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September 21, 2009 7:00:36 PM

Hi i recently bought this motherboard.

I'm looking to get a processor to fit this, i'm aware it needs to be Intel.

Please can you recommend me a good compatible processor. Thanks.

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September 21, 2009 7:01:56 PM

whats the cpu budget
September 21, 2009 7:04:28 PM

Honestly not sure. just want a decent one to run WoW and AION.
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September 21, 2009 7:05:36 PM

Thats a really weird mobo. AGP and PCI-e, DDR2 and DDR. Anyway, you can fit any LGA 775 socket CPU in there. You should really tell us what you want to spend so we can tell you what to get.
September 21, 2009 7:09:24 PM

Hmm, best value for around £50-60?
all i can afford currently.
September 21, 2009 7:12:15 PM

I've currently got a Pentium 4 3.0GHz....
so anything will be a good upgrade from that lol
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September 21, 2009 7:15:07 PM

800 and 1066 fsb core2 duos at .65 nm will work depending on your bios version. e2200, e4600, e5400, e7500 will work with bios version p2.10. Also the q6600, a popular cpu for overclocking. You may have to use your p4 to do a bios flash if your new cpu doesn't post. Test it on a non conductive surface or cardboard box (also phonebook) with just the cpu/heatsink, memory, video, keyboard, and power supply atx 20 pin and 4 pin connections. I touch the power switch pin cluster with a plain flathead screwdriver to start it up.
September 21, 2009 7:32:04 PM

ok thanks, any more suggestions?
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September 21, 2009 8:02:21 PM

Your CPU Support List

From the CPU's your motherboard support, I would recommend either the 2.5Ghz E5200 (£51.99 inc VAT) or 2.93Ghz E7500 (£91.99 inc VAT).
Either will be far faster than your current P4 3ghz CPU.

Unfortunately, due to the age of your motherboard and its VIA PT880 Chipset, do not expect to be able to overclock at all.
In your case, what you pay for is what you get, at least until you get a newer Intel based motherboard.
September 21, 2009 8:34:12 PM

ok whats the difference in performance between those 2 above?
thanks btw
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September 21, 2009 8:45:20 PM

Probably not enough to justify paying nearly double.
If you had a better motherboard I would recommend getting the E5200 and overclocking it.
Unfortunately, a new motherboard is going to cost you quite a bit more than the 40£ premium between the two CPUs.

At stock, either should have more than enough power for the games you are looking to play.
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September 21, 2009 8:51:57 PM

I had one with a 7900GTO, on PCI-E, noticed very little bottlenecking due to the pci-ex4. as outlw6669 said it does not oc. I ran it with an E6600 and 2Gb of DDR400 to start with, was a good board only a minor improvement going to p5b dl on same cpu. Mine didn't like booting from a sata driv though, pata was fine, could be my board though.
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September 21, 2009 8:58:14 PM

the e6300 linked above is of the newer intel core 2's they ran out of names and just renamed a new cpu to an old name
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September 21, 2009 8:59:32 PM

I say go with the Q6600. Anyway take a look at the CPU support list for the board

Make sure you pic a CPU where under "Since BIOS" it says "All". If it doesn't say "All" then it needs a BIOS update to support that CPU, and you can't update the BIOS if you can't get the darn thing to boot.
September 21, 2009 10:04:17 PM

Q6600 is expensive.
September 21, 2009 10:08:38 PM

seems like a nice upgrade for mine. Anyone got anything to say.
Id like to say thanks for the help
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September 21, 2009 10:22:46 PM

Yeah it would definitely give you some more performance since the E6300 is 2.8ghz and the E5200 is 2.5. Same amount of cache though.
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September 22, 2009 6:58:04 AM

beanymattd said:
Am i right in saying the following:

Will give better performance than the E5200?

Yes, the E6300 will give you more performance than an E5200.
Unfortunately, it is not on your CPU Support List so it may or may not work.

Make sure and check your sites CPU Return Policy before purchasing.
If you are unlucky and it does not work in your motherboard, you may be stuck with it...
September 22, 2009 2:59:56 PM

hmm i thought it was compatible?
September 22, 2009 3:05:04 PM

if not, maybe ill get the E5200 instead to be safe.
September 22, 2009 3:09:53 PM

My mate had this board, unfortunately it is not good overclocker so I would recommend fastest clock speed dual core CPU that You can get for Your budget and is supported by Your m/b. Which would be E5400 or for £10 less You can get E5300
September 22, 2009 3:10:02 PM

With the E5200 it says i need a 2.0 BIOS, what does this mean and how do i know if i have one.
September 22, 2009 3:10:38 PM

ah thanks mate i was looking at the E5400 a second ago.
September 22, 2009 3:12:06 PM

thanks ill look into the E5400 then :) 
you're sure it's supported by the way?
September 22, 2009 3:13:48 PM

As for E6300 confusion, it is intels fault as there are 2 different E6300- old 65nm 1.86GHz which is supported by this m/b and new 45nm E6300 2.8GHz not supported by this m/b
September 22, 2009 3:17:58 PM

It should show bios version on post screen and/or in the bios. You can use Your old P4 if it is socket 775 to update bios before You put new CPU in.
September 22, 2009 4:30:38 PM

Which BIOS version is needed for the E5400? Are all ok?
September 22, 2009 4:50:59 PM

P2.10 it is the latest
September 22, 2009 4:53:55 PM

and id have to update them by using my pentium 4 first i guess, then switch? or can i update with my new processor.
September 22, 2009 5:17:49 PM

never mind. Motherboard comes with

BIOS type SMBIOS 2.3.1

I'm presuming that means i'm ok
September 22, 2009 6:15:32 PM

You can get bios here

That SMBIOS 2.3.1 I think is referring to BIOS type not version because newest version listed on ASRock site is 2.10

If it works with new cpu you can use it to update bios. I think it should be working but it might not recognize it fully and show as unknown CPU and might not work at full speed.

Since You have P4 CPU I would probably use that for BIOS if E5400 is not properly recognised just to be safe.

If it is working and recognizing E5400 then probably there is no need to update.
September 22, 2009 9:34:41 PM

I had that board and it's complete trash. What are the other specs of your system?

I hope you don't have an agp card , and the pcie on that board is version 1 and 4x which is completely not for gaming.
To answer your question, get a e5200.
September 22, 2009 9:37:35 PM

i have an AGP card thats whyive got this mobo
September 23, 2009 1:37:36 PM

surely an E5400 is better than an E5200?