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As someone who also came from a Q6600 build before going Sandy, the difference is very noticeable, especially in older/less graphically intense games.

For example, my stock Q6600 used to get occasional stuttering and fps dips in source games (as sad as that is) with my GTX 460. My fps in L4D2 would drop from 120+ down to the 20s. It was pretty jarring.

That same 460 paired with my 2600k never dipped below 80.

That said, if you upgrade to SB, you will need better ram. At least 4GB DDR3 at 1333MHz imo. Although 1600 is considered the price/performance sweet spot atm if you can stretch your budget.
Must have been something wrong with your socket 775 setup...
    
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Must have been something wrong with your socket 775 setup...
The only thing wrong with it was the slow cpu . A stock Q6600 is only 2.4GHz, and mine didn't OC well.
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The only thing wrong with it was the slow cpu . A stock Q6600 is only 2.4GHz, and mine didn't OC well.
Even if it was running at stock I find it strange it would dip all the way down to 20 fps in those source games...

At least overclocked 3GHz + socket 775 Quad Cores are still great for gaming.
    
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Even if it was running at stock I find it strange it would dip all the way down to 20 fps in those source games...

At least overclocked 3GHz + socket 775 Quad Cores are still great for gaming.
A C2Q at 3GHz or higher is still very capable. Even at stock no games were "unplayable," just annoying with the occasional dips.

That said, SB runs absolute circles around C2Q at any speed.
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Most games are GPU limited anyway. I bet you would not see any Difference in Crysis Warhead between a Q9550/9650 at 3.8GHz VS a Sandybridge 2600K at 5GHz, when using GTX 570/580 at 1920x1200 + at everthing at max.
    
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Most games are GPU limited anyway. I bet you would not see any Difference in Crysis Warhead between a Q9550/9650 at 3.8GHz VS a Sandybridge 2600K at 5GHz, when using GTX 570/580 at 1920x1200 + at everthing at max.
Most games? Eh, not really. Super graphically intense games like Crysis and Metro are, though even Crysis actually responds fairly well to increased CPU performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20

Considering most games are console ports these days, very few actually push your GPU to the max these days.
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Most games? Eh, not really. Super graphically intense games like Crysis and Metro are, though even Crysis actually responds fairly well to increased CPU performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/20

Considering most games are console ports these days, very few actually push your GPU to the max these days.
If you look into the link you posted. And look at that Phenom II at 3.5GHz.. It is not that far behind those top-notch cpu's in those games. Now look at it this way, A Q9xxx with 12MB Cache is faster than a Phenom II. So, a Q9550/9650 at 3.3GHz would be about as fast as that Phenom II. Now imagine a Q9xxx 12MB Cache at 3.8 - 4GHz
    
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And those console ports are in many cases GPU limited, due to bad coding
    
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If you look into the link you posted. And look at that Phenom II at 3.5GHz.. It is not that far behind those top-notch cpu's in those games. Now look at it this way, A Q9xxx with 12MB Cache is faster than a Phenom II. So, a Q9550/9650 at 3.3GHz would be about as fast as that Phenom II. Now imagine a Q9xxx 12MB Cache at 3.8 - 4GHz
Of course a C2Q with a massive OC can still do well. But the OP has a stock Q6600, on a now dead mobo. Now's as good a time to upgrade as any.
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If he could find a cheap DDR2 based socket 775 mobo that would allow him to use his Q6600 and RAM, and would allow him to overclock to 3.2GHz+ that would also be a nice bargain. Instead of bying new motherboard, CPU and mem.
    
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