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Looking to upgrade my current E6600 on D975XBX to something with more crunching power for MS Flight Simulator gaming PC. The options avaiable according to Intel site are X6800 and Xeons 3040, 3050, 3060 and 3070. Questions from the noob. Would Xeon even be worth condiering, or would something like Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 BX80571E7600 - 3.06GHz, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB be better than Xeon on a gaming PC with D975XBX? Wopuld E7600 even work, it is not listed on Intel site? What would be my best option considering price ceiling of about $300-$400 for the new CPU? Thanks a lot for your help.
post #2 of 12
I wouldn't spend 300-400$ on Socket 775. Though maybe you should looking at getting a Core 2 Duo E8400, or even a Core 2 Quad like Q6600 or Q9300. Those come in at ~100$.
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Thanks. Would Quad cpu's work? Intel site does not mention them?
post #4 of 12
Only Q6600, Q6700 and the extreme edition version, but that whats is know for the D975xbx2
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Originally Posted by molsonbubba;12297283 
Thanks. Would Quad cpu's work? Intel site does not mention them?
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* Support for Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor^ in an LGA775 socket with a 1066 MHz system bus
* Support for Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor^ in an LGA775 socket with a 1066 MHz system bus
* Support for Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition (in an LGA775 socket with a 1066 or 800 MHz system bus)
* Support for Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology† (in an LGA775 socket with a 1066 MHz system bus)
* Support for Intel® Pentium® D Processor (in an LGA775 socket with a 800 MHz system bus)
* Support for Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology† (in an LGA775 socket with a 800 MHz system bus)
* View all supported processors

Source

If the motherboard supports Core 2 Extremes, then it will most likely support a Core 2 Quad. Since C2E's are Quad Core CPU's.
post #6 of 12
Used Q6600 come and go for around $100. If you can't find one of those, I would think about saving up for a newer platform.
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Thanks guys! So if understand this correctly. As long as mbo version is correct I should be OK. Last question. I like E8400. Price is good and specs look good too, by me anyways. FSB is 1333 but mine is 1066? Will it run or do I have to stay with cpu that has 1066 FSB?
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Originally Posted by molsonbubba;12298279 
Thanks guys! So if understand this correctly. As long as mbo version is correct I should be OK. Last question. I like E8400. Price is good and specs look good too, by me anyways. FSB is 1333 but mine is 1066? Will it run or do I have to stay with cpu that has 1066 FSB?

I'm sure as long as the motherboards BIOS is updated and everything you should be good to go. And your RAM will be quite alright smile.gif
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Wow. I know the E8400 is a good chip, but have you even OC'd the E6600? With a good cooler, you should be able to get over 3.4Ghz easy. I had mine at 3.55Ghz for daily use and a mid range cooler. If I had the cooler I have now, I'm confident I could get my E6600 around 3.7Ghz on air, if my Mobo would have let me... (trying to upgrade that next)

I just don't really see paying the price of an E8400 for a small upgrade. Personally, I would go for a cheap Quad, like a Q6600/Q6700 (which is actually what I did. tongue.gif. ). If Flight Simulator, or whatever else you use your PC for, can run off all 4 cores, it should be a bigger upgrade for probably less money. You should have no trouble finding a Q6600/Q6700 for around $100.

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post #10 of 12
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Thanks a lot for your feedback.

Yep, I played with my E6600 last night. Got it upto 3.0 and 1333FSB via BIOS (at 25% of 50 allowed). In my understanding my mbo will allow me to go additional .6, so I could probably go to 3.6 highest. It was stable with Prime95at 3.00. May be you are right, no need to spend money now if E6600 will run stable in oc. Decisions, decisions...lol. Flight Simulator was not designed to run on multiple cores, it runs on one. And at the same time FPS in this game are highly dependant on cpu # crucnhing power rather than video card, so I understand from what the developers and community had indicated earlier. So going to quad today...for me I am not sure, but getting a faster dual core CPU may make sense.
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