upgrading processor

Hi, i am looking to upgrade my current cpu (intel socket 775 1.86 gh) to a quad core cpu. my motherboard is a ecs elitegroup p965t-a and i dont know the best way to go, or if it is even possible. i am looking to spend around 200 dollars. any help would be great. thanx
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  1. you cant upgrade to a quad core. the intel 965 chipset doesnt support it.

    heres what you should do:
    1. download the latest bios for your motherboard + do the install
    2. get a core 2 duo e6600 2.4ghz

    what OS? how much ram?
  2. and am i right by thiking your curently running a core 2 duo 1.86GHZ?
  3. check for your board at the ecs website and use the "cpu support" section. It may list a specific bios version for the cpu you select. That chipset is old; you may want to change boards.
  4. yes that is correct!
  5. its a conroe codenamed cpu. so your board can support conroes definitely, others maybe. try looking at the cpu support list on the elitegroup/ecs website.
  6. i am running windows xp. with 3gigs of ram
  7. i have latest bios for my motherboard
  8. you should get win7 :)
  9. shovenose said:
    you cant upgrade to a quad core. the intel 965 chipset doesnt support it.

    heres what you should do:
    1. download the latest bios for your motherboard + do the install
    2. get a core 2 duo e6600 2.4ghz

    what OS? how much ram?

    Hi Bro
    Kindly check your information before posting. Chipset 965 is highly capable of running any, 775 socket, processor except for the ones which had 1600fsb like qx9770 and qx9775.
    I dont know about this particular ECS model but i had an asus p5b deluxe and it is a P965 chipset and it supported all the processors except the ones mentioned, qx9770 and qx9775.
    @ op for you the best thing is to check on the ecs website if they have any cpu support list. if not then there is a risk because not all p965 chipset motherboards supported all the processors and i dont know about your mobo. if u have a good budget then y dont u upgrade to a new platform, amd will be the cheapest and also worth at that price. hope i helped
  10. no, as per the intel site it can only do pentium d and core 2 duo.
  11. shovenose said:
    no, as per the intel site it can only do pentium d and core 2 duo.

    Hi
    most of the p965 mobos from the big companies, like asus, msi, and gigabyte, support core 2 quad. but there were some which didnt so thats why i think that the op must first conriem from the website and then think of a solution.
  12. It will support the Core 2 Quad Q6600/Q6700 and similar other processors from the Q6xxx series with a bios update, but not the Core 2 Extreme quads.
  13. @ lordszone

    More like mostly support. The 965 chipsets were not meant to support all the features of more recent 45nm Core 2s (like some of the power saving techs), but if your focus is gaming then hey as long as it posts :D.
  14. besides, whats the point of a quad core and 3gb ram on xp. its a waste. it wont run any better than a p4 with 1gb ram...he needs win7 thats step 1
  15. Looks like your board supports the Q6600.

    http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=681&CategoryID=1&MenuID=16&LanID=9#fragment-CPU

    That would certainly be a good upgrade for you. Well, so would an E6700. Too bad the BIOS isn't a little more uptodate to support newer 45nm CPUs. Oh well. Anyway, either would be a good upgrade for you. Get the quad core if you do alot of multitasking. Disregard shovenose's last comment there.
  16. thanx for all the help i do appreciate it. but i think i am going to upgrade my whole platform. this is what im thinking:

    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 (rev. 2.0) motherboard
    Intel core i7 930 processor
    6 gigs 1600 mhz ram
    dual Ati radeon hd5770 gpu

    will all of this be compatible?
    any suggestions will be helpful as i am a novice builder. ( 1500 dollar price range).
  17. oh, and with windows 7
  18. exactly what ram, and what brand 5770?
  19. Quote:
    thanx for all the help i do appreciate it. but i think i am going to upgrade my whole platform. this is what im thinking:

    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 (rev. 2.0) motherboard
    Intel core i7 930 processor
    6 gigs 1600 mhz ram
    dual Ati radeon hd5770 gpu

    will all of this be compatible?
    any suggestions will be helpful as i am a novice builder. ( 1500 dollar price range).



    By biggest suggestion would be to at least consider one of the new GTX 460s. They are getting great reviews, and from what most benches suggest, they are on par with a GTX 465 in most applications, and even surpass it in some. Not to mention I've seen posts that suggest they overclock pretty well too.

    If you can afford it, I'd even suggest to bump all the way up to a Radeon 5850 or a GTX 470. But, money doesn't grow on trees as they say =p

    EDIT: Just noticed you are planning on dual 5770s. I'd still hold by my suggestion of getting one of the cards I suggested and SLI/Crossfire them as you can afford it. Dual 460s shouldn't be too much more. Not sure of the price on 5770s though.
  20. MMmm.. 460 sli sounds kinda yummy!
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