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So I just bought a used GTX 460 1GB to replace my seriously aged 8800 GTX. The system I'm throwing it into is an E6750 clocked at 3.2Ghz, with 8GB of DDR2-800. I'd like to be able to game comfortably (at 1680x1050) for the next 6-12 months before building a new system. Can I get by with just the graphics card, or is there any serious value/need in going up to a Core 2 Quad?

I've looked at everything from the Q8400 (about $169) to the Q9550 (about $279), but without a frame of reference I have no idea if these are worthwhile upgrades.

My fear is sinking too much cash into legacy architecture for marginal performance improvements. I'm also stuck in DDR2, although the real world implications of that that is likely minor.

As far as games, well I have no idea what I'll be playing. A bit of everything. The tipping point for me came when I was playing Civ V and it just became unplayable when zoomed out. I had gotten away from gaming for a while, which is why I haven't looked into upgrading until now.

So to recap, I'm happy to pull the trigger on a new processor if it's necessary and/or the performance increase will be worthwhile, and can extend the life of my system. If not, I'll hold out an build a new system in the fall.

I should add that I'll obviously be overclocking anything I buy.
    
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post #2 of 28
Best bang for the $ would be something such as a Q6600 off of ebay. I see them ~ $150 or you can check around in the marketplace here and fine one for cheaper. Q6600s overclock very well and would be more than sufficient to last for a while.
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With a GTX460 a dual-core is gonna be a bottleneck. Try looking on ebay for a used quad. Processors normally are the last thing to go bad in a system so buying used is an ok thing to do. Wait and see what what happens with Sandy Bridge/Bulldozer before pulling the trigger.

Someones a quicker key puncher!!

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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.

So a used Q6600 for around $150 would be my best bet? Can an entry level overclocker like myself get them into the mid 3Ghz range?
    
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post #5 of 28
I once had a E6600 and 8800GT. I thought I could hold out a bit longer, but games like GTA4, AC2, and BC2 were still borderline unplayable with such low framerates (20-25 at times).

So now I have a Q9550 and GTX 460, and of course games play a hell of a lot better. And some games back then had an unexplainable stuttering effect to them, but now they run silk-smooth with no problems.

TL;DR - upgrade to a quad, preferably a Q9550!
    
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post #6 of 28
A Q6600 is a great chip, and for $150 thats a great price. Keep in mind while the chip is a good overclocker, it is 65nm so its going to run a little hot
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Well, the Q6600 isn't a formidable OC'er, but 3.2 GHz on it's 4 cores should be possible and plenty AFAIK.
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post #8 of 28
Buy a used Core 2 Quad Q6600 and a high-end CPU cooler. Over-clock it to 3.4-3.6GHz and enjoy for two more years.

Like others have said, you can find them easily for $150 on places like eBay.

Here's some examples:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Intel-Core-2-Qua...ht_3734wt_1139

http://cgi.ebay.com/INTEL-CORE-2-Qua...item51983dae12

http://cgi.ebay.com/Intel-Core-2-Qua...ht_1378wt_1139

http://cgi.ebay.com/Intel-Core-2-Qua...ht_1374wt_1139
    
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post #9 of 28
No it's not, Paying for $150 for a Q6600 is too much

Right now people sell them from $80-110 on here, and that's used...

They were about that price online ( $150 ) when I bought mine on CL for $80.

Q9550'S are less than $200 used also...

I'd try to search my local craigslist, or check around on here.. since there are always good prices.

Infact: http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...5-shipped.html

$95.. dude

If I were you I'd rather just invest in a new rig later, right now it's not worth it as you can get an i5 CPU in that price range.
Edited by fireman - 3/16/11 at 11:49am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Mad Mule View Post
I once had a E6600 and 8800GT. I thought I could hold out a bit longer, but games like GTA4, AC2, and BC2 were still borderline unplayable with such low framerates (20-25 at times).
I can agree with this.
My 720 X3 made my old dual look like a P3.
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