currently have : core 2 duo q6600 @2.4ghz (stock) 8gb samsung ram 400mhz evga 660 oc some old ass 550watt psu 2.5 tb hhd
should i go and buy a new mobo+cpu+ ram set , and swap in my old parts, or just buy a full new build? the gpu is new, but the rest is something like 6+years old. im kinda short on cash for a full new build, so id have to save up
what would you recommend for ram, cpu and mobo for around £250-£350 total?
I have the q6600 too but quad 2.4ghz also around 6+ years old. 3 gigs ram crappy dell motherboard and only 375w psu.
Iv just ordered all my parts for an entire new build. Been saving up christmas, birthday and chinese new year money for a couple of years now. I like to go with overkill components and only buy or build a new pc every 5 or 6 years.
I had the 8800gt back then which was a beast. Now im just waiting for the r9 290 tri x. --- GG Riot http://i.imgur.com/Hs8Y1vQ.png
If you don't feel like upgrading just yet, you could try overclocking the CPU.
But yeah, the Q6600 is the limiting part nowadays. It's extra hurt in games that only use two cores, but even well threaded games like BF4 and Crysis 3 show that it's getting old.
Here are some benchmarks comparing Ivybridge and Core 2 Quad, with a HD 7970. The Q9550 is a little faster than the Q6600 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-wolfdale-yorkfield-comparison,3487-10.html --- Super Mario Kart is the single best Mario Kart ever!