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I am looking to slowly upgrade my PC a few parts at a time. At the moment I am thinking of upgrading the Processor along with the motherboard. As you can see I have a 8800gt and want a good cpu/mb combo to go along with that my focus being games and game performance. I have little knowledge about the types of CPU at the moment on the market. One question is are Quad processors generally overall better than Dual cores, or are they just different, better for some types of usage, but not all?

I would be extremely grateful if you guys can suggest to me a good combo for less than 300$. I prefer an Intel processor and dont mind the motherboard manufacturer aslong as its a good one.I also would like the motherboard to have 2 video card slots- SLI compatible.

Thanks a lot
Edited by jasenvodoo - 12/22/08 at 2:04pm
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Quad core is IMO still overkill for most things, just go for a dual core. E8400 or similar depending on price range, an e7200 or even an e5200. I currently have my e5200 at 3.36ghz 10 hours orthos stable, just need to upgrade my video card.

For the motherboard try going with a 750i or 780i if you can find one for a descent price.
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Thanks for your reply.

I do want something that I will not replace sometime soon, so Quad is better than Duo right ?

For the CPUs you suggested I assume that e8400 > e7200 > e5200 correct ?

More replyes and suggestions are most welcome
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I wouldn't normally recommend a dual core processor, but since you're short on cash and want SLI...

Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7300 - Retail
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


$284.98 - $30.00 MIR = $254.98

You can upgrade the processor to a quad core in a few months when you get some more money.
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I would just add that, if you're looking at the 7xx series SLI boards - 750i or 780i - I would go with the 750i, unless you really want to run 3 cards at once. 750i only does SLI, not tri-SLI, but from personal experience and the testimony of others, I get the impression that the 750i is more stable and more trouble-free, and overclocks just fine. If I could do it again, I'd get a 750i instead of a 780i.

edit: of course, the 750i is also a bit cheaper, which might help too.
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Thanks for the replyes. As I said i am looking for something that wouldnt need replacing for some time. I can see Q6600 seems to be a big favourite, so I was thinking of something: if I buy it, is it really needed for me to do a motherboard upgrade ?

My motherboard specs are :
- LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D Processors
- Compatible with Intel® FMB 06/05B/05A processors
- Intel® 945G + ICH7 chipset
- 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz FSB
- PCI Express X16
- MAX 4 * SATA 300/150
- Compliant with RoHS

http://uk.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=...20&modelmenu=1

I do not know about either CPU or motherboard, so my question is : would it be wise to just buy the CPU now, would it run as intended ?
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That board that you have now apparently won't support the newer 45nm dual cores. So you'll have to get rid of it.
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