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Old 06-24-08, 12:04 PM   #1
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I have an E6700 system on an Intel D975XBX with 4Gb of DDR2 RAM (Kingston Value Ram). I just upgraded my video card to an EVGA 280 GTX. I use the system mostly to play games but also to do mpeg4 HD video editing and photo edititing with Photoshop Elements.

I have not upgraded anything in my system beyond the video card now for nearly 2 years. I was thinking about moving to Q9450 and Intel DX48BT2 with 4Gb of DDR3 RAM and I wanted to check the boards here to see if I would see a good performance boost in games.

Right now, the games I playing are: Bioshock, Crysis, Lord of the Rings Online and Age of Conan. Crysis and Age of Conan look to need the most help.

I monitor my temps using Everest on my G15 and I noticed that in areas where I hit my minimum fame rates, my CPU temp rise and my GPU temps fall quite a bit. In areas where I get my max frame rates, my GPU temp rises and my CPU temp falls. This leads me to believe that in the areas of low frame rates, my GPU is waiting on my CPU. So, I figure an upgrade may be in order.

Now I will also add that I don't overclock. I have always run my systems at stock speeds on Intel motherboards and I have enjoyed quiet, cool running and highly stable systems so I am going to continue to go with what I know despite the fact that I know that the OCers are getting some great performance.

Having said all of that, what are your feelings on this upgrade? I am assuming quad core is best for the next year or so before another upgrade, but also it seems that the higher freq E8500 might be better for gaming.

Any advice here?
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Old 06-24-08, 12:17 PM   #2
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If you don't overclock I don't think anything is going to give you a HUGE boost. Very few games make good use of quad cores.

And you will get pretty much nothing from going to DDR3 except a big empty space in your wallet.

If you want an upgrade for gaming and you do not overclock, I'd recommend just grabbing an E8500 or E8400. It'd probably help a bit.

But still you could easily squeeze another 1Ghz out of either of those with a decent cooler (not to mention you could match them easily with your current CPU). Its really hard to recommend buying anything these days because everything overclocks so well. My E6750 is overclocked by just under 1Ghz and its rock solid.
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Old 06-24-08, 02:07 PM   #3
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If you encode video with x264, the quad core will double your encoding speed. It has good multi-threading support. About DDR3, i think that we'll only need it with nehalem. Have fun with the upgrade
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Old 06-24-08, 02:45 PM   #4
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Id like to know when certain games stop benefiting from a higher cpu speed and does the 280 raise that level.

2.66ghz definitely isn't enough for Crysis but a cpu upgrade at this point would be foolish ,775 reached its nirvana with the Q6600,

Just upgrade your cooler and stop being a stock monkey.
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