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    Question Looking to upgrade (from a 6000+ to Core2)...

    Hi all.

    Hope you all can offer some advice and inspiration here!

    I've been rolling quite happily with AMD-based systems for some years now, but I'm now looking to move on to the Intel side again, just because of the success of the Core2 range, and the performance/price crown it has at the moment (so far as I can see).

    Ok, so this is what I have at the moment:

    AMD Athlon X2 6000+ @ stock 3Ghz
    4GB (2x 2GB) OCZ Platinum PC6400/DDR2-800
    Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 Mobo
    Nvidia (Inno3D) Geforce 9600GT
    Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

    I initially thought about overclocking the 6000+, and I could get it to near 3.5Ghz stable after lowering the memory clock and hypertransport, but to be honest the extra heat was ridiculous, so I would need to invest in a better cooler for it and probably better cooling for my whole case. I've currently got a big Akasa HSF which resembles it's stock cooler actually. It does the job at stock temps.

    I'm looking to go to intel now, to try and really push a Core2Duo. I have my eye on the E8400 and have heard good things about this (about it getting to 4Ghz on air cooling etc). I want to keep the existing graphy and sound cards for now. I'm on a bit of a budget... if I said no more than 350 that would be about right. Just replacing the 'core' of the system really. Mobo, CPU, Memory (possibly) and hard drive (possibly).

    I want to hold off on Core i7 for now, and I don't want to go the quad core route for various reasons. Just to summarize, I want some advice on what to get in the way of intel stuff. A decent overclocking combo of a mobo and Core2Duo would be right up my street. I haven't gone with Intel for quite some time, so i'm a bit behind the times :P What's the hot stuff these days? Any cheap(er) CPUs that can be clocked into 'high' territory etc?

    Thanks. Looking forward to suggestions!

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    Default Re: Looking to upgrade (from a 6000+ to Core2)...

    Unless you really just want to run with the DDR3, you should be able to easily get a good setup with just a motherboard and processor replacement. There are a lot of solid performing DDR2 boards out there (many have had a lot of luck with MSI and Asus boards) and the E8400 is an excellent processor. Graphics and sound will transfer without a problem, but am wondering why you want to get a new hard drive... unless you're just upgrading? If it is SATA then it will woprk fine in your new proposed system, but a fresh install will be a must. If it is IDE, it will still work with many newer mainboards, but a SATA would be a worthy upgrade.
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    Default Re: Looking to upgrade (from a 6000+ to Core2)...

    Hi there. Many thanks for the prompt reply!

    Yes, I think I will keep that RAM. Only just got it really anyway. Timings on it are ok for me. About the hard drive. I currently have a 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE (SATA-II), and it is a very good drive. Have two of them actually! Very quiet. However, I am looking to get a more beefy/higher density drive, for primarily more space, but by the same token get a little performance boost too. I hear these higher density drives are pretty good these days.

    The processor seems like a definate now having read around various reviews and seeing your response here. Just need a decent cooler now if i'm to overclock that to near 4GHZ. I've set my sights on a Xigmatech cooler (only on ebay that I can find) and I hear good things about it. Any suggestions in the way of coolers?

    Thanks again ;)

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    Default Re: Looking to upgrade (from a 6000+ to Core2)...

    Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

    Xigmatek is readily sold on several sites, but I tend to go for Newegg because they are reliable and have great pricing.

    As for the hard drive, if yo uneed the extra storage, then that would be a different reason for upgrading. My recommendation would be to use a 250GB for the OS and some minor storage and then get a larger drive for your primary storage needs.
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    Default Re: Looking to upgrade (from a 6000+ to Core2)...

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix89 View Post
    Hi there. Many thanks for the prompt reply!

    Yes, I think I will keep that RAM. Only just got it really anyway. Timings on it are ok for me. About the hard drive. I currently have a 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE (SATA-II), and it is a very good drive. Have two of them actually! Very quiet. However, I am looking to get a more beefy/higher density drive, for primarily more space, but by the same token get a little performance boost too. I hear these higher density drives are pretty good these days.

    The processor seems like a definate now having read around various reviews and seeing your response here. Just need a decent cooler now if i'm to overclock that to near 4GHZ. I've set my sights on a Xigmatech cooler (only on ebay that I can find) and I hear good things about it. Any suggestions in the way of coolers?

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    The Xigmatech is a good cooler I don't see how you coulg go wrong with it.
    Last edited by criteriadan; 03-06-2009 at 10:37 PM.

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    Default Re: Looking to upgrade (from a 6000+ to Core2)...

    It's a no-go for me now. After looking into it further it won't rotate. It's going to blowing hot air into the already hot-air producing PSU. That's not preferable. I'd rather go for a slightly lower performing Artic Freezer64 Pro instead, and manually adjust the setup to exhaust air out towards the case fan. That may well mean sacrificing 2 of my 4 RAM slots in my mobo, but I can live with. I'm using 2X2G at the moment anyway, so they can be shifted to slots 3 and 4 closer to the front of the system. That is my thoughts anyway. It was either that, or one of the Zalmans, but that was a little more expensive that I wanted just for a cooler. I'm pressing it :P

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