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Windows 7: Installed New Processor, No video, help!

12 Apr 2014   #1

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Installed New Processor, No video, help!

I am no expert on processors.

In short:

Motherboard Specifications, IPIBL-LB (Benicia) HP Pavilion a6742p Desktop PC | HP® Support

There is my motherboard

And all of my info right there.

It gives me options to upgrade to and I'm just plain confused.

I bought a processor on Ebay: Intel Pentium D 960 SL9AP 3.60GHZ 4MB 800MHZ Socket LGA775 Dual-Core CPU

From what I saw on my processor through computer z it seemed to be the exact one just with more GHZ. But I'm no expert at ALL on processors.

In short: I would like help with 2 questions:

1: Why didn't I get a display when I installed the new processor? I updated the bios correctly and it booted corrrectly after I updated it. So does the processor just not fit my computer?

2: I see a list of processors that would but I don't understand it. I'm looking to spend between 50-100 to upgrade my processor. I have a 2.6 GHZ dual core and I'd like to get 3.6 or something around there at least. So you could give me some links, like newegg, etc. Or give me examples of what to search on ebay?

That's really all. Any advice is helpful.



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12 Apr 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

It looks as though the motherboard doesn't support your new processor. From the HP website you linked for your motherboard, it supports these processors:

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I'm not much of an Intel guy, but I don't think that Pentium D you bought matches any of those. You'll have to look around for one of the processors listed in that picture.

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12 Apr 2014   #3

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That's mainly why the second question is so important.

I just need help. Finding some examples of processors that would be compatible or.good key words to search. Maybe some newegg links to some compatible quad cores.

Also I would like a recommendation. I have a Radeon 7970 3GB video card, and I'm looking to max some games but this processor is slowing me down
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12 Apr 2014   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Processors that are compatible with that motherboard are no longer being made.

Prepare to look on Ebay, Craig's list, or whatever.

"Core 2 Duo" or "Core 2 Quad core" would be the search terms. You need one of those mentioned by Mellon Head.

But we don't know what Core 2 processor you now have. Maybe you already have top of the line.

The strongest suitable would be something like a Core 2 Duo Quad Core 9650. I think it's about 3.0 GHz.

I'd plan on getting a new motherboard so I could get a more modern processor. You'd also have to get DDR3 RAM, rather than the DDR2 that you now have.

Somewhere around $300 on up for these 3 pieces: motherboard, CPU, RAM.

If you have to stay with your current motherboard for budget reasons, you need to lower your expectations.

Most would tell you upgrading that processor only is like buying oats for a dead horse. Not likely to be a rewarding experience.
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12 Apr 2014   #5

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I dont get why it wouldn't be rewarding. I know there should be a processor that would work, that would make it pretty quick. I'm just looking for the best cost effective way to improve my speed, which I'm guessing would be to get 8 GB of DDR2 and an improved processor (I have the processor listed on the link I gave you above, a Intel 2.6 ghz dual core)
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12 Apr 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

The top of the line CPU for that board, Intel Q6600 is only 2.4GHz.

It is on Intel Cpu Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz Fsb1066Mhz 8M Lga775 Tray: Electronics
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13 Apr 2014   #7

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Well, you're entitled to define "rewarding" any way you want to.

The processors that are supported by that motherboard are listed in Mellon Head's post above.

I wouldn't expect more RAM to help in the least unless you have a specific reason to believe you are using all the RAM you have now.
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13 Apr 2014   #8

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Really fast, so that's the best possible processor at the best possible speed for my motherboard? I'm just unsure if a lower ghz would really be faster. I need some good advice with all this so I can learn

Great posts though. I really appreciate them.

Would I see a significant increase in speed from my 2.6 ghz pentium dual core?
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13 Apr 2014   #9

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"Significant" is like "rewarding".

You get to define it.

By my definition, no. By yours, maybe.

Go to and eyeball the CPU benchmark tables. You'll see dozens and dozens of cases where lower GHz quad cores hammer higher GHz dual cores.
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13 Apr 2014   #10

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I always heard dual core's were actually better for gaming.

My primary purpose is gaming, though I do multitask some on the side sometimes.

I mainly will play Elder Scrolls online, Diablo 3, and maybe Skyrim. My wife will probably get the Sims 4 when it comes out. I'm just looking to make this computer as fast as I can, specifically I want the highest frame rates I can get in games.

Are you sure there aren't any better processors that would work that are OVER 2.4 GHZ and also quad core?

Or would a dual core with a higher GHZ better serve my purpose? Again links and examples would help a lot.

I hope these questions don't annoy you all but I really just hate taking a couple general answers and assuming everything, when I really want to find the best thing for my purposes.

If I had a good deal lined up I would probably just sell this computer for $200 and maybe buy another for $350 with better ram and a better processor. But I just don't see a way to sell this easily and buy another computer easily.

Again my performance is almost where I want it. I feel a decent speed boost will make me more than content. I feel getting the best possible processor for what I like to do would help.

So any more ideas on the best possible processor? Best bang for your buck? And thoughts on dual core vs quad core with gaming?

Like would this work? In the specifications it says I can upgrade up to: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9xxxxxx
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