Pc specs and mobo

Intel D975xbx motherboard
November 15, 2009 at 03:17:28
Specs: Windows 7, E6550 @ 2.33GHz / 4 GB
Dears,

Just wondering I am planning to replace my current MB intel D975XBX with a Intel G31 (ICH7) Express Chipset.

Is it better? specially for gaming? CPU might remain the same I will upgrade also to CPU E8400.


My VGA card is a HIS RADEON 4670 1GB
My RAM is 4GB DDR2 800.
PSU 480WATTS.

Kindly advice this will happen with in this week if somebody assists.

Much appreciated.

Regards,
AJ


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#1
November 15, 2009 at 03:33:30
G31 is old chipset go for p45 or g45 chipset,and no need to upgrade cpu you can hit(overclock) 2.9ghz or 3ghz with your current cpu+p45 or g45 mobo

edit... And really want to upgrade your cpu u better go for quad core(q8200,q8400 cost the same as e8400)


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#2
November 15, 2009 at 03:39:53
Hi kuwese,

Thanks for your assistance.

I can not obtain the P45 chipset. I can only obtain the G31 as it is a gift. What I want to know is shall I exchange my Current D975XBX with the G31?

As for the CPU I am sure the E8400 is better than the one I currently have since it has a 6MB cache file size.

no?

Regards,
AJ


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#3
November 15, 2009 at 03:53:41
G31 chipset is better than 975x, change the mobo. With g31 u can still hit 2.8ghz,2.9ghz with your current cpu.

edit... E6550 has 4mb cache i recomend to overclock it or buy quad core cpu

edit... If u overclock u current cpu u need ddr2 800 pc6400


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#4
November 15, 2009 at 04:40:02
Thanks a lot for your replies you have been very helpful.

I am getting the MOBO and CPU for free. But only rule is I have to give away my current MOBO and CPU. :-)

Gracias.


Much appreciated.

Regards,
AJ


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#5
November 15, 2009 at 05:10:10
'iam getting the MOBO and CPU for free' take them both and run game like crysis u will notice perfomance increase.

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#6
November 15, 2009 at 08:41:40
How many times are you gonna ask this question? Obviously until you get someone to tell you you're making the right choice? Seems to me you're gonna do this swap regardless of what anyone tells you anyway!

Both boards are old & outdated, both use the ICH7 southbridge. The difference is the D975XBX is a high end gaming board & the G31 is a budget board with integrated graphics designed for the value-minded market. You realize your board supports ATI crossfire, right?

http://www.intel.com/products/mothe...

Intel D975XBX: Intel brings their Bad-Axe to Market



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#7
November 15, 2009 at 10:28:58
Dear jam,

so in other words you suggest that I remain on my
current setup? Cause I definately do not want to switch
to something which will make my system slower. And
I've asked this question here since k did not get a
straight answer from the other category. All I got was
upgrade to chipset 45. Which I can't. I only have the
g31 option.

My current CPU is not supported on my mobo. It's
slowing down my system. I'm confused on what to do.

Regards,
AJ


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#8
November 15, 2009 at 10:40:35
Just swap boards & quit asking.

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#9
November 15, 2009 at 14:27:35
Dear jam,

I refused the g31 offer and kept my current board.
975xbx :-) I'm currently checking for a decent amazon
product of p45 as adviced. :-) I only took on the offer to
replace my CPU old was 6550 new is e8400. Any
advice on the mobo? Btw I can't purchase from
newegg as I'm not in the u.s.

I'm happy I followed your advice I've been taking yours
ever since you told me not to buythe 7950gx2 yet I did
and it died a month ago. Served me a couple of years
of heavy gaming though.

Awaiting your kind advice on boards available on
amazon.

Regards,
AJ


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#10
November 15, 2009 at 14:41:03
Amazon UK? Not sure where you're located.

Skip


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#11
November 15, 2009 at 15:15:13
Uk or us. I'm located in the middle east. Please keep in
mind budget not to jump a 100 USD.

Regards,
AJ


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#12
November 15, 2009 at 19:13:27
Did you ever try overclocking that setup? You should have been able to overclock the hell out of the E6550. That's why I could never understand why you wanted the G31. You already have an enthusiast's/gamer's board but it doesn't seem like you were taking advantage of it. Intel even put out an overclocking guide:

http://download.intel.com/apac/rese...

http://www.sleektech.nl/~dm/review/...


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#13
November 15, 2009 at 23:18:36
Hey jam,

I never tried OverClocking anything at all. I read somewhere online that it shortens the life of the overclocked device?

also if done wrong might fry the chip. So I never attempted to do so.

Anyways I've already replaced the CPU to the E8400 and saw online also that it's overclockable upto 4.2 have no clue how to do it. kept the board but looking in amazon for a replacement based on the P45 you adviced? if it's under a 100 USD budget.

Any ideas?

This seemed interesting to me!

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-E...

Regards,
AJ


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#14
November 16, 2009 at 00:00:59
That is a good board but first try to overclock it with your current board if you hit 3.4 or 3.5ghz there is no need to buy new board.

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#15
November 16, 2009 at 00:10:58
I think I have to buy a new board because on the Intel website is states that my current CPU E8400 is not supported with this board.

and when I re-ran the rating system of windows 7 it went down from 5.6 to 5.3 for Processor. although the CPU I got is newer than the old one.

Regards,
AJ


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#16
November 16, 2009 at 00:22:07
Its not supported,how did u get win 7 cpu score? Right now u are using g31 board or 975x board?

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#17
November 16, 2009 at 01:13:04
I am using the 975XBX board with the E8400 CPU.

I noticed some performance slowness due to incompatibility of the CPU + RAM + BOARD I'm using 1GB Kingston RAM 667 only 2 are working if I place the other 2 the machine doesn't boot up.

Same case with the previous CPU also since it was not supported either.

Regards,
AJ


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#18
November 16, 2009 at 13:11:37
There was no reason to change the board OR the CPU. All you needed to do was overclock! The directions on how to do it have been supplied...the rest is up to you. And btw, DDR2-667 is the correct RAM to run with a 1333MHz FSB CPU, but you need to get the timings & voltages setup correctly. Manually configure your BIOS settings, do NOT simply accept the defaults.

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#19
November 17, 2009 at 09:33:09
Hi jam,

I did not switch boards I just switched CPU's and so far I can't find a decent P45 mobo. local market is out all they have are EP45's? and 43's.

as for ram I just double checked it's 533 not 667. Anything I can do to make it work with more than 2 GBs? I entered BIOS and played around a bit with the voltage of rams with no luck it always beeped and I had to reset BIOS several times.

Regards,
AJ


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#20
November 17, 2009 at 10:35:09
Both e6550 and e8400 have 1333 fsb, u need ddr2 667 to run ratio 1:1 and ddr2 800 if u want to overclock cpu. Its wrong cpu external speed to be higher than ram speed.

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#21
November 17, 2009 at 10:41:24
so to keep this CPU I need to change Motherboard and RAM. correct? Cause from what I saw online my Motherboard only supports 1066.

Regards,
AJ


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#22
November 17, 2009 at 11:19:27
Your board only officially supports 1066Mhz FSB but it can go much higher by overclocking. And you wouldn't be overclocking the CPU because it's supposed to run at 1333MHz FSB.

As for the RAM & RAM voltage - don't just pick any old voltage setting. Find out what your RAM specs are (both the timings & voltage) then configure them manually. If the info isn't printed on a tag on the side of the RAM, you'll have to go to the manufacturer's website & look it up. And kuwese is correct - you should have a least DDR2-667 with a 1333MHz FSB CPU.


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#23
November 17, 2009 at 11:28:37
Ep45? That a gigabyte board based on p45 nb and ich10 sb.

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#24
November 17, 2009 at 11:34:17
Dear jam,

Alright so how can I tweak the Motherboard to support FSB 1333? because as I understood by doing that I can load up all of my 4GB of ram?

My rams are all Kingston KVR533D2N4/1G 1.8V
got 4 of those only 2 would currently work.

Regards,
AJ


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#25
November 17, 2009 at 11:56:06
jam said your board official support 1066fsb. and its capable to run 1333fsb or 1600fsb oc(eg.E8400 & e6550). But for your ddr2 533 u need 1066fsb

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#26
November 17, 2009 at 12:26:38
so what shall I do? just get ram 667?

Regards,
AJ


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#27
November 17, 2009 at 13:30:35
Response # 12 - read the links.

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#28
November 17, 2009 at 23:02:33
jam,

I did but There is no such thing in by BIOS. I also looked up other people who have the same board and same issue.

Regards,
AJ


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#29
November 18, 2009 at 03:07:05
If u want to take full advantage on your e8400 go and buy p45 mobo and ddr2 800. Or if u still have e6550 put it back and overclock it,and u will need ddr2 800.

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#30
November 18, 2009 at 03:10:30
Alright.

I will look for a mobo P45 and DDR2 800's.

As for the current situation would it be better if I get a DDR2 667 instead of my current 533?

Regards,
AJ


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#31
November 18, 2009 at 03:11:10
oh forget my last message why bother get ram twice? I'll just look online for a bundle of RAM and MOBO all together. Hopefully Amazon has it better. :)

Thanks jam and thank you kuwese.

Regards,
AJ


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#32
November 18, 2009 at 05:04:55
If you buy ddr2 800 you can make it run at 667. But your current board support up to 667 and i'm not sure if it can boot with ddr2 800. If u will buy p45 board u better buy ddr2 667 or ddr2 800 if u plan to overclock.

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#33
November 18, 2009 at 19:25:24
"I did but There is no such thing in by BIOS"

There is no such thing as what in your BIOS? Intel wrote the overclocking guide & spelled it out pretty clearly. The important setting you need to enable to get started is ‘Default Configuration Override’. Are you saying that selection isn't an option? If that's the case, try updating your BIOS. Get the file named:

BX97510J.86A.1487.EB.EXE

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...


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