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May 25, 2010 7:14:36 AM

I'm running a pretty old system and I'm wanting to spend a bit of cash on either an i7 processor or a nvidia 480Gtx. something to give my old comp some kick, ya know

in running win 7 32 bit, G31M-ES2L motherboard, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, 4GB of ram.

what should I buy/what do I need upgrade before I buy to get the most out of my gaming pc?

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May 25, 2010 7:28:04 AM

well a GTX480 would be bottlenecked by your current processor. but that GPU is going to limit any gaming anyway.

id say grab a 5850, and a quad core compatible with your current mobo. best of both worlds there.
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May 25, 2010 8:18:48 AM

jimbobrlw said:
I'm running a pretty old system and I'm wanting to spend a bit of cash on either an i7 processor or a nvidia 480Gtx. something to give my old comp some kick, ya know

in running win 7 32 bit, G31M-ES2L motherboard, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, 4GB of ram.

what should I buy/what do I need upgrade before I buy to get the most out of my gaming pc?


You cannot just drop an i7 in your system :D  The motherboard won't support it. You'll need a whole new platform (x58 motherboard + DDR3 RAM) for the i7.

If you want to only upgrade your current platform, then get the q8400 + hd 5850 ~~ US $500(the average price of a gtx 480)
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May 25, 2010 9:54:20 AM

ksampanna said:
You cannot just drop an i7 in your system :D  The motherboard won't support it. You'll need a whole new platform (x58 motherboard + DDR3 RAM) for the i7.

If you want to only upgrade your current platform, then get the q8400 + hd 5850 ~~ US $500(the average price of a gtx 480)


given the comparison he has made, i imagine he is talking about getting a new motherboard and ram.
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May 25, 2010 10:00:55 AM

i'll prob go with the q8400 + hd 5850. seems pretty reasonable
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May 25, 2010 11:13:56 AM

jimbobrlw said:
i'll prob go with the q8400 + hd 5850. seems pretty reasonable


I'd be wary about the q8400, though since it has a little bit lower clockspeed than the E7400 (2.66GHz vs 2.80Ghz ).
It's a pity that AnandTech CPU benchmark does not have the E7400 in its list but you can see that for gaming, the q8400 is right between E7200 and E7500 so i'd say that the q8400 will only match the E7400 if ever.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/89?vs=62
Thus, I say the q8400 is not a worthy upgrade coming from an E7400.

I'd say do it in steps. Buy the HD5850 first and see how the E7400 handles your games. Maybe you wont need a CPU upgrade at all. A small OC might help, though.
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May 25, 2010 11:26:29 AM

one other thing is that I'm probably going to have to buy an i7 and a 480gtx at some point. I would rather pay the extra cash for a motherboard, processor, ram and whatever else i need to have a working i7 now instead of buying some stuff that I'm gonna have to replace later anyway.
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May 25, 2010 11:43:00 AM

jimbobrlw said:
one other thing is that I'm probably going to have to buy an i7 and a 480gtx at some point. I would rather pay the extra cash for a motherboard, processor, ram and whatever else i need to have a working i7 now instead of buying some stuff that I'm gonna have to replace later anyway.

In this case, get the 480gtx and just OC the E7400 until you get the funds for the i7 platform. Both the i7 and the 470gtx will be overkill anyway but I know how you feel itching to get the best. :) 
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May 25, 2010 11:45:01 AM

what's a good speed to overclock it to? how far is too far?
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May 25, 2010 12:03:09 PM

jimbobrlw said:
what's a good speed to overclock it to?


Well, if you overclock to the 3+ GHz range, that good area. If your HSF is up to the task that is.

If you still got a Stock HSF that came with your cpu, then i wouldn't overclock it much. Stock HSF really dont do to well under the extra stress.

If you got an after market cooler, you should be able to reach 3.2 to 3.5 Ghz without having to worry about temps.


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how far is too far?


Well, if windows freezes during boot up, then the GHz is to high or the cpu voltage is to low.

If the computer is restarting under a high stress program, say prime 95, then it the same thing as above.


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May 25, 2010 2:06:02 PM

Upgrading to core i7 wont work because your mobo wont suport it and if you upgradeyour gpu than your processor it results in better performance as the test carried out by nvidia on upgrading to core i 7 and upgrading the GPU.
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May 25, 2010 2:10:00 PM

shreejan86 said:
Upgrading to core i7 wont work because your mobo wont suport it and if you upgradeyour gpu than your processor it results in better performance as the test carried out by nvidia on upgrading to core i 7 and upgrading the GPU.

Hello Einstein, he did mentioned that he will buy the motherboard & RAM for the i7 ( for the future ) so no worries there... currently the OP is set on getting the 480gtx and OC'ing his E7400 in the meantime.
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May 26, 2010 6:28:06 AM

yeah thanks for the help guys btw, heaps of good solutions here.
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