Hello, this is my first time posting on TH. Anyway I bought this Dell pc that came with a PD 820(they had a core 2 duo e4300 as an upgrade but i wasn't that smart then). Anyway i only have cash and can't buy online and MicroCenter had a celeron e1500 for about $40 and I planned to get it (i think it's been delisted but it's relatively new so I'm hoping there would be new stock). Anyway I'm hoping to buy a Radeon 5770 later in the year and I'm wondering which would be a bigger bottleneck, thanks if anybody answers this. I can't OC and don't plan to. I'm trying to save up enough to get a Core 2 Quad 6700 off ebay but i'm hoping this would be a good interim for playing the latest game.(crossing my finger)
CPU: Pentium D 820
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
Mobo: Dell's modded P965/G965:BTX
Graphics Card: PNY Verto 9400GT
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W
I would hold out for a used e6600 or q6600 on either your local craigslist or anandtech's for sale forum. skip the e1500. As you probably know, newer .45 cpus won't run on your board, so don't be tempted by any.