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If I buy a new CPU, do I need different memory or a new motherboard?

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December 10, 2009 5:46:33 AM

I'm looking to get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't want to click the link, it's an Intel E7500 2.93ghz 3meg cache CPu.

I currently have a E5200 2.5gig 2meg cache.

I have a G31T-LM2 motherboard by ECS. Doesn't allow overclocking.



My question is, Do I need new memory if I get a new cpu? Would I need to get a new motherboard in order to take advantage of the faster Front side bus speed of the new cpu? Would my current memory hold back the performance of the new cpu?



System specs.
Intel E5200 2.5gig dual core. (can't overclock due to bios)
G31T-LM2 motherboard by ECS
4gigs 2x2 DDR2 667mhz by Sharetronic
Nvidia GTX 260 55nm superclock EVGA
Dell 20" lcd monitor 1680x1050
Thermaletake Purepower 600w
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December 10, 2009 5:58:07 AM

For now keep this config. Wait for a few months, then upgrade to the LGA1156 or LGA1366 series along with a HD58xx card. Or if AMD has something to offer by then. If you can spare the budget now get the upgrade now.
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December 10, 2009 7:15:55 AM

tuesday0180 said:
1) My question is, Do I need new memory if I get a new cpu?
2) Would I need to get a new motherboard in order to take advantage of the faster Front side bus speed of the new cpu?
3) Would my current memory hold back the performance of the new cpu?

1) No
2) No
3) No
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December 10, 2009 12:43:52 PM

Save the money...
That CPU upgrade isn't bang for buck.
Get a new platform like LGA1156/1366 or AM3.
Getting an E7500 won't be a Huge upgrade.
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December 10, 2009 12:44:48 PM

ur good straight up to the q9650
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December 10, 2009 3:10:52 PM

What are you upgrading for? You won't see a big performance difference between those 2 processors in almost any task.
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December 10, 2009 4:33:30 PM

loneninja said:
What are you upgrading for? You won't see a big performance difference between those 2 processors in almost any task.



For gaming. Right now games like crysis and farcry 2 run bad (11-25fps) on highest settings.


There won't be a big difference? I'm currently using a dual core, I hear the core 2 duo are better due to 3 megs of cache.
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December 10, 2009 4:34:04 PM

shubham1401 said:
Save the money...
That CPU upgrade isn't bang for buck.
Get a new platform like LGA1156/1366 or AM3.
Getting an E7500 won't be a Huge upgrade.



Wish I cold. I'm already over budget from my video card.
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December 10, 2009 9:02:38 PM

yes, either one would
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December 11, 2009 7:26:24 AM

Great.

Thanks for all the info everyone. It looks like I have a lot of good choices. I can't really upgrade both the CPU and the motherboard at the moment due to my budget so I'm just going to have to stick to the 775 socket.
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December 11, 2009 7:58:35 AM

See benchies for Core 2 Quads and make out which one you should buy.
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