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Thread: Would this upgrade be worth it?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Default Would this upgrade be worth it?

    Hey all -

    Current setup:

    Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz overclocked to 3.15 GHz
    Gigabyte 965P-DS3
    4GB Corsair PC2-6400 800mhz (using 2.0 as multiplier, so it's running at 700mhz right now)
    ATi 4850 512MB
    Corsair 550W
    Seagate 250GB SATA
    Zalman 9500
    And I'm looking at:

    Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz (hope to hit 4.0GHz, 3.8GHz or so would be fine though)
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
    4GB Corsair PC2-8500 1066mhz
    Seagate 1TB SATA
    Xigmatek S1283

    Power supply and GPU would remain the same
    Would it be worth the expense to upgrade at this point? The catalyst for me thinking about an upgrade is the fact that my HD is now 90% full, and I figured that if I'm already in there, replacing the hard drive (AND buying a fresh copy of XP, as my old one was lost in a move >.>), that it might be fun to throw in a new CPU and mobo.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Default Re: Would this upgrade be worth it?

    Firstly the Upgrade. Id say that in the general scope its probably not worth the expense. Sure you'll get a better processor that you can clock a little higher. Ive got an E8500 @ 3.8 and I cant tell a god damm difference in real world ****e between stock 3.16 and 3.8 so yeah. Im sure its faster and all doing something just havent seen it yet. Now some info that may be helpful. While fresh Installs are great and they can make your system fresh and fast again, they are also sometimes painfull. An Alternate to doing it is to "Cough" Download Acronis True Image Home 2009 and Clone your HDD to a new Bigger one and you have an exact working copy of what you have just on a new bigger drive. Its pretty easy, I did it the other week on my other PC. . Seagate 1TB drives are pretty quick. I have 2.
    Just get a Q6600 CPU and drop it in.
    Last edited by NimrodAUS; 04-14-2009 at 09:33 PM. Reason: I was wrong about something
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