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Gigabyte P35 D3SL best CPU?

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October 26, 2010 12:55:00 AM

Since I have to fix some stuff on my system, I'm thinking about upgrading my CPU. Currently the motherboard has a E4500 processor that I'm overclocking a wee bit. I do some gaming and photo retouching mostly. Any suggestions on a good processor for this aging motherboard?

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October 26, 2010 10:43:36 PM

Personally, I would go with the Core™ 2 Extreme QX9650. Just make sure your bios version is at least F2. You can probably get a good deal on those CPUs now. For a while it used to be intel's flagship processor.
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October 26, 2010 11:10:42 PM

I'm pretty sure I'm up to F8 on my BIOS. I'll check out that CPU. Can I just drop in that processor without changing anything else on my motherboard? That would help a lot.

Wow, I just checked and that processor is still $329 on Newegg.
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October 27, 2010 12:14:40 AM

@OP: Depending on the software you run, you will most certainly benefit from a quad. You should be able to find a Q6600,etc on Ebay for <$100. I would NOT spend more than $150-200 as you can spend a little more and get a AM3 CPU. There is no point in spending money on a dead socket. DO NOT buy the QX9650.

If you have not OCed this yet. OC it. Here is the guide I wrote a while back: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245679-29-guide-overc... for that exact board.

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I see that you have a small OC. What heatsink are you using?
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October 27, 2010 1:57:01 AM

ROSEWILL|RCX-Z775-EX
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October 27, 2010 3:49:50 AM

Shadow is probably right. No need to spend much on that old board. You can still go down the list of compatible CPUs and find a faster (than your old CPU) one that's a more economical. But then again, a QX9650 would make your comp fly like it never has.

I would look at CPU and mother board bundles too. Now you can get really good deals on new CPU/Board combos that cost less than the QX9650 alone. AMD and Intel.
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October 27, 2010 3:52:29 AM

Agree with Shadow, do not buy the 95xx or 96xx. A used quad for $100-120 will be fine. Much more then that and your better off getting new equipment.
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October 27, 2010 4:35:36 AM

Warpspasm said:
ROSEWILL|RCX-Z775-EX

You should have no problem hitting 2.6-3.1Ghz on that cooler on the E4500. Like I said, you are better off getting something like a Q6600 and OCing that to 3Ghz or more if you feel that the OC is not enough.
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October 27, 2010 11:13:13 PM

The more I think about it, the more I think I'll just bump up the OC on this processor. If I get where I need more power after that, I'll just do a new build. I just got it where CPU-Z says it's at 1498.5 Since this is a Core 2 Duo, that means I'm running about 3 Ghz, right?
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October 27, 2010 11:39:37 PM

No. It probably means you have Steedstep turned on and the CPU multiplier is at 6.
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October 27, 2010 11:55:48 PM

Don't know what Steedstep is, but CPU-Z does say the multiplier is at 6. So, what's this telling me?
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October 28, 2010 12:04:09 AM

^ This means you have SpeedStep on. Read the manual on how to turn it off. It should be something like EIST in the BIOS.
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October 28, 2010 12:31:46 AM

Found it and disabled it. Is that a good thing?

How good of a job does the EasyTune6 application do at overclocking. I'm not talking about extreme overclocking here. But it sure would make things easier if it worked. I see two different ways to overclock using it. One is the Tuner and the other is Smart.
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October 28, 2010 1:37:43 AM

DO NOT use EasyTune. It is just too unstable causing BSODs,etc imo.

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Found it and disabled it. Is that a good thing?

Dosen't really matter. Your CPU will now probably run a bit hotter at idle speeds. But now you will ALWAYS run at one speed.

ALWAYS OC via BIOS. See my guide above.
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October 28, 2010 2:36:02 AM

^+1000 agree with Shadow703793

Overclocking should be done through the BIOS. At most a program like EasyTune should only be used to do some little final tweaking once the "major" overclocking has been confirmed stable through the appropriate testing.
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October 28, 2010 3:51:25 AM

I've never really done a lot of OCing. When I have, its always been in the bios. If you want a very mild OC then a software app might be ok. I know some like to use it to OC the CPU before loading a game. Gets them a few extra MHz before loading without having to reboot. I wouldn't do any 24/7 OCing with one.
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October 28, 2010 4:03:10 AM

Well, at this point it doesn't matter much. I can't my PC to post. There's a running thread in the Motherboard board regarding this if you care to chime in. Wait this IS the motherboard board! I can't figure the darn thing out. Just switched the power supply, but that wasn't it.
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October 28, 2010 4:09:51 AM

I thought it was running and you just disabled Speedstep? Perhaps you changed something else in the bios? Reset the bios and see if that helps.
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October 28, 2010 4:12:27 AM

It was running. The problem is intermittent (but getting worse). Check out my other thread in the motherboard forum.
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October 28, 2010 1:15:39 PM

^Link?
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