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Hello ,

My rig right now is :

CPU- E6600
P5n-e sli 650i
Memory: 4gb Kingston
GPU- Zotac gtx 260
Power supply- Seasonic 500+80 silver

Will it be wise just to upgrade my CPU to Quad core CPU ( q6600 etc...) and forget upgrading to SB?
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It depends. A faster quad such as Sandy Bridge would certainly make things seriously faster. Probably a solid 75% increase (guess). Upgrading to a C2Q such as the Q6600 would be an okay upgrade, but you will eventually start to struggle in some games, even today still.

Just depends on your needs really. I'd say grab a Q6600 now, and a faster GPU.
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It depends. A faster quad such as Sandy Bridge would certainly make things seriously faster. Probably a solid 75% increase (guess). Upgrading to a C2Q such as the Q6600 would be an okay upgrade, but you will eventually start to struggle in some games, even today still.

Just depends on your needs really. I'd say grab a Q6600 now, and a faster GPU.
This right here.
Except if you cant grab a faster GPU for a good price, try getting another 260 to SLI.
    
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There isn't a single game today that would make a Q6600 struggle.

You won't exactly notice any benefits from moving to a quad, everything will be the same speed more or less, but it is a good way to future proof yourself.
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There isn't a single game today that would make a Q6600 struggle.

You won't exactly notice any benefits from moving to a quad, e
verything will be the same speed more or less, but it is a good way to future proof yourself.
I disagree.

In games that are able to utilize more than two cores you will see a significant difference. Look at BFBC2 and Crysis 2, for example.
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I disagree.

In games that are able to utilize more than two cores you will see a significant difference. Look at BFBC2 and Crysis 2, for example.
Crysis 2 isn't even out yet and the demo is a joke, you couldn't possibly use that as a comparison.

BC2 ran exactly the same on my E6700 as it does on my quad.

People seem to think that a quad is necessary. Just like the common myth that you need an 850w PSU for multi-GPU set ups and 6GB of RAM for gaming.

It's just baloney, and it is all just a giant waste of money.
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My advice is to sell your motherboard and CPU then buy a sandy bridge 2500k + UD3. If you want a worthwhile upgrade


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Crysis 2 isn't even out yet and the demo is a joke, you couldn't possibly use that as a comparison.

BC2 ran exactly the same on my E6700 as it does on my quad.

People seem to think that a quad is necessary. Just like the common myth that you need an 850w PSU for multi-GPU set ups and 6GB of RAM for gaming.

It's just baloney, and it is all just a giant waste of money.
I support this all the way, but you do sometimes need an 850w for SLI/CFX on high-end cards
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My advice is to sell your motherboard and CPU then buy a sandy bridge 2500k + UD3
A 775 quad is just as capable as SB is. It would bring very minimal FPS gains and it is basically for benchmark whores who insist on getting a fraction of a second faster on SuperPi when in actual fact they bring no tangible benefits for gamers and are a complete laughing stock when put in a price : performance comparison.

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I'm not meaning to cause insult to anyone who has SB. I'm just saying that it really isn't necessary in terms of gaming, that's all.
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I disagree.

In games that are able to utilize more than two cores you will see a significant difference. Look at BFBC2 and Crysis 2, for example.
true.
however. p5n-e sli is not powerfull mobo. ocing quad on it could kill it.
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I agree.. I swapped out my P5N-E to my rig now.. as OC'n a quad is tough (my case was a q9550, which is a 45nm compared to a q6600 65nm)

it depends on what you do.. just game? do you do any other heavy cpu tasks?

I noticed a slight increase in frames and performance in BFBC2, as my C2D was bottlenecking my 5850.. but the real gain was is other tasks (encoding video, burning dvds, etc) and for me, when I OC my q9550 to 3.7 or above, that is where I gain alot.. but you wont be able to OC on that board much more..

I would try and OC your existing chip as high as you can go.. and save up for an entire new system.. by the time you do, more games will be caught up to the hardware.
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