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CPU upgrade for an MSI MS-7301 Motherboard

Hi, a little help needed.

I dont want to build a PC, i just want to squeeze a last year or 2 out of what i have.

I realise im just squezing the last bit of life out of my PC, but i'd just invested in a GTS250 graphics card to find out my CPU is bottlenecking it.

I'd say i was a casual gamer, so im not looking to run everything at full whack , currently i've only come across 2 games that my CPU cant hack which are Star wars force unleashed special edition & prototype.

I know my MB is no longer suported so i have the must current bios im going to get, version 3.16

Its a MSI CUBA MS-7301, its an OEM motherboard for a Packard Bell Imedia 2470, so there is no support for it on the MSI website.

http://support.packardbell.org/uk/item/index.php?i=spec_cuba

Would i be safe in assuming that if i match the socket (LGA775),
533 / 800 / 1066 MHz FSB , and achitecure then a processor would most likely be compatable?

I was looking at Intel E6600 & E6700 , any comments whether these would likely be compatable, or even if there are any suggestions for a faster chip?, I realise im going to be restricted to the bottom end on the Core 2 duo range.


Cheers
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  1. Hmmm, I'd suggest the Q6600 (best quad-core CPU for the socket IMO), but it's out of stock, and your mobo won't support it. Even if you get a Core 2 Duo LGA 775 CPU, it might not necessarily work with your mobo; the BIOS might not be compatible. I suggest you check with Packard Bell themselves, and ask what's the best CPU available for your unit.

    Off the bat, I'd recommend the E8400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
  2. No i think the only C2D it can support are the Conroe chips.

    From the P/B website it says.

    The motherboard built into your computer is the Packard Bell Cuba. Its main features are:

    * Support for the Intel Celeron, Conroe and Pentium 4 processors in Socket LGA775.
    * Supports a maximum memory size of 2 GB.
    * Intel Pentium Hyper Threading technology with FMB Mainstream 2005 and 2006 support
    * Intel Pentium D Dual Core technology support


    So im currently looking at the E6600 or E6700.
  3. dropdead_fred said:
    No i think the only C2D it can support are the Conroe chips.

    From the P/B website it says.

    The motherboard built into your computer is the Packard Bell Cuba. Its main features are:

    * Support for the Intel Celeron, Conroe and Pentium 4 processors in Socket LGA775.
    * Supports a maximum memory size of 2 GB.
    * Intel Pentium Hyper Threading technology with FMB Mainstream 2005 and 2006 support
    * Intel Pentium D Dual Core technology support


    So im currently looking at the E6600 or E6700.



    Hi - I have a PB Imedia MC2770 with the same mobo as yours - did you upgrade your CPU & if so, which one did you go for and did the upgrade provide good results?
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