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post #1 of 21
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Hey everyone,

I just wanted some input from the forums on a comparison between the Q6600 and i5 2500k. I looked at review sites already but I wanted to know what you guys think. An important note..both are at stock. Is the upgrade really worth it?
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post #2 of 21
If you're just gaming you would notice a small increase in performance, The old 775 chips are still plodding along very nicely when it comes to gaming.

I'd probably go with a better GPU if I was concerned about gaming quality.

Comps
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Really? I always thought that there was a larger performance boost. What if we bumped the cpu to 4 ghz?
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Edited by wasbo - 3/16/11 at 11:21pm
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The CPU doesn't work the same way in a real time 3D environment. After a certain point the CPU is not the bottleneck, instead the GPU becomes the limiting factor. Changing CPU's in your current rig will literally yield almost no extra frames. If I were you, upgrade your GPU first, then look to changing out your chipset.
post #5 of 21
THe only reason you would need to consider replacing your processor for gaming is

A. You're running a CPU intensive game (GTX4, CoD: Black Ops)

B. You got a bonus and have some cash to waste

C. You are starting to run CPU heavy applications

If you were to get a nice OC'ing motherboard (not sure about the P5K) and a new GPU, say the HD6850 or something, and OC your processor to 3.6Ghz you'd be laughing

You might need an aftermarket CPU cooler as well though.

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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post
THe only reason you would need to consider replacing your processor for gaming is

A. You're running a CPU intensive game (GTX4, CoD: Black Ops)

B. You got a bonus and have some cash to waste

C. You are starting to run CPU heavy applications

If you were to get a nice OC'ing motherboard (not sure about the P5K) and a new GPU, say the HD6850 or something, and OC your processor to 3.6Ghz you'd be laughing

You might need an aftermarket CPU cooler as well though.

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I disagree with you only in your advice for him to buy a better mobo. His mobo is fine and would be a waste of money to "sidegrade" just to get a couple 100 more mhz.

Most logical upgrade:

-Update GPU

-Switch over to a better chipset in the future. Maybe even the new bulldozer AMD solution.

Profit.
post #8 of 21
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I've just been feeling more "lag" lately..After startup, I notice that it takes a bit longer for an application like the browser or msn (just basic programs) to open.
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post #9 of 21
Not sure why you have DDR3 memory without a new mobo and CPU in that list.. That RAM will not plug into your current setup.

Pick up the GPU, harddrive, and case and call it a day.

Unless you can afford an entirely new comp.. then go for it
post #10 of 21
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I've just been feeling more "lag" lately..After startup, I notice that it takes a bit longer for an application like the browser or msn (just basic programs) to open.
A faster hard drive will eliminate that issue. SSD perhaps?
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