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June 7, 2014 2:26:50 PM

Hello guys i'm thinking of upgrading my cpu because my old pentium 4 is now too old for these new games :( 
It has done the job for the past 7years and now i need an upgrade, but my main worry is the new one won't work on my mobo. This is where you guys come in and help me out (I hope) :) 

my mobo: http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/motherboards/277414/asus...

new cpu (well not new): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/INTEL-CORE-2-QUAD-Q9300-25GHz...

specs

Intel pentium 4 dual core 3ghz
Asus P5G41T-M LX2
4gb corsair ram
hd readon 5750 ddr5 1gb
320gb hdd

ATM I get 20 steady FPS on arma 3 but I was told that it would go up if i upgraded my cpu.

all help appreciated
thanks
dan

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June 7, 2014 10:23:19 PM

You can find a list of compatible CPUs for your motherboard here, on your manufacturer's website. According to that list, the Q9300 and Q8400 are both compatible. Just ensure your BIOS is upto date; you can also download the latest drivers/BIOS from the manufacturer site linked.

Upgrading your CPU, I cannot guarantee you'll get more frames. I am not sure on what CPU you currently have. For the record, if that actually is your motherboard and you say your processor is dual-core; you do NOT have a Pentium 4. You have a Pentium Dual Core, which differs from a P4.

Upgrading your CPU to a quad-core is a great start; you could also look into upgrading your GPU in the future too, depending on what games you play, or are looking to play. Upgrading your CPU and GPU would be hassle-free upgrades, but your motherboard's socket, 775 is outdated, albeit Core 2 Quad's are still viable. If you want to seriously game with high graphics on modern games, you should look at a new motherboard (perhaps socket 1150 if you're sticking to Intel), CPU and a new GPU. You can use your current DDR3 RAM on a new motherboard, but you may want to put in an additional 4GB to total 8GB. That's if you want to seriously play graphically intensive games.

For minor upgrades, your CPU as mentioned earlier is a great place to begin. You should look into upgrading your GPU in the future too, however for ArmA 3 you should be fine.

All the best. :) 
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June 8, 2014 4:12:57 AM

Obnoxious said:
You can find a list of compatible CPUs for your motherboard here, on your manufacturer's website. According to that list, the Q9300 and Q8400 are both compatible. Just ensure your BIOS is upto date; you can also download the latest drivers/BIOS from the manufacturer site linked.

Upgrading your CPU, I cannot guarantee you'll get more frames. I am not sure on what CPU you currently have. For the record, if that actually is your motherboard and you say your processor is dual-core; you do NOT have a Pentium 4. You have a Pentium Dual Core, which differs from a P4.

Upgrading your CPU to a quad-core is a great start; you could also look into upgrading your GPU in the future too, depending on what games you play, or are looking to play. Upgrading your CPU and GPU would be hassle-free upgrades, but your motherboard's socket, 775 is outdated, albeit Core 2 Quad's are still viable. If you want to seriously game with high graphics on modern games, you should look at a new motherboard (perhaps socket 1150 if you're sticking to Intel), CPU and a new GPU. You can use your current DDR3 RAM on a new motherboard, but you may want to put in an additional 4GB to total 8GB. That's if you want to seriously play graphically intensive games.

For minor upgrades, your CPU as mentioned earlier is a great place to begin. You should look into upgrading your GPU in the future too, however for ArmA 3 you should be fine.

All the best. :) 


Hello Obnoxious thanks for responding, you have helped me out big time!
I've ordered a new cpu for now and gpu, but for now I'm sticking with my old mobo.
It is old I know but atm I don't have the funds for an i5/i7 setup, still saving up :) 


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