New cpu?

Micro-star international / Ms-7514
July 19, 2010 at 18:12:12
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 2.406 GHz / 2047 MB
Is there any reason to upgrade my c2d E6600 cpu for a newer one, I was just wondering if my cpu by any means bottlenecking my Geforce 260gtx card and if switching to a newer cpu will increase my gaming performance? I'm not thinking of buy a new GPU right now so will a new CPU improve anything?

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#1
July 19, 2010 at 18:28:09
Add more RAM & overclock your CPU. The E6600 "only" runs at 1066MHz FSB but depending on your motherboard, you *should* be able to easily overclock it to 3.0GHz at 1600MHz FSB with the RAM running in sync at 800MHz. The problem is, there are 11 different boards that are known as the MS-7514. Find your board, download the manual, read the BIOS chapter & figure out how to overclock it:

http://eu.msi.com/index.php?func=se...


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#2
July 19, 2010 at 19:02:26
I am no overclocker so I only compare stock cpu not the overclocked once.

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#3
July 19, 2010 at 20:31:35
Buying a new CPU would be a waste of money. Your current CPU is completely capable of 3.0GHz or more without overstressing it. You'd have the advantage of the faster 1600MHz FSB plus you'd be able to take full advantage of your RAM (assuming you have DDR2-800).

With your CPU at it's default clock speed, you should be running DDR2-533, or if you have DDR2-800 like I suspect, it should be underclocked to DDR2-533 to match the CPU. You should also have more than 2GB.


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#4
July 20, 2010 at 07:05:22
But when I am using the MSI Dual core center and using there overclocking option the system hangs up randomly and therefore I am skeptic to doing OC in bios.
I have 2 GB of Corsair DDR2 XMS2 -6400 memory at 800 MHz with a latency of 5-5-5-18 and a FSB:DRAM at 2:3, all numbers is where it should be except that 2:3 numbers. What must i do if a will get this to work and not crash my system, Is it more than just raise the FSB, I'm a newbie at this.

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#5
July 20, 2010 at 07:08:03
But will the E6600 be a bottleneck to the GeForce 260gtx if i decided to run as default setting when playing games.

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#6
July 20, 2010 at 08:34:56
You need to overclock manually, not use some sort of pre-defined overclocking option. The CPU:DRAM ratio should be 1:1, not 2:3. That means that with the CPU at it's default frequency of 266MHz (1066MHz FSB), the RAM should be configured to run at 266MHz frequency (533MHz DDR) to match.

I can't help you unless I know which motherboard you have. MS-7514 is a "generic" model number. Like I said in response # 1, there are 11 boards at the MSI website that are called MS-7514...some are based on the Intel P43 chipset, others are based on the P45 chipset. You need to open the case & look for the model number printed on the board between the PCI slots. In one area it will have "MS-7514", but beneath will be something like "P43 Neo3-F"



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#7
July 20, 2010 at 10:23:55
"But will the E6600 be a bottleneck to the GeForce 260gtx if i decided to run as default setting when playing games."

Nope.

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#8
July 20, 2010 at 10:43:39
Oh sorry jam

My motherboard is a MSI P45 Neo3-F (PCB 1.0) and my CPU cooler is an arctic cooling Freezer 7 Pro.

Will I see a big difference in games if I get the cpu to 3ghz from 2.4ghz, I am only interesting in real life performance not benchmark result.

But as a stated before is it worth upgrading to a newer processor or should I wait, there are some low cost AMD cpus which are over 3 GHz but will it perform so much better than my old c2d?

Thanks for all the replays btw


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#9
July 20, 2010 at 11:09:09
2.4->3ghz u will see some improvement eg. Gain extra fps, less time used when encoding music or videos etc.
u can't use amd cpu on intel chipset, if u go with amd u have to buy a new board.
Upgrade cpu is a waste of $, c2d e6600 is still good cpu.

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#10
July 21, 2010 at 17:33:44
Def that cpu won't bottleneck a GTX 260. Now if you were to upgrade to a highend Nvidia say GTX 280, 380 or 480 series then yes, but the GTX 260 series is nothing more then a 9800 GTX+ rebranded which means that the 260 GTX is considerd a midrange card by todays standards.

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#11
September 25, 2010 at 04:47:49
Yeah!! Dual core cpus are in vogue these day. So I think you should upgrade your system to a new one.
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