Upgrading from Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Core i7-4770K



Here is a quick comparison of the features of both old and new motherboards:

CPU Support 4th Generation Intel Core processors Intel Core 2 and Socket 775 Variants
CPU Socket LGA1150 LGA775
Chipset Intel Z87 Chipset Intel X38 Chipset
Graphics Interface 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 + 1x PCIe 3.0 x8 (1×16/2×8 Bandwidth) 2x PCIe x16
Memory Type 2 Channel DDR3 2 Channel DDR2
Memory DIMM 4x DDR3 – 32 GB Max 4x DDR2 – 8 GB Max
Expansion Slots 1x PCIe x4 + 3x PCIE x1 + 1x PCI 3x PCIe x1 + 2x PCI
SATA Connectors 8x SATA3 (6 Gb/s) 6x SATA2 (3 Gb/s)
SATA RAID RAID 0,1,5,10 RAID 0,1,5,10
USB 10x USB 3.0 + 6x USB 2.0 12x USB 2.0
Audio 8-Channel HD
(Realtek ALC898 Codec)
SupremeFX II Audio Card
(ADI AD1988B Coded)
LAN Intel GbE LAN Marvell88E8056 PCIe Gigabit LAN
1394 2x 1394a VIA VT6308P Controller
Video Output HDMI, DVI, D-Sub, DisplayPort
Features & Software Ultra Durable 5 Plus, All IR digital power design, Durable black solid capacitors, 2-Way SLI, 2-Way Crossfire, CFOS, On/Off charge 2, 110dB Power Saving Solutions, Intelligent Overclocking Tools, ASUS AI Booster Utility, 2-Way Crossfire
Form Factor (mm) ATX (305×244) ATX (305×244)

System Comparison and Cost

This is just a quick overview of what parts are being utilized with each system, and how much each part cost. For grins, I am only going to provide the prices that I paid for my Q6600 system from back in 2007, or any upgraded parts along the way will also be the then price, while the new i7 system will be todays prices. I also cannot find that I ordered a power supply, so my initial PSU must have been reused from an old build. I did eventually purchase a new one and will list it under the upgrade section.

Old PC
Component Model Cost
Processor Intel Q6600 $279.99
Motherboard ASUS P5E $229.99
Memory 2x Mushkin PC2 8500 2GB Kit $199.98
Video Card EVGA 8800 GTX $549.99
Case Cooler Master Cosmos $189.99
ROM Drive ASUS DVD-ROM $20.99
Storage Seagate 500GB 7200RPM HDD $119.99
Initial Cost $1,590.92
Upgrade – Video Card EVGA GTX 275 Superclocked $269.99
Upgrade- Storage OCZ Agility 2 60GB SSD $119.99
Upgrade – Power Supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w $74.99
Upgrade – Video Card EVGA GTX 570 Classified $349.99
Upgrade – Storage Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD $139.76
PC Cost Total $2,545.64
New PC
Processor Intel i7 4770k $339.99
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z87X-UD4H $197.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro PC3-15000 16GB Kit $150.46
Video Card REUSED – EVGA GTX 570 Classified
Case Fractal Design Define XL R2 $119.99
Storage REUSED – Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD
Power Supply REUSED – OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w
Total $808.42

As you can see, my old system originally netted me a cost of $1590.92. Mind you, too, that the power supply was reused from a different system that I had, so that saved me a decent amount of money. I did a bunch of upgrades along the way, which also netted me an additional cost of $944.95. So overall, I spent $2535.87 on my Q6600 system! Thats a lot of money! In case youre wondering, I also did not include the cost of the case that I worked with my system in for this review, as that was a case that I reviewed and I only recently transported my system over to it. That one is the Corsair Carbide Air 540, which is absolutely wonderful to work with. If youre interested in picking up that case, you can grab it on Amazon for $139.99 shipped. I did include the cost of the new systems case, the Fractal Design Define XL R2, as I needed a case to permanently install the components in.

Old System ASUS P5E With Q6600

The new system had a couple reused parts, so with that said, this system cost a total of $808.42 to put together. I did reuse one of the most expensive components in a PC, the video card, so if I were to upgrade that, I could probably figure roughly another $350-400, depending on what flavor video card I opt to go with again. Right now my GTX 570 seems to run most modern games to a level that I can accept, so I do not have plans on upgrading that.

New System With GIGABYTE Z87X-UD4H And 4770k

Should you include the cost of everything inside this system, the total cost to build would have cost a total of $1514.14. Not bad for a sweet system, in my opinion! Whats more interesting, though, is Im right around the same ballpark of my original systems cost.

The Test Setups

For my testing, I used the same video card, PSU, and SSD. I did remove the 500GB HDD, as that was only used for storage purposes and was irrelevant to my testing. I also ran Windows 7 Professional on both systems, as ASUS does not have any Windows 8 driver support for the P5E motherboard. All of these choices will make things easier to work with and will show you a more true representation of what a motherboard, memory, and CPU upgrade can do for you if you reused some old components.

Corsair Vengeance Pro PC3-15000

If you scroll back up a bit, you can see the various components that I used in each setup.

Anyway, lets get into the meat of this review and see how well the old Q6600 system pits against the i7 4770k system!

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