Solved Backward compatibility of H61 chipset to old CPU

March 25, 2012 at 13:54:57
Specs: Windows 7, Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz/ 3GB DDR2 6400
Hey guyz
First of all my specs :-
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8Ghz,3GB DDR2 ram, Intel 945-GCTHM mobo(ECS Livermore), 1X500GB + 1X160GB SATA HDD, Asus Nvidia EN8400GS 512MB card, 250W PSU(stock), and you may ask others...
I wanted to know if i could run my core 2 duo processor in a new Intel H61 express chipset i.e. are new mobo's backward compatible ??

And do i need to upgrade my psu for my existing graphic card ?? Like is 250W enough for EN8400GS ??


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#1
March 25, 2012 at 15:05:32
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No it is not compatible, your CPU fits the 775 socket and the newer motherboard uses the 1155 socket that will accept the 2nd generation i-series processors.
I would say that you will need to upgrade your power supply to run the 8400GS, though it is not a high draw graphics card, I am pretty sure that 250Watts will not be enough, though you can try it if you like. Just know that even if it does run your basic graphics, it may not when you are running videos or playing any games (though bot much of a gaming card anyway).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 25, 2012 at 15:29:03
To upgrade to an H61 board, you'll need a new CPU, DDR3 memory, & a good brand name power supply at least 400W. And you should consider replacing the 8400GS, it's just a minor step up from integrated graphics.

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#3
March 26, 2012 at 02:04:17
As you obviously have a HP PC, it is not worth upgrading except the Graphics Card, best to sell it and buy a built system rather than an OEM System.

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#4
March 26, 2012 at 03:48:16
Thnx a lot guyz...
But could you help me out in building my rig ??
Like i dont wanna spoil too much of fortune cuz i m kinda into serious studies but i love serious gaming too like GTA IV, crysis , COD,etc...
m seeing gtx 550 ti, hd6770, and hd6790 as a potential options...m kinda nvidia guy...so if 550 ti is gud den i wud definitely go for it...
nd wat about a PSU for my would-be beast ??
wud 400W be enough ??

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#5
March 26, 2012 at 04:37:48
For the GTX550 ti or other serious gaming cards you would need even a bit more than that but more important is the quality, having a single 12volt rail, 80%+ certified efficient, active pfc, and enough 12volt amperage to run all of your high draw components.
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You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
March 26, 2012 at 05:08:35
hmm... i thought i could do around INR 13000 ~ $ 250 but it looks like its gonna pinch my pocket !!!
thnx Fingers :)

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