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Upgrade Pentium 4 to i7?

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November 27, 2009 7:37:55 PM

I am upgrading from a pentium 4 2.4ghz. Should I get an i7 920 2.66ghz?

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November 27, 2009 7:38:25 PM

depends on your budget.
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November 27, 2009 7:42:01 PM

Assuming that I have the money. Also, I am a gamer.
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November 27, 2009 7:57:13 PM

How much money should we assume is in your upgrade budget?
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November 27, 2009 8:06:20 PM

$500 max (hopfully less)
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November 27, 2009 8:12:00 PM

$500 would BARELY cover JUST the processor and the motherboard, much less DDR3 RAM, and most likely a new power supply. You're gonna have to look towards the Phenom II's if you want performance without paying much.
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November 27, 2009 8:20:14 PM

you said that you want to upgrade to i7, that isnt going to happen unless you buy a new mobo, new ram, new PSU, and new graphics card.

Come back when you have 1100 bucks, then we can help ya out! ;) 
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November 27, 2009 8:20:49 PM

Im just talking about the processor. I know that I will have to get the other upgrades. Sorry if i wasn't clear enough.
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November 27, 2009 8:25:14 PM

dont buy a single part now and wait to get other things now
by the time you will save for motherboard the prices for the cpu will fall
purchase everything at once
save 1grand and come back and we will help you
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November 27, 2009 8:40:18 PM

Ok, sorry hehe I'm kind of a newbie at this kind of stuff :p 
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November 27, 2009 8:44:49 PM

oob360 said:
Im just talking about the processor. I know that I will have to get the other upgrades. Sorry if i wasn't clear enough.


If $500 is the cash that you are putting aside for the processor only, and you have more cash to use to purchase other parts, then the i7 920 is your best bet. It overclocks easily to i7 975 levels and beyond, and will game and run any apps you care to throw at it. Pair it with a nice motherboard (P6T Deluxe) some good quality RAM (6Gb MHz corsair will do) a decent graphics card (5850/5870 for DX11, 4870/GTX275 for DX10) and a nice PSU (corsair, PC power and cooling) and you'll be blown away by the performance.
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November 27, 2009 9:06:12 PM

wow thanks!
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November 27, 2009 9:13:08 PM

Buy the i7 920 at Microcenter for $200. Don't buy it on Newegg atm, it's overpriced ($289).

Try EBAY or Amazon, and you can get it for $200-$270ish

Then buy the other components such as the mobo and RAM.
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November 27, 2009 11:12:01 PM

920 - $200
MoBo - $280
RAM - $160
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