In Need Of Help ASAP On Upgrading My PC

November 20, 2010 at 03:03:26
Specs: Windows 7, 4G
I have an Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 and my mobo is Intel DQ965GF. I wan to upgrade for a Core 2 Quad Q6600 or Q6700 processor. But I bump into EBay and found a a Core 2 Extreme X6800 for $215 and Core 2 Quad Extreme QX6700 for $288! I think the prices are very reasonable. I just want to ask what is best for my mobo? Is Core 2 Extreme X6800 better than Core 2 Quad Q6600 or Q6700? Or Core 2 Quad Extreme QX6700 worth to buy? Please help me on this ASAP!

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#1
November 20, 2010 at 06:19:58
"I think the prices are very reasonable"

I disagree. Both your motherboard & the CPUs you mentioned are old models, plus the board is made by Intel which means it's not overclockable. If you had a decent non-Intel board based on an Intel chipset, you could easily overclock the E4600 to performance level of any of the CPUs you mentioned.

Here's the CPU support lists for your board:

http://processormatch.intel.com/COM...

It's your money but I think it's a bad move.


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#2
November 20, 2010 at 06:33:25
actually i am not a fan of over-clocking. all i need to know,of course based on my motherboard, what is the best processor for it? i think it will cost more if i change my motherboard also. so i think the best cpu for my motherboard, will the best answer to upgrade my pc. what you think?

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#3
November 20, 2010 at 07:00:07
Unless you are using software which can advantage of Quad Core, what is the point ?

are you running 64bit Windows 7 and what memory do you have 800 or 1066 ?


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#4
November 20, 2010 at 07:05:45
the point is improved/upgraded pc performance my friend. i am using a Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit and my memory is 4G DDR2 800.so what you think?

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#5
November 20, 2010 at 09:11:42
Well 32bit O/S does not take full advantage of 4GB Memory so that is one issue:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

What I was asking is do you have software which can take advantage of Quad Core CPU ??????

In my opinion you would be better off changing to Windows 7-64 and upping the memory to 8GB, it may work out more cost effective than paying $250 for an EBAY CPU !

http://www.intel.com/support/mother...


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#6
November 20, 2010 at 09:17:24
More cores mean better performance.
However, with most modern software you will quickly reach a point of diminishing returns where more cores do very little to improve performance. With most software 4 cores is past that point.

With most software you will see little difference between the performance of 2 cores and 4.


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#7
November 20, 2010 at 09:23:10
i love playing fps games like crysis, call of duty, star craft etc. and i render videos everyday. that is why i want to upgrade for a better processor. so what is my best chance of improving my system using my motherboard? i want to resell my old cpu after i bought one and unlike my motherboard can't be resell here in my country. so what is your best advice for my pc using my motherboard?

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#8
November 20, 2010 at 10:38:06
"i love playing fps games like crysis, call of duty, star craft etc"

Which video card do you have? If you're using the weak onboard graphics, your money would be better spent on a gaming video card.

"so what is my best chance of improving my system using my motherboard?"

I provided a link to the processors supported by your motherboard, it's up to you to pick one. Personally, I refuse to make any recommendation because I think you're making a big mistake investing more money in a system based on an old board.

"my motherboard can't be resell here in my country"

Why can't the board be resold? I understand that a 4-5 yr old board isn't worth very much but what's preventing you from selling it?

"what is your best advice for my pc using my motherboard?"

Keep it as-is. If you're still using the onboard video, invest in a gaming video card, otherwise, hold on to your money until you're ready to replace the motherboard with something more modern. You do NOT have to replace the processor or RAM, you just need a decent board. If you have some sort of "phobia" about overclocking, how about "reclocking"? Your CPU currently runs at 2.4GHz (12 x 200MHz) @ 800MHz FSB. With the right board, you could reclock it to 2.4GHz (6 x 400MHz) @ 1600MHz FSB. 2.4GHz @ 1600MHz FSB is better than 2.9GHz @ 1066MHz FSB.


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#9
November 20, 2010 at 21:50:00
Look at these. This board will be less than a new CPU and these great CPUs are much newer models and have advantages over the ones you listed as well as being less money. There is little reason to pay extra for an extreme processor if you are not going to take advantage of its unlocked multiplier which makes it special to overclockers who have the money for them. This very reasonable board combined with any of these processors and a good video card will make a very worthy machine for your purposes. ***This is what the others are trying to tell you.***

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_p...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

They are new from very reputable dealers and their prices usually stand up reasonably well on newer equipment on ebay.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#10
November 23, 2010 at 02:22:48
if i am gonna buy the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX6700 and o/c it, what is the best/recommended motherboard for it?

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#11
November 23, 2010 at 05:33:06
I prefer the Gigabyte boards with the P43 or P45 chipset (I believe one of the links above shows one), they OC easily and they are typically very reasonable (buy NEW to get the latest versions and to avoid someone else's problem though). Note that the 'T' in the model number means that it takes the new DDR3 memory which you probably do not have, so unless you want to spend even more money, avoid it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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