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Im getting ready to upgrade my system

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a b à CPUs
February 14, 2010 2:24:39 AM

ive got a pcchips m848a v 5.0 motherboard, amd athlon xp 2600+ processor, 1.92GHz, 1GB RAM

im looking to upgrade my processor to a dual core 3GHz or higher but unsure which one to go with. im alsp looking to upgrade to 2GB RAM. but not sure which brand to go with.

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a b à CPUs
February 14, 2010 2:38:07 AM

It's time to get a new PC!

AMD system: PII-955


Intel system: i5-750

Get whichever has better cost-performance ratio. Generally speaking, i5 is much better in the U.S, whereas, PII-955 is better in most countries.

I would go for i5-750 if the difference of total system cost is within $50 USD.

FYI, i5-750@2.66GHz is better than PII-965@3.4GHz 90%+ of the time. Not mentioned to that 750 can be easily OCed to 3.60GHz and will reach 4.2GHz if you do some tweaking.
February 15, 2010 3:56:14 PM

Upgrading this cpu and RAM would serve to highlight other deficits with older technology. Upgrade this unit.

The i5-750 is an amazing quad core that is very (almost strangely) low priced for what it does. It may also be upgraded to a i7-8xx as they share a similar socket, making an i5 a bit more "future proof" than a phenom 2. Also, as the i5 is a more advanced architecture, it may only be matched by a phenom 2 of a much higher clockspeed. Also with your new ddr3 RAM that you'll get with this new unit (that I've already decided you'll get :) ), look for 1333mhz, as its sometimes a hidden upgrade of the stock 1066mhz at retails, so be sure to ask questions.