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true.
however. p5n-e sli is not powerfull mobo. ocing quad on it could kill it.

True , if i had a different MOB who was suitable for OC then i would say go for it.. but as you said its not a smart thing to do.

To buy new MOB for a E6600 is a waste of money no?
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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.


Check these cpu benchmarks for crysis 2.It even makes use of hyper thread!

http://www.overclock.net/video-game-...rformance.html

If I were you I would get something like a q9300.They sell around 120.00

You don't want a q6600,they are just too old.
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I would upgrade to the Q6600. You should notice a pretty large difference from your dual core. If you overclock you'd notice an even larger performance gain.

However this depends on what games you play and what games you want to play in the future. Most games that are being developed now are using 2-4 cores. In BFBC2 you will notice much more smooth gameplay compared to your dual-core. Your graphics card will be your bottleneck then, but it's still a pretty good card. Keep it until you have enough money saved up to upgrade. I would either look at the HD 7xxx series or if you have the money sooner perhaps a GTX 460 1GB.
    
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Asus P5N-E SLI is a very bad overclocker with Quads. At least when using Q6600. I used to have that setup. Could only reach 3GHz with a Q6600 G0. However, I've read that with later bioses it could do 3.4GHz +. However, the P5N-E SLI has only 3-Phase CPU power circuitry. this is to weak for Quad overclocking.

It has no official support for 45nm Quads, even if I have read that they actually do work in this board.

OP should really consider his needs. Probably overclock that C2D as far as he can and save up money for a new system.

Edit: I also used to have a Asus P5N-E SLI@E6600 setup. My sweet spot 24/7 setting was 3.2GHz. 8x 400. Needed the 0401 bios (Was something with 04xx) for that E6600 for 400FSB. Really sweet setting. Did never reach 3.6GHz.
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Check these cpu benchmarks for crysis 2.It even makes use of hyper thread!

http://www.overclock.net/video-game-...rformance.html

If I were you I would get something like a q9300.They sell around 120.00

You don't want a q6600,they are just too old.
So we have Crysis 2, BC2, and I will add GTAIV because it is CPU intensive that would more than likely benefit slightly with SB.

However, we're talking about a significant investment for such low performance gains in a very minute, select amount of games. It doesn't make sense.

I also fail to see how 'A Q6600 is too old' is a justifiable reason for not using one. Bang for buck the Q6600 is an awesome CPU and will run any game you throw at it.
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I will add this.. your motherboard is a good motherboard.. it can overclock rather well, especially C2Ds..

And to those people who truly believe quads are better then duos... its not always the CORES.. its the CLOCK speed... im telling you, do some research.. There have been plenty of benchmarks comparing higher clocked dual cores against quads.. which show the C2D's hold their weight very well.

zorg1983, please fill out your system info.. Once logged in, go up to user cp, and then click edit system.. fill all of that out so we can help you out better.

and again, what do you use your machine for? just a few games? Many of us use our machines for more then games, so you will get alot of people saying 'go for it, quad up' but games arent truly utilizing the cores yet.. and besides, your gpu wont be able to come close to maxing out the games, so whats a quad core with an entry level gpu?
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Done.

What i'm doing with my computer? a lot of stuff - watching 1080 HD movies , playing games like crysis , Black ops , Bad company 2 etc...
Other time , downloading songs , editing movies and so on...
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So on the end the decision is to upgrade to SB, i read a lot of posts of users who complain there are still major issues with the p867 boards who came back repaired , why is that? are they still damaged ?
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
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.

EDIT:

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.
You have obviously never played sc2. At maxed out settings, my frame rates doubled going from a phenom II x4 @ 3.6ghz to a 2500k @ 4.6ghz. And no it wasn't going from 60 to 120, it was more like 20-40fps to 40-80fps. Massive increase in performance and all I changed was the motherboard and cpu.
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I play SC2 fine on my E6400 @ 3.2 and my 8800 gts


But going form a e6400 @ 3.2 to a Q6600 at 3.2 my encoding video time decreased significantly so its according to what you use your pc for
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