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November 28, 2009 4:16:13 AM

Got a computer about an year old. Just wanna upgrade my cpu. Got a geforce 8600gt. 2G of ram.

Got a Asus P5GC-mx1333 mobo. It has a Pentium Dual Core E2160 (1.8Ghz) on it, but i wanna upgrade it to Core 2 Duo E8400 which runs at 3.0Ghz. Checked the asus website and the mobo supports the cpu.

My reason for updating is because i wanna be able to play Modern Warfare 2.

Don't know if it's worth upgrading...and if i do....is there anything to consider? like i might have to update bios? and do i have to reinstall everything like windows?

i'm a total noob at this so plz help thanks.

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November 28, 2009 4:30:23 AM

I doubt you'd need to upgrade the bios. That board should be new enough to handle the 45nm dual core chips.

If you want to play games on that computer I'm not sure you need a CPU upgrade. The 8600GT isn't very good. You should consider a GPU upgrade instead. More so if your willing to overclock your CPU.
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November 28, 2009 4:35:22 AM

overclock........but i have no idea how to do it. Plus there are a lot of stuff to consider when overclocking right? I don't want to burn out my mobo or my memory stick or other hardwares. How do i overclock?
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November 28, 2009 5:21:09 AM

ok, OCing for you is out. I'd still get a new GPU if all your worried about is gaming. That 8600GT is holding you back. (For most resolutions.)
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November 28, 2009 5:39:16 AM

I used that same model mainboard last year with an e8400 and also an 8600 GT. No issues and even played Crysis on medium resolution with it.

I would upgrade the videocard first and OC the e2160 to 2.1 Ghz.
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November 28, 2009 6:11:51 AM

The 2180 can OC to 2.8+, I would think the 2160 could hit 2.4+. Probably as high as 2.6.
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November 28, 2009 6:12:30 AM

hundredislandsboy said:
I used that same model mainboard last year with an e8400 and also an 8600 GT. No issues and even played Crysis on medium resolution with it.

I would upgrade the videocard first and OC the e2160 to 2.1 Ghz.


2.1? That thing should do 3ghz easily. Although I did have issues with the Intel TIM wearing out or something, but my 3-4 friends that also bought that processor had no such issue(all overclocked to 3ghz+ with similar settings +Stock Cooler).
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November 28, 2009 7:25:05 AM

cliffro said:
2.1? That thing should do 3ghz easily. Although I did have issues with the Intel TIM wearing out or something, but my 3-4 friends that also bought that processor had no such issue(all overclocked to 3ghz+ with similar settings +Stock Cooler).


I agree that his CPU can overclock mich higher than 2.1 Ghz.

However, since I've used that particular model motherboard and have overclocked several CPUs on it, it's rather weak and almost pointless to go for any significant gain and attempting do so makes the system unstable.
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November 28, 2009 7:33:11 AM

If you have the cash, get an e8400 and a GTX 260.

If you have less cash, e6300 and 9800 GT or HD 4850.
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