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February 27, 2009 8:46:18 AM

I want to upgrade my CPU and want to know what is the best one I can get for my system. I have this:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
ASUS P5B Deluxe
Crucial Ballistix 2 x 1GB PC2 6400 4-4-4-12, 2.2V

What would be the best CPU I can get for this system? Thanks.

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February 27, 2009 11:36:16 AM

My budget for a CPU upgrade is around $150. I'm just curious to know how much I can upgrade my Asus P5B Deluxe for around that price range.
February 27, 2009 11:49:53 AM

I apologize. I didn't know Asus had a CPU compatibility list. Thank you for the info. I'll go check myself.
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February 27, 2009 3:08:02 PM

Here is the compatibility list. It's been awhile since I looked at CPUs. Would anyone please tell me which are the best performance for around $150-200? Thanks

Celeron 420(1.60GHz,800 FSB,L2 512KB,LGA775,revA1)
Celeron 430(1.80GHz,800 FSB,L2 512KB,LGA775,revA1)
Celeron 440(2.00GHz,800 FSB,L2 512KB,LGA775,revA1)
Celeron 450(2.2GHz,800 FSB,L2 512KB,LGA775,revA1)
Celeron D 325J (2.53 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)
Celeron D 326(2.53 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)E0,EM64T
Celeron D 326(2.53 GHz, 533 FSB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 330J (2.66 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)
Celeron D 331(2.66 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)E0,EM64T
Celeron D 331(2.66 GHz, 533 FSB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 335J (2.80 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)
Celeron D 336 (2.80 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)E0,EM64T
Celeron D 336 (2.80 GHz, 533 FSB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 340J (2.93 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)
Celeron D 341 (2.93 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)E0,EM64T
Celeron D 341 (2.93 GHz, 533 FSB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 345J (3.06 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)
Celeron D 346 (3.06 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)E0,EM64T
Celeron D 346 (3.06 GHz, 533 FSB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 347 (revD0,65nm,3.06GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, LGA775)
Celeron D 351 (3.2 GHz, 533 FSB, LGA775)E0,EM64T
Celeron D 351 (3.2 GHz, 533 FSB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 352 (65nm,3.20 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, revD0, LGA775)
Celeron D 352 (revC1,65nm,3.20 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, LGA775)
Celeron D 355 (3.33 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:256KB, rev E0, LGA775)
Celeron D 355 (3.33 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:256KB, revG1, LGA775)
Celeron D 356 (65nm,3.33 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, revD0, LGA775)
Celeron D 356 (revB1, 65nm,3.33 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, LGA775)
Celeron D 356 (revC1,65nm,3.33 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, LGA775)
Celeron D 360 (65nm,3.46 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, revD0, LGA775)
Celeron D 365 (65nm,3.60 GHz, 533 FSB, L2:512KB, revD0, LGA775)
Celeron Dual Core E1200(revM0,1.6GHz,800 FSB,L2:512K)
Celeron Dual Core E1500(revM0,2.2GHz,800 FSB,L2: 512K)
Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,65W,rev.L2)
Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,65W,rev.L2)
Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,65W,rev.M0)
Core 2 Duo E4500 (2.2GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,65W,rev.M0)
Core 2 Duo E4600 (2.4GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,65W,rev.M0)
Core 2 Duo E4700 (2.6GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,revG0)
Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.B2)
Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.L2)
Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86GHz,1066FSB,B2:4MB,rev.B2)
Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.B2)
Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.L2)
Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2)
Core 2 Duo E6540 (2.33GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,rev.G0)
Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,rev.G0)
Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2)
Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2)
Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,rev.G0)
Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,rev.G0)
Core 2 Duo E7200(2.53GHz,1066FSB,L2:3MB,rev.M0)
Core 2 Duo E7300(2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:3MB,rev.M0)
Core 2 Duo E7400(2.80GHz,1066FSB,L2:3MB,rev.R0)
Core 2 Duo E7500(2.93GHz,1066FSB,L2:3MB,rev.R0)
Core 2 Duo E8190(2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0)
Core 2 Duo E8200 (2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0)
Core 2 Duo E8300 (2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0)
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W,rev.E0)
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0)
Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W,rev.E0)
Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0)
Core 2 Duo E8600 (3.33GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W,rev.E0)
Core 2 Extreme QX6700(revB3,2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB)
Core 2 Extreme QX6800 (rev.G0,2.93GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Extreme QX6850(revG0,3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:2X4MB)
Core 2 Extreme QX9650(revC0,3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:2X6MB)
Core 2 Extreme X6800(2.93GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,revB2)
Core 2 Quad Q6400 (2.13GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,rev.B3,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,rev.B3,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,rev.G0,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q6700 (2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:2X4MB,rev.G0,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q8200 (rev.M1,2.33GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q8200S (rev.R0,2.33GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q8300 (rev.R0,2.50GHz,1333FSB,L2:4MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.M1,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q9400 (rev.R0,2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB)
Core 2 Quad Q9400S (rev.R0,2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB)
Core 2 Quad Q9450 (2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB,rev.C1)
Core 2 Quad Q9550(2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB,rev.C1)
Core 2 Quad Q9550(rev.E0,2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB)
Core 2 Quad Q9550S(rev.E0,2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB)
Core 2 Quad Q9650(rev.E0,3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB)
P4-3.20F GHz (EM64T)
P4-3.40 GHz Extreme Ed. (800 FSB, HT, revM0, LGA775)
P4-3.40F GHz (EM64T)
P4-3.40GHz(FSB800, revR0)
P4-3.46 GHz Extreme Ed. (1066 FSB, HT, revM0, LGA775)
P4-3.60F GHz (EM64T)
P4-3.73 GHz Extreme Ed. (1066 FSB, HT, revN0, LGA775)
P4-3.80F GHz (EM64T)
P4-3.80GHz(FSB800, revR0)
P4-505/505J (2.66 GHz) (533 FSB)(E0,D0)
P4-506 (2.66 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T)(E0,D0)
P4-506 (2.66 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T, revG1)
P4-511 (2.8 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T, revG)
P4-511 (2.8 GHz) (533 FSB,revE0, EM64T)
P4-515 (2.93 GHz) (533 FSB)(E0,D0)
P4-516 (2.93 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T)(D0,E0)
P4-516 (2.93 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T, revG1)
P4-519K (3.06 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T, revG1)
P4-520/520J (2.8E GHz) (800 FSB) (D0,E0)
P4-521 (2.8GHz, 800 FSB,HT, L2 1MB)(D0,E0)
P4-524 (3.06GHz, 533 FSB,HT, L2 1M, revG1)
P4-530/530J (3E GHz) (800 FSB) (D0,E0)
P4-531 (3GHz, 800 FSB, L2 1MB)(D0,E0)
P4-540/540J (3.2E GHz) (800 FSB) (E0,D0)
P4-541 (3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2 1MB)(E0,D0)
P4-550/550J (3.4E GHz) (800 FSB) (D0.E0)
P4-551 (3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2 1MB,D0,E0)
P4-560/560J (3.6 GHz) (800 FSB) (DO,E0)
P4-561 (3.6GHz, 800 FSB, L2 1MB)
P4-570J (3.8 GHz) (800 FSB) (D0,E0)
P4-571 (3.8GHz, 800 FSB, L2 1MB V E0)
P4-630 (3.0E GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, EM64T, HT)
P4-631 (65nm,3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revB1)
P4-631 (65nm,3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revC1)
P4-631 (65nm,3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revD0)
P4-640 (3.2E GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, EM64T, HT)
P4-641 (65nm,3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revB1)
P4-641 (65nm,3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revC1)
P4-641 (65nm,3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revD0)
P4-650 (3.4E GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, EM64T, HT)
P4-651 (65nm,3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revB1)
P4-651 (65nm,3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revC1)
P4-651 (65nm,3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revD0)
P4-660 (3.6E GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, EM64T, HT)
P4-661 (65nm,3.6GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revB1)
P4-661 (65nm,3.6GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revC1)
P4-661 (65nm,3.6GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revD0)
P4-662 (3.6 GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, EM64T, HT, revR0)
P4-670 (3.8 GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB,N0)
P4-672 (3.8 GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB, revR0)
Pentium D 805 (2.66 GHz, 533 FSB, revB0)
Pentium D 820 (2.8 GHz, 800 FSB, revA0)
Pentium D 820 (2.8 GHz, 800 FSB, revB0)
Pentium D 830 (3.0 GHz, 800 FSB, revA0)
Pentium D 830 (3.0 GHz, 800 FSB, revB0)
Pentium D 840 (3.2 GHz, 800 FSB, revA0)
Pentium D 840 (3.2 GHz, 800 FSB, revB0)
Pentium D 915(2.8GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1, without VT function)
Pentium D 915(2.8GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revD0,without VT function)
Pentium D 920(2.8GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revB1)
Pentium D 925(3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1, without VT function)
Pentium D 925(3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revD0, without VT function)
Pentium D 930(3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revB1)
Pentium D 930(3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1)
Pentium D 935(3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, 95W, revD0
Pentium D 940(3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revB1)
Pentium D 940(3.2GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1)
Pentium D 945(3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1, without VT function)
Pentium D 945(3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revD0, without VT function)
Pentium D 950(3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revB1)
Pentium D 950(3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1)
Pentium D 950(3.4GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revD0)
Pentium D 960(3.6GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revC1)
Pentium D 960(3.6GHz, 800 FSB, L2 4MB, revD0)
Pentium Dual Core E2140(1.6GHz, 800FSB, L2 1MB,L2)
Pentium Dual Core E2140(1.6GHz,800FSB,L2 1MB,M0)
Pentium Dual Core E2160(1.8GHz, 800FSB, L2 1MB,L2)
Pentium Dual Core E2160(1.8GHz,800FSB,L2 1MB,M0)
Pentium Dual Core E2180(2.0GHz,800FSB,L2 1MB,M0)
Pentium Dual Core E2200(2.2GHz,800FSB,L2 1MB,M0)
Pentium Dual Core E2220(2.4GHz,800FSB,L2 1MB,M0)
Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2.50GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,rev.M0)
Pentium Dual Core E5300 (2.60GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,rev.R0)
Pentium Dual Core E5400 (2.70GHz,800FSB,L2:2MB,rev.R0)
Pentium Extreme Ed-840 (3.2 GHz, 800 FSB, revA0)
Pentium Extreme Ed-840 (3.2 GHz, 800 FSB, revB0)
Pentium Extreme ED-955(3.46GHz, rev A0,B1)
Pentium Extreme ED-965(3.73GHz, rev C1)
March 24, 2009 4:09:07 AM

well seeing as this topic says exactly what i want, I figured I'ld post my question here. I am looking to build a system mainly for windows media center to use as a dvr and the likes. I plan on a Asus P5N-SLI mobo, and am not sure which would be the fastest/best cpu to use. My price range has narrowed it down to the p4 550j 3.4ghz or the Celeron e1500 2.2ghz dual core. Can someone please tell me if the celeron being dual core would be like 1.8 times the 2.2ghz like the core 2 cpu are? Or at least which cpu would be the fastest. Thanks

bks in IN
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March 24, 2009 3:53:05 PM

don't go for celeron if u want to use it for media.

And no having two cores doesn't double ur speed it just means that the CPU can handle more tasks at once. It is like having two equally intelligent people doing two things. they aren't two times the speed the are just two times the workers in place of one person doing everything.

But don't take the Celeron. They are for mainstream users. Unless u aren't very serious about media, etc. don't take it.
March 24, 2009 4:59:11 PM

OK, I been doing some research, but the only place I was able to find comparisons of the P4 and the Dual core Celeron is http://www.cpu-world.com/benchmarks/ . However, they only have a E1200 Celeron to compare, which is only 1.6 ghz. But going thru the benchmark test results, the celeron performed quite surprisingly. There were 22 different tests, and the E1200 beat Celeron D 356 3.33ghz 18 outta 22, beat the P4 510 2.8 ghz 19 outta 22, beat the P4 530 3 ghz 18 outta 22, beat the P4 540 3.2 ghz 17 outta 22, beat the P4 560 3.6ghz 13 outta 22, and beat the P4 660 3.6ghz 12 outta 22 ........ And like I said thats only the 1.6 ghz E1200, I would think that the E1500 2.2ghz would really kick butt. But these are test results on performance, which in my opinion, should be the majority of what makes a cpu good. Am I missing something else?
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March 24, 2009 6:01:37 PM

this is because u compared dual core against single core. if u compared the celeron dual core against pentium dual core then u would see how much worse the celeron was than the pentium.

http://www.cpu-world.com/benchmarks/

check this out, it is the same E1200 against a pentium dual core. the pentium did better than the celeron.

the main reason is that pentiums have more cache and can run at a higher speed than a celeron. And if u get the pentium u can get much better overclocking results.
with a celeron, u can run into many problems, they are not meant to be upgraded and not meant to be used for intense apps.
March 24, 2009 7:01:40 PM

Well the P4 single core is what I want to compare to, as that is what I was thinking of buying (550J). This is because the dual core Pentium is atleast twice the money. So between the Celeron E1500 and the P4 550J, which one would you reccommend?? Or are you saying neither would work well for my app??I did find the E5300 at about 1.5 times the cost of the 550j, how does it stack up?
March 24, 2009 7:58:12 PM

I'd rather go for the Core 2 Duos over the Pentium Ds or Celerons...they have better instructions and are considerable better than the lower ones.
March 24, 2009 9:11:38 PM

OK, I did a little more research and found that I can get a Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5ghz cpu for 71.00, but I can not find any benchmark test results on it to compare with the other cpu's. So would the E5200 be a better choice for me?
March 24, 2009 9:21:06 PM

Try the Core 2 Duo E7400...it's only 120 and will outperform the E5200 by huge margins.
March 24, 2009 10:08:27 PM

Please, I am on a fixed buget, so these are my 3 choices ..... P-4 550j - 49.00 ; Celeron E1500 - 61.00 ; Pentuim dual core e5200 - 70.00 ........ I assume that the e5200 is by far the best choice, anyone dispute this ?? Thanks.
March 24, 2009 10:52:41 PM

Yeah it is.

I didn't realize you hijacked someone's post ;p, i was going by the $150 limit the OP posted above.
March 24, 2009 10:54:09 PM

All three of those CPU's are WORSE than your current CPU, the E6600. The P4 and the Celeron are WAY worse... c'mon man, WTF?
March 24, 2009 10:57:27 PM

The OP has left the thread and bks81 has taken it over.
March 25, 2009 12:58:59 AM

The Third Level said:
The OP has left the thread and bks81 has taken it over.


Ahhh... well... has the new guy mentioned what CPU he's running right now?
March 25, 2009 3:33:06 AM

I'm sorry, should I have started a new thread with pretty much the same title? I assumed to keep things together so when people do a search that I would post under this thread. Anyhow, I am building a new system to use windows media center with as a dvr type system, so it dont have to be a kick _ss system, and I dont over clock, play major games, ect. Just trying to put together a system that will work well for what I need it for, Planning on installing a bluray/dvd writer in it, ect. Thanks.
March 25, 2009 6:40:10 PM

With the Nehalem processors being updated I would wait to do a full system upgrade. I would just get a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and live with it for now. Alos you should get about 4gb of RAM.
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March 25, 2009 6:51:08 PM

bks81, I would go with the pentium dual core E5200 if u are on a tight budget. If u can u should save up and go with core 2 quad , 4gig RAM etc.

But for ur budget I say the Pentium dual core, best deal u will get, and good processor for the budget.

April 17, 2009 12:02:47 AM

I recommend the E8400 also. It outperforms all but the most expensive of Quads. Even that is marginal in most tests. Most Quad cores have workers sitting idle at their desks, to stick with the analogy given earlier
April 17, 2009 12:39:44 PM

E8400 + a decent cooler.
April 17, 2009 3:11:35 PM

^What are you talking about?
April 1, 2010 5:50:09 AM

e8400 most crazy cpu i have used in my life and add a collit domino for about 60$ it's an overclocker killer system has long you have good memory like corsair or kingston
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