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Need help with an Asus P5Q3 Motherboard please!

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May 21, 2013 11:58:18 PM

Ok here is my problem...I'm like OK with computers, but I don't know a lot...I traded and got a desktop computer and the guy I traded with said I probably need to get a processor upgrade...now here is my problem, I have no idea what kind of processor would be best!

http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=...

^^^ That link is the CPU compatibility list for my motherboard, what I use this computer for is GAMING strictly! If someone could please tell me what would be the best processor to put in that'd be awesome, AND ALSO if I get a processor upgrade do I need to get a stronger power source for the computer? The current processor in the motherboard right now is Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz. I'd like a significant upgrade if possible!

If most of the processors in that list are crap, tell me that too so if I need to I can just buy a new motherboard and start building a computer from scratch.

THANKS! :) 

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a b V Motherboard
May 22, 2013 12:07:12 AM
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Upgrading a 775 CPU is quite pointless at this point. I would recommend buying current gen CPU and motherboard. If you're on a tight budget, a Core i3 and B75/H77 will be quite the upgrade for you. If you have the money, grab an i5/i7 + Z77 motherboard depending on your usage.
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a b V Motherboard
May 22, 2013 1:10:38 AM

To the OP, the other two posters are correct, there isn't much point in spending much money on a dead socket - the P5Q3 now almost 5 years old. Saying that, that mobo is a real gem for that socket 775, and considering you could get a Q9650 possibly second hand and cheap enough, it would save a lot of money on a full upgrade. A q9650 still holds it's own against a lot of I5's and is a decent chip. But I would only recommend that if you got it for like 50 euro/dollars or whatever currency. Otherwise save the shillings and go for a new cpu/mobo/ram.
May 22, 2013 2:25:29 PM

EzioAs said:
Upgrading a 775 CPU is quite pointless at this point. I would recommend buying current gen CPU and motherboard. If you're on a tight budget, a Core i3 and B75/H77 will be quite the upgrade for you. If you have the money, grab an i5/i7 + Z77 motherboard depending on your usage.


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So if I buy a new motherboard, how do I get the same size as the P5Q3 so it's guaranteed to fit in my tower?
a b V Motherboard
May 22, 2013 6:39:58 PM

That motherboard is a full size ATX, which means any other full size ATX, micro ATX and mini ITX will fit in your case. If you have any concern about which motherboard to buy, you can consult us.
May 22, 2013 6:49:17 PM

EzioAs said:
That motherboard is a full size ATX, which means any other full size ATX, micro ATX and mini ITX will fit in your case. If you have any concern about which motherboard to buy, you can consult us.


Thank you very much! You've been super helpful :D !

Any suggestions for a full size ATX motherboard for gaming? I can pick out other stuff like graphics card and whatnot for it, but I really just don't know squat about motherboards and processors >.<

a b V Motherboard
May 22, 2013 6:58:40 PM

Well, that depends on your budget, preference (AMD or Intel), and your usage as well as features (overclocking, SLI/Crossfire, Lucid Virtu, etc) as well. Tell us that and it'll help us in picking a suitable motherboard for you.
December 6, 2013 8:49:07 AM

EzioAs said:
Well, that depends on your budget, preference (AMD or Intel), and your usage as well as features (overclocking, SLI/Crossfire, Lucid Virtu, etc) as well. Tell us that and it'll help us in picking a suitable motherboard for you.


It's been a while, but now I have some money lol...could you please recommend a decent motherboard for around 200$ (AMD preferred I think) my usage is basic everyday internet use, youtube video's and whatnot, and heavy gaming, like the witcher 2 and borderlands 2, skyrim and tons more. Looking for a motherboard that will at least last me the next few years and pretty much outperform next gen video game consoles (xbox one and ps4). Also looking for a processor to go with it, I would like an Intel core i7, have had one in the past and from what I used the computer for I liked it just fine. Also with these upgrades I'm sure I'll need to upgrade my power supply, how do I find the right one that will still fit my tower and power use? Graphics card I'm unsure about, but I would like one with 2 GB memory on it, prolly in the hd 7000 series. Basically I'm asking you to help me build this computer :p , any help would be much appreciated!
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