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E6300 Vs. E4300 Vs. PD945

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February 3, 2007 10:02:04 PM

I am going to upgrade my CPU while keeping my old DDR RAM and AGP video card, here are my current specs:

Socket A AMD Sempron 2800+
2 X 512 MB PC3200 RAM
256 MB 6200 GeForce (AGP)
Soundblaster Audigy 4

Other info: I use a wireless network card, 3-6 USB ports (3 are ALWAYS on), a front bay card reader, and a 250 W Power Supply.

I will most likely be using this motherboard, because it supports my current components and is the proper dimensions for my case (9.6X9.6). Other suggestions are welcome, and I can change the case if a much better mobo is found.

Which of the following will be the best upgrade? I will not be overclocking, as the motherboard does not support it, and I’m on a tight budget ($250-$300 including the motherboard and power supply)

PD 945
E4300
E6300

I know upgrading to a Pentium D would require a new power supply, but what about the core 2 duo’s? The saved money would allow me to get an E6400.

Thanks in advanced! :D 

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February 3, 2007 10:29:23 PM

I'd go with the E4300. Haven't had any dealings with the other two processors, but I know I love this thing. Just wish I could overclock it, instead of just the RAM. :lol: 

Ambient ~75ºF, processor 90ºF both cores running at full load. :D 
For perspective, my PIII ran much hotter then that.
February 3, 2007 10:41:11 PM

If you aren't overclocking, then I'd choose the E6300.

It has a faster FSB than the E4300, and will run much cooler and faster than the PentiumD.
You'll probably need more than 250W whichever one you choose. Check it with a PSU calculator.
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February 3, 2007 10:54:21 PM

I used the calculator and my current setup needs 239 W (@ 100% CPU Utilization) and upgrading would need 242 W. Seems like the old Power Supply would work, but im not sure if thats pushing the unit to far. Also, would getting the E6400 instead of E6300 (using the 30 bucks saved from not getting a new PS) be the best choice?
February 4, 2007 12:03:08 AM

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I will not be overclocking, as the motherboard does not support it


Newegg says that motherboard supports a 1066mhz effective FSB, so get the E4300 (with a 800MHz FSB) and bump it up to 1066. At this setting, the E4300 will run at 2.4GHz, same as a E6600 with half the cache. That's if Newegg is correct.

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I used the calculator and my current setup needs 239 W (@ 100% CPU Utilization) and upgrading would need 242 W. Seems like the old Power Supply would work, but im not sure if thats pushing the unit to far.


I'm not a PSU expert, but that calculator is for finding the wattage for the 12volt rail only. So, 242watts divided by 12volts equals 20amps on the combined 12 volt rails. But the PSU must also have a max output of 242watts on the 12 volt rail. Again, PSU's are a mystery to me so ask around.
February 4, 2007 12:24:08 AM

Just read some of the customer reviews on the P5PE-VM. It seems like it only has a 1066MHz FSB if a E6x00 C2D is installed. There are no BIOS features that allow overclocking. Odd board.
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