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Windows 7: I Need Your Opinion on a Processor Upgrade

08 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 
[Solved] I Need Your Opinion on a Processor Upgrade

Hi Everyone,

Nowadays, Core2Quad s are going for dirt cheap prices. Right now, a Q8300 is being sold at my country for more or less $100. It's not brand new however.

Judging from my specifications. What good Quad Core processors can you recommend?

I'm no good when it comes to hardware and what's compatible and not, so I'm asking.

I'm looking for something that will have a significant increase. I'll be rebuilding a new system on December so I need something to get me by until then.

Last but not least, I'd really appreciate it if I can get the biggest bang out of my buck, so to speak

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08 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Core 2 quad Q9400 is a good choice for Socket T (LGA775)
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08 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
Core 2 quad Q9400 is a good choice for Socket T (LGA775)
Thanks for the suggestion mate. However, couldn't find any being sold at our online shop in the Philippines. Any other suggestions?
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08 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1
 
 

Hi "oreo27".

In case you have not done this, check the Intel site and verify which processor your Motherboard is fully compatible with. They list DG31PR and DG31PL. They both seem to support many processors but make sure you select the correct one. It will save you a lot trouble after the upgrade.

Intel® Processors and Boards Compatibility Tool - Home Page
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08 Jan 2011   #5

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

It is always a good idea to upgrade hardware if you can, that is what governs your machine's speed and performance, and in desktop machines the main processor, (CPU), is mainly responsible for this.

However, I would be wary of buying used components, they may be unreliable or damaged and there is rarely much you can do about it once you have parted with your money.


It is also essential to make sure any items you upgrade are compatible with your present hardware, before you buy them.

Here are some of the Intel specifications for your machine;

http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...ldocuments.htm

I was unable to find any specifications for your motherboard at the manufacturer's site.

If you do upgrade, you are best advised to buy from a reputable dealer.

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Manigue View Post
Hi "oreo27".

In case you have not done this, check the Intel site and verify which processor your Motherboard is fully compatible with. They list DG31PR and DG31PL. They both seem to support many processors but make sure you select the correct one. It will save you a lot trouble after the upgrade.

Intel® Processors and Boards Compatibility Tool - Home Page
Thanks. I checked it out and couldn't find my board because I just realized it's a different brand. whoops

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
It is always a good idea to upgrade hardware if you can, that is what governs your machine's speed and performance, and in desktop machines the main processor, (CPU), is mainly responsible for this.

However, I would be wary of buying used components, they may be unreliable or damaged and there is rarely much you can do about it once you have parted with your money.


It is also essential to make sure any items you upgrade are compatible with your present hardware, before you buy them.

Here are the specifications for your machine;

Intel® G31 Express Chipset - Technical Documents

If you do upgrade, you are best advised to buy from a reputable dealer.

Regards....Mike Connor
Thanks mate. Here in the Philippines, there are reputable sellers of used parts and I've bought parts once or twice from them and always enjoyed their warranties.

Thanks mate.

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Guys, I found my mainboard's specifications

Products

Won't the FSB speed be an issue? 1333 for my processor. 800 for my RAM?

I mean I truly don't know these things.
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08 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I had to switch to a E8400 from a Q6600 and was really unhappy. I just couldn't afford a higher end Quad processor at the time and no one had any Q6600's. I'd make sure the used one was working porperly before I would purchase a used CPU.
The Q6600 if you get a GO stepping is very overclockable.
Fabe
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11 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
I had to switch to a E8400 from a Q6600 and was really unhappy. I just couldn't afford a q higher end q processor at the time and no one any Q6600's. I'd make sure the used oe was working porperly before iI would purchase a used CPU.
The Q6600 if you get a GO stepping is very overclockable.
Fabe
Hi,

Actually, I don't intend to overclock it because of two reasons.

  1. The heat in my room is truly extreme. It's facing a really crappy roof which bounces the heat of the Sun straight to my room. On a normally clocked system. My CPU goes to 50 degrees
  2. I use the stock heat sync. I don't have enough cooling power to support it.
I'm actually dealing with a guy right now having this same model. Any other opinions on it?
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27 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I just wanted to update you guys. I've changed three components of my system due to damages. My motherboard, ASUS M2N68 AM-PLUS; My processor, AMD Athlon II x4 2.9 GHz Propus and my Power Supply, to a generic 600W one. I'm now changing my video card to a ATi HD 5670, probably in a week or two. So I essentially bought a new system :P

Anyway. Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm marking this as solved.
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27 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

FYI in order to mark it as solved you need to click on the red triangle and simply write solved or resolved. Which I just did.
Fabe
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