thanks for the reply... it would be used primarily for "general" computer use and light gaming (world of warcraft addict). my current processor is really plenty fast for what i use it for right now, that one i linked was just on sale for a good price. so i figured i'd see how much of a jump i'd get going to 45nm and a slightly higher clock.I'd go with the upgrade and overclock it (if even a small OC like 25%)
Even at stock you'll notice a bit of an upgrade but like the guy above said, it won't be a mind blowing difference.
What do you plan on using it for? Gaming? Video editing?
hehe.. yeah i hear ya. i definitely don't NEED it. also, not interested in overclocking. even if only slightly.Well I wouldn't get the upgrade. I'd save the money right now (look at the economy...) and then use it if you need it in a few months. I see a ton of deals but unless I need it I don't bite.
If infact you did need a performance boost you could OC your cpu to 2.6 in a matter of 2 minutes with stock cooling (and probably stock voltage). If you really tried to could get your CPU to 3.0ghz+
To put it in perspective, I have my e2180 (stock 2.0ghz) running stabily at 3.1ghz with stock cooling and an idle of 30c (avg of 45c when I use my computer, not at 100%). So that's like a 60% overclock on stock cooling.