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Windows 7: Help with choosing a CPU

26 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 8.1 64-bit
Help with choosing a CPU

Hi I am looking to uograde my processor but I'm looking at the motherboard specs and I am not sure as to what processors are compatible, I really only need 2Ghz so if somebody could look at a good priced one for that it would be really helpful.

CPU specs (ASRock > Wolfdale1333-D667)

CPU - LGA 775 for Intel® Dual Core Core™ 2 Extreme / Core™ 2 Duo / Pentium® Dual Core / Celeron, supporting Dual Core Wolfdale processors
- Compatible with all FSB1333*/1066/800/533 MHz CPUs except Quad Core
- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports EM64T CPU

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26 Dec 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Use cpu-z/ cpuid and post the cpu section here
CPU-Z | Softwares | CPUID
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26 Dec 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Judging from the age of your MB you are looking to upgrade your CPU for perfomence?
If you truly want to make a difference you'd have to upgrade your Motherboard as well I'm afraid.
There are two reasons for this:
1. The CPUs supported by your motherboard are not produced anymore which makes them, well quite expensive in the long run. From a quick look I'd say this is the "best" CPU your motherboard can support: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.9 GHz 4M L2 Cache LGA775 Dual-Core Processor: Electronics It goes for about 80 dollars used and may be found cheaper in some stores but it'd be a lucky find to actually see one still sold in stores.
I haven't really looked too much into Intel Processors lately but as far as I can tell, even the cheapest i5 (socket 1150) would be more powerful than the LGA775 up there.

Upgrading your MB would mean you'd also need a new power supply unit. It'd certainly be a bit espensive, upgrading the MB and CPU are usually the trickiest and most expensive part of upgrading your custom build. But also the two things that last you the longest if done correctly.

2. Again, judging from your MB I'd wager the guess that your graphic card is not really up to date either and might create a bottleneck if you start upgrading ontop of your current setup, especially if you're using the onboard graphics.

But if you're looking for a CPU just to get it running and aren't looking for perfomance that goes beyond the occasional indy game and Office-applications then I'd reccomend the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 I linked earlier.
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27 Dec 2015   #4

Windows 8.1 64-bit

Wow yeah that is pretty expensive. I didn't realise how old my motherboard was; it wasn't originally my PC so I had no idea. I might have to look into a new setup.

Thank you for your help :)
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27 Dec 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Koga99 said it in long hand. I will say it in short hand.

Updating/upgrading a old LGA 775 is expensive and useless.
When you get done you still have 10 year old system that runs like a 10 year system.
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27 Dec 2015   #6

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yep since a quad core is out of the question it is not worth doing,
I was thinking at first you already have the best dual core cpu now :/
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