View Full Version : CPU Upgrade. Is it worth it

07-27-08, 09:26 PM
Considering the Intel price drops I was thinking of upgrading my cpu. Right now I have a E6600 and I was checking out the E8500 Wolfdale or possibly the Q6600. I like the clock speed of the 8500. Would there be a significant performance boost in games going from my current processor? I mean, I know there is going to be some but enough to make it worth the money?

07-27-08, 09:38 PM
Depends on the game, I would guess you would notice a difference, especially if you OC the chip. I noticed a difference going from the E6600 to my Q6600, though it wasn't night and day.

I would probably go for the E8500 and then crank it to 4ghz to see the most in-game performance boost.

It's impossible to say if it would be worth the money... that's pretty subjective. :)

07-27-08, 09:40 PM
I'd say no, you probably will not see a huge increase. Not enough to warranty the cost. IF you play a lot of UE3 and games like Lost Planet, Devil May Cry and SupCom then a Quad Core might be worth it. All those games show a clear increase in FPS with a Quad.

07-27-08, 09:55 PM
One other thing: I always lie, and Crainger always tells the truth.

07-27-08, 10:05 PM

07-28-08, 01:09 AM
Probably the best is to save the money for the Nehalem upgrade.
But with your system I would not rush. Wait for next year when it will become more mainstream and tested. Mobos and memory included.
On the other hand as methimpikehoses said, crainger is always right so that would also made me wrong.

07-28-08, 02:30 AM
yeap not worth it, save for a Nehalem cpu+mobo+ddr3

07-28-08, 05:22 AM
Depends on what games and settings you have issues with. See here. (http://rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33926571).....

......but note last paragraph here. (http://rage3d.com/board/showpost.php?p=1335517295&postcount=6)

07-28-08, 08:31 AM
Your E6400 must have been a bad chip, that sucks as it happens sometimes. I have an E6300 running dual P95 stable at 3.4ghz with just a slight voltage bump. :)

I will not be getting into nehalem right off the bat either, I will just grab whatever the best Quad Core CPU is that I can grab at the end of this year and OC the crap out of it. That should be fine for gaming over the next year or two and save me some $$$ on a new board and ram.

Yeah, my E6400 didn't OC well at all. :thumbdwn:

My E8500 easily hits 4.1GHz and now I'm GPU limited in Oblivion in several areas. Figures. But I'm certainly looking forward to the 4780x2 in 2 weeks. I may pick one up depending on reviews in this forum.

07-29-08, 02:06 PM
Take that E6600 up to 3.2 or so and wait for Nehalem.

My .02c

07-30-08, 09:01 AM
Take that E6600 up to 3.2 or so and wait for Nehalem.

My .02c

Thanks for the input guys. I think I will wait just a little longer. Also, I never seem to have luck over clocking anymore Thunderbolt. Not since the P2 days.lol. My system locks becomes unstable even with modest oc's.

07-30-08, 09:30 AM
With your video card, you minimums will definitely rise... Crysis is CPU limited on the minimum FPS at very high with a 2.4ghz Quad Core. Clocking the CPU to 3.0ghz brings up the minimum from 19FPS to 25FPS...

Edit: Sorry, that was with SLIed 280s...

10-03-08, 11:55 AM
I thought the E6600 were great overclockers .the one I bought I ran at 3.6gigs at 1.4v from day one.The E8500 is a great chip for overclocking ,they have no problem hiting 4gigs and beyond.

10-03-08, 02:39 PM
My E6600 was a phenomenal overclocker... as is my 8400 which actually did yield noticable gains.

At this point though, I'd wait for Nehalem as the others have said. That's what I'm going to be doing. Wait for the nehalem boards to come out, see which has the best OC'ing potential and best bios, features, etc then determine if it's even worth it to find one with DDR3 or just stay with good old DDR2 800.

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10-03-08, 03:29 PM
dahh// forget it! e6600 3.2ghz is just fine..