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Best potential stop-gap upgrade quad-core CPU?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by Lashout_UK, 3 Jun 2010.

  1. Lashout_UK

    Capodecina

    Joined: 2 Mar 2004

    Posts: 11,849

    Location: SE England

    I'm currently using an Asus P5WDH Deluxe, and an Intel E6400 C2D at 3.00ghz.

    I was wondering if there was any processors that were worth upgrading to on a stop-gap basis, as I'm now doing a lot of HD editing and it's seemingly putting quite a strain on my system. I believe I'd be looking at the older Core2Quads like the Q8300 or similar.

    .....or, alternatively, do you think it would be worth investing in a better cooler and a little more time to eek some more out of the existing C2D and sit with that for the duration?

    The rest of the system (well, the relevant bits) are as follows:

    - Stock Intel cooler
    - Asus P5W-DH Deluxe
    - 4 gig Kingston DDR8500 (soon to be 8)
    - ATI 5770 1 gig

    I don't mind buying a 2nd hand CPU either but am just interested in exploring the quad-core avenue now I'm needing that extra bit of 'go', so any recommendations welcome :)
     
  2. Mak3R

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Feb 2009

    Posts: 2,231

    Location: Norn Iron

    Q6600? I sold mine to my dad, great chips
     
  3. Lashout_UK

    Capodecina

    Joined: 2 Mar 2004

    Posts: 11,849

    Location: SE England

    Thanks, I'll have a root around! :)
     
  4. iamtheoneneo

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 15 Mar 2010

    Posts: 9,800

    Location: Bucks

    yeh q6600
     
  5. pastymuncher

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 19,087

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    There's a couple in the MM for sale if you are quick.
     
  6. Lashout_UK

    Capodecina

    Joined: 2 Mar 2004

    Posts: 11,849

    Location: SE England

    Thanks Pasty, I'll cast my eye. Not in a desparate rush but definitely looking to pick something up in the next few weeks, along with a few new drives, some more memory....Sharpening up the old rig a bit! :)