Worth upgrading the processor in a T3600.

I have a T3600 with a GeForce 1060 and 32 GB of ram. A have a few SSD drives in it as well since it is purely for gaming. I am curious, I have a Four Core XEON E5-1607, 3.0GHz , 10M, Dell Precision T3600in the machine, and wonder if it is worth upgrading the processor. Looking at the spec differences and the numbers from some of the different websites, it doesn't seem like it would be worth the money. What are people's opinions here on the site?

 

Thank you

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  • E5-1660. Double the price but still pretty cheap. Any of those are much better than what you currently have.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/INTEL-XEON-E5-1660-3-3GHz-15M-6-CORES-130W-PROCESSOR-SR0KN-/373386201211?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292

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    • Rob Frank How well does it work with the 635W power supply and do I need a different heatsink, etc.? I am also curious if I upgrade my GPU at some point, will that be too much power pulled for my machine to handle all of it.

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  • 635W is fine for your current setup , even with a CPU upgrade to one of the above options , since they are all 130w CPU's. If you upgrade the graphics card in the future , I would jump to a 825w PSU. T5600 825w power supplies work in the T3600 and they can be purchased on Ebay at a great price.

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    • Gorilla Warfare with the E5-1660, should the current heat sink be good enough? I ended up buying that chip and some thermal paste. I am curious if I should also get a new heat sink, etc or if the current one that comes standard should work just fine.

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    • David Padula It's a 130w CPU , like your first one . so no need for a new cooling solution. Just use good paste like MX4.

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    • Gorilla Warfare Excellent. Thank you. I ordered Arctic MX-4early so I should be all set.

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  • The 8 cores E5-2689 !

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  • Yes and no. I recommend the 1660. Base clock of 3.3ghz. the 2689 is 2.6ghz the 2690 is 2.9 and the 1660 is 3.2. this Dell is going to go no where near full turbo when loaded up. All the cpus will be at or near the base clock. Comparing base clocks of 2.9 and 3.2 is still different than the 2.6 to 3.3. when the cpu becomes the bottleneck for a game the higher clock wins. I can not find a game test on the 1660 vs the 2689 but if I was only using the rig for gaming and prices were similar I would always go with a higher clock than cores.

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  • Edit. I meant to say 1650 at 3.2ghz

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  • Thank you all of all of the advice. I got the processor and dropped it into the computer this morning before work. Everything seems good with one exception...it didn't like 16 GB of the 32 GB of ram I had installed. I am chalking it up to the chips themselves since when I remove the pair it works with no issue. They are the same speed, etc. but a different brand. I know that 32 GB would be better but I wonder if something was funky with those chips from the start and that could also having been causing some stuttering here and there that I would get in a few games.

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    • David Padula 

      How are the CPU temps?

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    • Gorilla Warfare No idea at all. I just installed it and made sure it posted and made it to the OS. I have to stress test it in a little while. Probably during lunchtime. Do you have a recommendation of programs to use to stress test and monitor the temps?

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    • Gorilla Warfare I am monitoring with NZXT cam at the moment and things are in the 35-55 range idle. I am playing X4 at the moment and the CPU load is hanging around 30% or so. Nothing too crazy and the temp is hanging out in the 60 range.

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