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E1260 to E8400 - upgrading in general

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December 19, 2009 4:32:07 PM

I've been considering upgrading my entire rig for some time, currently I'm running:

Foxconn MCP73M01H1 (supports up to Core 2 Duo)
CPU Pentium Dual Core 2.0GHz E1250
2 GB RAM
PNY Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 512MB
500 GB HDD
Foxconn MCP73M01H1

I use my PC for gaming, video editing and special fx work in Adobe Creative Suite 4 with After Effects and Premiere Pro, and in the future hope to edit HD footage (720p or 1080p) on it as well. This holiday I'm looking to upgrade my PC on a budget. I'd say around $200-$250 or so would be my limit. My performance in both gaming and special effects is average, and I'm wondering if upgrading my RAM to 4GB (my motherboard's max) and upgrading to Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Wolfdale would be a worthwhile upgrade, or if I should upgrade to a cheaper CPU like a 600 or 700 - would I see much a difference between these CPUs? Is it even worth upgrading my PC right now?: Can I get by for another year or 2 with an E8400 or should I just buy an entirely new PC? Also if any of you know, can I edit HD footage smoothly on a E8400? So far I've been hearing/reading online that RAM is really the only necessary component for it.

A lot of questions, I'm not really knowledgeable, much appreciation to those who provide some feedback.
Thanks!
December 19, 2009 6:41:57 PM

Is there a big performance difference between the 7500 and 8400? I've looked at specs for both of them, but don't necessarily know what they mean.
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December 19, 2009 7:58:13 PM

RAM wise, would it better to buy a 2x2 pack, or another stick of 2GB? -- rather, what are the benefits of buying the 2x2 pack?
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December 19, 2009 8:49:37 PM

The E8x00 series are generally overpriced. It's better to get a cheaper quad and overclock it, resulting in much better performance than the higher clocked dual core.
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December 19, 2009 10:16:47 PM

* Socket: 775
* Supports the following processors:
o Intel Core 2 Duo (Wolfsdale core) E8xxx (65W)
o Core 2 Duo E6xxx (Conroe core) up to E6850 (65W)

My system says that it supports E8xx and E6xx, does it not support the E7500?
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December 19, 2009 10:41:36 PM

I would get the 2x2 pack. It is always best to have your ram match. Yes your hp supports the e7xx
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December 19, 2009 10:42:35 PM

not to mention the cheap ram in a hp is not going to be as good as what i linked.
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December 19, 2009 11:02:48 PM

Alright, Thanks for the help. Just double checking before I buy, but how do you know that it supports e7xx?
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December 19, 2009 11:18:26 PM

if it supports the e8xxx it will support the e7xxx. The cores are the same
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December 19, 2009 11:40:44 PM

Imo, upgrading a dead CPU socket is pointless. LGA775 is at the end of it's life and so is DDR2 RAM. I recommend you take a look at a AM3 (can be done for ~$250-300 or less). If you plan to edit HD vids I highly recommend you get a Quad Core.
AMD X4 620 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 $70 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB (2*2GB) DDR3 GSkill Ripjaw $93
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $272 before MIR

Imo, this is a MUCH more future proof build for just $20-25 more than your $250 limit. Also, realize that I went with a pretty good quality motherboard, you could go lower to get to your $250 budget.
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