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Windows 7: Upgrade advice

01 Aug 2010   #21
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NTFS View Post
The LGA775 series is obsolete. I would recommend a Phenom x4 with an 890X motherboard for a decent brand new system.
No doubt that'd be a cost-effective upgrade, but it looks more like a $300+ upgrade to me. (DDR3 would be required with an 890X MB, no?)

What's the main use of the system? Doesn't look like a gaming system, but I might be wrong. (I have what should be a pretty good gaming system, but I don't do much gaming.)

I'd suggest waiting until you can come up with more than $200, and doing an upgrade that is less of a stopgap.

(Damn. This thread really took off while I was looking around. Looks like it's turned into a real Intel vs AMD fan festival.)


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01 Aug 2010   #22
NTFS

Windows 7 Home Premium x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchase520 View Post
The difference is I've had mine for about 5 years already with out having to upgrade
And? The time will come eventually.
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01 Aug 2010   #23
NTFS

Windows 7 Home Premium x86-64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NTFS View Post
The LGA775 series is obsolete. I would recommend a Phenom x4 with an 890X motherboard for a decent brand new system.
No doubt that'd be a cost-effective upgrade, but it looks more like a $300+ upgrade to me. (DDR3 would be required with an 890X MB, no?)

What's the main use of the system? Doesn't look like a gaming system, but I might be wrong. (I have what should be a pretty good gaming system, but I don't do much gaming.)

I'd suggest waiting until you can come up with more than $200, and doing an upgrade that is less of a stopgap.
$300 that is the newest you can get from AMD - that will last.
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01 Aug 2010   #24
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

JChase, you have a Core 2 Quad, that's cool. If I had that right now, I wouldn't even be looking to upgrade for a long while.

But getting back to my economical upgrade, I'm essentially looking for a relatively cheap performance boost, mainly to boost the speed of my video encoding. Now, I don't do any high end editing with Adobe Premier, just some simple stuff with Sony Vegas and for the most part, like to run VMs every so often for testing and a lot of media (audio and video) watching. I do some light gaming but mostly with games that are usually pre-2007 so I'm not too concerned about the latest features currently.

And yeah, I want to avoid spending the money on DDR3 right now hence why I want to stick with LGA 775 and not go with LGA 1156 or 1366 right now. But I might have to take AMD into consideration. I've been an Intel person since I've started using computers and never had an AMD PC but having more cores may be a deciding factor. I'll take a look at combo deals and see what works under a budget.
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01 Aug 2010   #25
NTFS

Windows 7 Home Premium x86-64
 
 

CPU: AMD Athlon x4 635

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-882-_-Product

RAM: Kingston Value Ram 4GB DDR3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-810-_-Product

MOBO: 880G ATX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-444-_-Product

That will do for a long while.

$300 total.
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01 Aug 2010   #26
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
Yes, the video card slot version, on the -16 slot doesn't matter, the 2.0 is backward compatible, just won't be at it's max possible speeds, talking around 10% difference at most.

Yeah, it would be nice but the 930 I am sure is huge upgrade for me, although my system as is runs great, my wife will be more than pleased, though the 5850 stays with me.
The 2.0 cards will work on 1.0, 1.1 slots not the other way around with old cards on the newer 2.0 boards. Thats where the problem is for old cards.

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lol @ LGA 775 is obsolete. My quad core will be ahead of its time for another 5 years, It still over clocks to 3.6 ghz .
3.6GHz? My 965 runs 3.4GHz @ stock and can push 4GHz+, that LGA775 isn't even a native quad, its dual stuck together, old architecture.
The early reviews on the 965 claimed 6.3ghz oced in one article some time back. I simply went with the faster default clock speed rather then trying to push things out of a lesser model.

Being a 125W means it will run warmer however over the other 90w and certainly 65w models. When the need to swap memory out came for 1.5v dimms over the 1.9v the hsf also had to be replaced due to the heat shields sticking up above the dimms pushing up on that. The new hsf lost some -5C of cooling in the process.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchase520 View Post
The difference is I've had mine for about 5 years already with out having to upgrade
5yr.s years is certainly a good stretch like the 6 1/2yr. old Socket A build I have onhand here now simply for testing things that will run the 32bit 7 with XP drivers! onboard sound, old AGP video card, chipset, old Audigy 2 sound card even all XP drivers. But it's an old spare!

New board = USB 3.0 and Sata III ports when correct model selected. That's the latest models seeing about $140 a board if not higher with only a few mainly Microatx fetching less.
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01 Aug 2010   #27
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Nah, I'd go for the Phenom II X4 945 instead of that for $39 more if looking to really go for it for a little bit more.

NTFS just started all the nitpicking, hehe

That Raga 445 X3 has a chance of unlocking the 4th core also, most things aren't taking avantage of extra cores much, so it's often a non-factor.

Our spare 3rd PC is a AMD Athlon (not 64 unfortunately) 3000+, 2 gigs of DDR400, 5900XT video card (AGP 8x slot), with I think I have a SB-512 sound card in it, though might be on-board now for Win7 not liking that old dinosaur (it's all relative) hardware, it runs 32-bit 7 HP adequately for basic surfing and minor gaming needs.
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01 Aug 2010   #28
jchase520

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NTFS View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchase520 View Post
The difference is I've had mine for about 5 years already with out having to upgrade
And? The time will come eventually.
by the time I NEED to upgrade I would have gotten 10 times the value of if I spent money on a phenom
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01 Aug 2010   #29
NTFS

Windows 7 Home Premium x86-64
 
 

$39 for L3 cache isn't required, unless you are gaming.
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01 Aug 2010   #30
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't know where you're getting that PCIe 2.0 Slots won't support PCIe 1.0 and 1.1 cards. Almost all sources I've read indicate the opposite.
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