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Windows 7: Looking to upgrade my CPU

16 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit
 
 
Looking to upgrade my CPU

ok so im looking to upgrade my cpu but im not sure what would be the best value for money is this is out there that will suit my motherboard

Motherboard : alienware Area-51 R6 (Socket 775)
CPU : Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz

anyone have an idea for me which way to go i want something over 3.0GHz but dont want to spend over $500

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16 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Your only logical choice for a pin compatible CPU (LGA 775-Penryn) that would be an upgrade for your system with a base clock speed of 3.0 GHz would be the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 unless you're willing to consider overclocking the lesser models...

I don't think they even sell those outside of ebay, the rest of the usual e-tailers show it being out of stock.
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16 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If you have $500 to spend, get an i5 3450, mobo and ram.
$400 and you'll have a much faster system than a Q9650.
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16 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Your only logical choice for a pin compatible CPU (LGA 775-Penryn) that would be an upgrade for your system with a base clock speed of 3.0 GHz would be the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 unless you're willing to consider overclocking the lesser models...

I don't think they even sell those outside of ebay, the rest of the usual e-tailers show it being out of stock.
i have been looking and only found a few... dont spose i could go outside the intell range with that motherboard
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16 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
If you have $500 to spend, get an i5 3450, mobo and ram.
$400 and you'll have a much faster system than a Q9650.
will it fit on that motherboard.. i was looking at i5 but didnt think they would fit
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16 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ULLYSES View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
If you have $500 to spend, get an i5 3450, mobo and ram.
$400 and you'll have a much faster system than a Q9650.
will it fit on that motherboard.. i was looking at i5 but didnt think they would fit
That's why he mentioned the new mobo (motheboard) as well... you'll need to get the i5 paired with a new motherboard and ram.
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16 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit
 
 

ooops missed that sorry mmm kk
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16 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Don't get hung up on just the speed of the processor. That's like comparing horsepower in cars. It isn't much more than marketing drivel.

You aren't going to see much of a difference in any upgrade you'd make in your current setup. So, I'd either go the suggested route of a system upgrade with new memory, motherboard, and processor, or leave it as is.
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16 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The Q9650 or 9550 is the best upgrade option for that platform.

But, as mentioned, for the cost you could just get a i5 and motherboard that would outperform it.


If you know someone whos upgrading and has a Q9650 or 9550 and can get it cheap, go that route.
If not, save a bit more cash and just upgrade the CPU/MOBO/RAM.

I mean, your looking at $300 plus for a 9650 new, if you can find one.
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16 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

..replied to wrong post..
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