Upgrade my CPU to a mid-range gaming CPU?

on cpubenchmarks.com, I'm looking for something in the high end CPU section... http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

but my problem is that, I don't know ANYTHING bout CPU upgrades haha
I know enough about GPUs though, and Im looking for a mid-range gaming CPU because my GPU is a HD 4850 512 MB and my current specs are:

Dell Inspiron 545
Corsair TX750 W PSU
8 GB RAM (stock)
Diamond Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
stock motherboard for my 545 (Piece of S***)

also idk whether any of these new CPUs will be compatible, and I dont even know what they look like/how big they are besides they are small ish, silicone silver squares built into the mobo...

idk how to switch them out either

can I get some help as to what to buy for $150, I just want to run Black Ops 2 on a great FPS at almost Max settings. thanks!
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  1. http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=29646663

    Looks core a core 2 quad is you limit. Sorry to tell you but not a single CPU on that list will go in your computer. The lowest Intel cpus are the I series and yours is right before that. Your current cpu is not a 545 that is the dell product # your cpu is most likely an e5400 or e7200 from what I see poking around. Also a few more things you might run into is you power supply might not be able to handle the added need for power with a quad core.
  2. thently said:
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=29646663

    Looks core a core 2 quad is you limit. Sorry to tell you but not a single CPU on that list will go in your computer. The lowest Intel cpus are the I series and yours is right before that. Your current cpu is not a 545 that is the dell product # your cpu is most likely an e5400 or e7200 from what I see poking around. Also a few more things you might run into is you power supply might not be able to handle the added need for power with a quad core.


    I don't have the slim version, I have the fatter tower version (the inspiron 545, not 545s)... and my PSU has 750W.
  3. kanyewestfan said:
    on cpubenchmarks.com, I'm looking for something in the high end CPU section... http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    but my problem is that, I don't know ANYTHING bout CPU upgrades haha
    I know enough about GPUs though, and Im looking for a mid-range gaming CPU because my GPU is a HD 4850 512 MB and my current specs are:

    Dell Inspiron 545
    Corsair TX750 W PSU
    8 GB RAM (stock)
    Diamond Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
    stock motherboard for my 545 (Piece of S***)

    also idk whether any of these new CPUs will be compatible, and I dont even know what they look like/how big they are besides they are small ish, silicone silver squares built into the mobo...

    idk how to switch them out either

    can I get some help as to what to buy for $150, I just want to run Black Ops 2 on a great FPS at almost Max settings. thanks!


    What processor you have currently? State model.

    So you said you have Mini Tower (MT) - the Inspiron 545 uses socket 775 and the only quads that it appears to have been configured with MT were the Q8300, Q9300 and Q9400.

    Since I don't know your CPU I will guess it is Dual Core - Q9400 is 95 watt and Dual Core is 65 watt, I am checking now CPU cooler compatibility.

    This is for Dual Core CPU setup, 65 watt is using C957N/ 0C957N, cheapest new for $19.84

    Q9400, 95 watt (maximum possible, according to credible reports) is using C955, can be found for only $16.24


    Basically you got maximum processor upgrade explained above.

    You can not get any better CPU currently, only if you decide to build new system, but this will be way above $150 target.

    Even with eBay Q9400 will cost you http://www.ebay.com/sch/CPUs-Processors-/164/i.html?_sop=15&_from=R40&_nkw=q9400

    So?
  4. Kisianik said:
    kanyewestfan said:
    on cpubenchmarks.com, I'm looking for something in the high end CPU section... http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    but my problem is that, I don't know ANYTHING bout CPU upgrades haha
    I know enough about GPUs though, and Im looking for a mid-range gaming CPU because my GPU is a HD 4850 512 MB and my current specs are:

    Dell Inspiron 545
    Corsair TX750 W PSU
    8 GB RAM (stock)
    Diamond Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
    stock motherboard for my 545 (Piece of S***)

    also idk whether any of these new CPUs will be compatible, and I dont even know what they look like/how big they are besides they are small ish, silicone silver squares built into the mobo...

    idk how to switch them out either

    can I get some help as to what to buy for $150, I just want to run Black Ops 2 on a great FPS at almost Max settings. thanks!


    What processor you have currently? State model.

    So you said you have Mini Tower (MT) - the Inspiron 545 uses socket 775 and the only quads that it appears to have been configured with MT were the Q8300, Q9300 and Q9400.

    Since I don't know your CPU I will guess it is Dual Core - Q9400 is 95 watt and Dual Core is 65 watt, I am checking now CPU cooler compatibility.

    This is for Dual Core CPU setup, 65 watt is using C957N/ 0C957N, cheapest new for $19.84

    Q9400, 95 watt (maximum possible, according to credible reports) is using C955, can be found for only $16.24


    Basically you got maximum processor upgrade explained above.

    You can not get any better CPU currently, only if you decide to build new system, but this will be way above $150 target.

    Even with eBay Q9400 will cost you http://www.ebay.com/sch/CPUs-Processors-/164/i.html?_sop=15&_from=R40&_nkw=q9400

    So?



    I have a Core 2 Quad Q8200, how much better is this than my current?
  5. Q8200 benchmark is 2849 and Q9400 is 3431, bu the price would be up to $150, less if you got lucky on eBay so it is not huge difference as you wanted, in games it will add 5-10 FPS max, if not less.
    I cannot tell you to upgrade, you decide.
  6. Yeah don't do it you will be unhappy with the results as you are already on a quad. From a dual to a quad would be quite large jump but from a slow quad to a slightly faster quad would not give you much. On the flip side i had that same q9400 myself and it overclocked to 3.8 for years that was nice. sucks Dell has no OC options.

    thent
  7. byogamingpc said:
    Well you could get a new motherboard and processor. I'd recommend the AMD FX4100 http://amzn.to/10n5KBu and ASUS M5A97 http://bit.ly/18rTxlA. This will keep you close to your $150 budget.


    It is almost $200, not so close, also Dell OS would not work on non Dell motherboard, so add more $$ for OS, and now you are looking into $250-300
  8. Yes, Dell doesn't make OS, but supplies serial number, if OP would use another Dell motherboard, for example, he can install his OS using original serial number for free, so you know.
    Ubuntu may be nice, but MS is everywhere. So this is strictly personal choice.
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