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Old October 6, 2009, 05:52 AM
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The other major difference that will really show its face is the Integrated Memory/PCI-E controller that exists on the newest i5's , as well as the existance of an L3 Cache. Things that don't exist on the Old Core 2 Duo.

Those alone will help you see very serious performance gains.
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There's a difference if you are playing vid games at 1920, but lower than that the gains are pretty minimal.

If you dont game much, a ssd as suggested will be a better upgrade for faster load times for os startup and app
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Old October 7, 2009, 05:12 AM
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There's a difference if you are playing vid games at 1920, but lower than that the gains are pretty minimal.

If you dont game much, a ssd as suggested will be a better upgrade for faster load times for os startup and app
This is what I was saying aboutseven posts up. The question totally depends what you're doing with your PC. A SSD may be a cheaper (and interim) solution that will carry over to an i5 (or next evolutionary chip?) build down the road.
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I say get them both! A SSD and the i5-750! Your rig will be flying! :)
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I would try overclocking the e6400- mine runs at 3.6GHz- buy yourself a heatsink with both 775 and 1366 adapters- then if you find you still want a boost, pick up the i5 and overclock that- you will see a difference, but there's quite a bit more you can get out of that e6400. (mine will reach 3.9)
I believe you mean 775/1156. This would definitely be my choice as well. See what you can get out of the processor, and if its not enough, do the upgrade.
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My previous cpu was an e6400 and had it O.C. to 2.96GHz. Comparing it to even the stock i7 920 at 2.66GHz i was blown away at how much faster it was, now i don't think the leap will be as great for i5, but it'll still rather mind blasting.

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I would try overclocking the e6400- mine runs at 3.6GHz- buy yourself a heatsink with both 775 and 1366 adapters- then if you find you still want a boost, pick up the i5 and overclock that- you will see a difference, but there's quite a bit more you can get out of that e6400. (mine will reach 3.9)
I must have had a bad batch, as i couldn't really push mine over 2.96GHz and keep it stable, though it may have been the motherboard as well but i suspect it was because i had one of the first batches of e6400s.
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Well, I game at 1920 X 1200 so it needs to be fast :) I like to put some eye-candy when I game with my computer
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I say get a heatsink and OC the E6400, you can always reuse the heatsink for later on.
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I5 will definitely crush your e6400 hands down.. Although if you're using it for day to day purposes, a little overclocking, internet, listen to songs and what not, you're better staying with your current processor, getting an i5 wouldn't make internet speed improve, you'll still listen to songs like you would with your dual core, overclocking wise.. I can't comment much, that one depends on the OP..

But if you do some kind of video editing, heavy gaming.. something that utilizes heavy cpu usage, yes you'll see substantial improvement, you can't even compare.. So really if you're just going to be using the system for daily usage, save the $$$ for future use, and get an SSD, if you really got that itch of the upgrade bug lol, get yourself a Quad core processor (Q9400/9450 or Q6600)..

That's my thinking and 2 cents..
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