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Windows 7: Core 2 Duo upgrade

24 Feb 2012   #1
Chalky Emultion

 
Core 2 Duo upgrade

hi,
I have an HP Media Center m7750.it (look at my specs)

I want to upgrade my CPU because some games lag too much: i have a Core 2 Duo Conroe E6300 (1,86 GHz, 2MB L2)

my botherboard is an ASUS P5LP-LE Leonite (socket LGA775). HP says that i can put into this any Core 2 Duo E4x00 or e6x00, but if i search on google i find people which says that some models are not supported.

so my question is: what CPU should i take? will a Core 2 Duo e6600/e6700/e6750 work?

(and no, i'm not going to change motherboard... all i want is a faster CPU for this pc )


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24 Feb 2012   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Typically with these older CPU's, upgrading from an E6300 to an E6700 would be such a marginal upgrade that you might hardly be able to discern a difference. Unless I could change up from say a dual core CPU to a quad core CPU, I don't think that I would even bother.
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24 Feb 2012   #3
Chalky Emultion

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Typically with these older CPU's, upgrading from an E6300 to an E6700 would be such a marginal upgrade that you might hardly be able to discern a difference. Unless I could change up from say a dual core CPU to a quad core CPU, I don't think that I would even bother.
E6700 has 4MB L2 Cache and works at 2.8 or 3.2 GHz...
E6300 has 2MB L2 Cache and works at 1.86 GHz...

it will not be a big upgrade, but should i gain some fps in games?
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24 Feb 2012   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Perhaps a few fps...but nothing radical. It's not like you would go from 17fps to 62fps. Maybe from 17fps to 21fps. Again, this is just a guess....I'm not a huge gamer or benchmarker of these types of things.
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24 Feb 2012   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I agree. There will be a very slight increase, but it will likely not be worth the investment.

A Quad would offer the most gain overall. In any app that will use all the cores would be a nice little jump in performance. In games and other apps that will not use them all, it would be the same as upgrading to a faster dual. marginal increase.


You may be better off saving a bit more, and just upgrade to a newer socket CPU.
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24 Feb 2012   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't even say that a quad core would definitely make a difference...unless the game you play specifically takes advantage of more than 2 cores. As others have said, the processors you are looking out would give a boost, but probably not that much.

The system seems fairly balanced, but in a several generations back, kind of way. If it was me, I'd save my money and just work on building a new computer. The OEM systems are designed to handle the hardware that was shipped with them. You never know what modifications were made to ensure only that processor will work, or that the cooling can handle something else, etc. I still remember the days when some OEM systems soldered in the processors.

I would think it would be a better usage of money to save your cash and build your own system. Then, you control your upgrade options next time around.
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