300 @3.0 Im using now.
But you will see a big difference on other things such as folding,super pi,and benchmarks.
Regardless you will not be disappointed.
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Thanks for the advice, I'm pretty sure I'm on P32 because I flashed not long ago trying to fix another issue (not in front of my PC to check). I think given the cost involved I might as well upgrade because I'm pretty sure my GFX card would be better off with a faster CPU.
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WD VRaptor 300GB DVD-R/CD-RW Vista 64 Dell 2407WFP 
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WD VRaptor 300GB DVD-R/CD-RW Vista 64 Dell 2407WFP 
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