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Hey, I believe I must upgrade my CPU. Here are my Specs.


G31M-ES2L LGA775
4850HD non-reference Sapphire
2x OCZ Gold XTC 2GB DDR2-800
c2d e4300

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I believe I have to said that I have had some problems overclocking my CPU. It did go up to 2.8GhZ but it worked for only about a week. After that it wouldn't want to overclock at all. Now, after several months and a GPU+PSU upgrade I tried again and I oc'd it to 2GhZ, but it also worked only a while, before failing at post and resetting. Maybe I have been doing something wrong?


I play a lot of games, but I favour all-over system performance over gaming FPS. So a quad might be in place. On the other hand I've read that e8400>>>q8400 in system perf, and gaming perf.

Which CPU is the way for me?

Does my mobo even support any of these processors, or will it bottleneck?

Thanks for your replies!
post #2 of 4
E8400 beats Q8400 so easy, Q8400 is like the Celeron of Quads so steer clear..
I get 3.71ghz out of my G31 mobo and im happy with it

Your GPU is reasonably powerfull so Id leave it until you can afford like a GTX460 or something..
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Do you have a good CPU cooling fan?
Your mobo supports all Socket 775 CPU's but I don't waste your money on a quadcore if you're only into gaming and normal computer use.

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-down....aspx?pid=3485
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A list of supported cpu's
http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downl....aspx?pid=2889

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