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Opinion.Dual Core Extreme Ed 3.2Ghz. vs. AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz

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July 12, 2010 1:51:48 PM

My good friend has a computer that he wants upgraded to Windows 7. He doesn't want to spend much more than 250-300 dollars. He would like to add a much bigger hard drive (500GB+) and upgrade his Celeron CPU socket 775 to a better CPU. The problem is the motherboard is an Asrock 775Dual-880Pro which limits the CPU to Dual Core Extreme Edition / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D processors.

I found a Dual Core Extreme Edition 3.2Ghz for $99.00. What do you guys think of this upgrade vs buying a new mobo, memory(old type couldn't be re-used) and AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2Ghz which will end up costing more. I know I would fork out the extra money for the Phenom but my friend is on a tight budget with his wife and kid. Anything I can do to get him the best deal would be great. I just don't want to throw his money away buy doing the Dual Core upgrade with disappointing results.Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Matt


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July 12, 2010 2:04:32 PM

What's the actual Celeron CPU he's upgrading from?
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July 12, 2010 2:12:03 PM

It is a 2.3Ghz Celeron Socket 775
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a c 203 à CPUs
July 12, 2010 2:44:43 PM

That single core Celeron is a very weak CPU:
Passmark CPU benchmark scores: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
Celeron 2.30GHz = 245
Pentium D 3.46GHz = 1289
Pentium D 3.73GHz = 1312
Athlon II X2 250 = 1710
Athlon II X2 255 = 1830
Phenom II X2 555 = 2071 $88
Athlon II X3 440 = 2556 $75

Getting a 500GB HDD is going to leave you 200-250 for the CPU/MB/RAM
Athlon II X3 440 $75
ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 880G $105
G.SKILL 2GB DDR3 1333 $52
$232

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB HDD $55

The Pentium D EE CPU upgrade is the least expensive. And its a nice bump up in performance.
Can you find any other Pentium D dual core CPUs that are less expensive?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_D_mi...
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July 12, 2010 2:46:32 PM

Have you checked for a bios update for future cpus? I thought that particular board was core2 capable.
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July 12, 2010 2:56:42 PM

Have you checked for a bios update for future cpus? I thought that particular board was core2 capable.[/quotemsg]

I didn't check for Bios Updates but will take a look. I just went to the Asrock site and looked up the board specs and core 2 was not listed as supported.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=775Dual-880...



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July 12, 2010 3:04:47 PM

Pentium D is a joke a processor
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July 12, 2010 3:05:21 PM

WR2 said:
That single core Celeron is a very weak CPU:
Passmark CPU benchmark scores: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
Celeron 2.30GHz = 245
Pentium D 3.46GHz = 1289
Pentium D 3.73GHz = 1312
Athlon II X2 250 = 1710
Athlon II X2 255 = 1830
Phenom II X2 555 = 2071 $88
Athlon II X3 440 = 2556 $75

Getting a 500GB HDD is going to leave you 200-250 for the CPU/MB/RAM
Athlon II X3 440 $75
ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 880G $105
G.SKILL 2GB DDR3 1333 $52
$232

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB HDD $55

The Pentium D EE CPU upgrade is the least expensive. And its a nice bump up in performance.
Can you find any other Pentium D dual core CPUs that are less expensive?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_D_mi...



I like the price on the items you have listed. It may be better to just upgrade. Thanks for the info.
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July 12, 2010 3:07:25 PM

Updating Passmark CPU scores based on the actual CPU we're probably talking about:
Pentium D 3.20GHz = 884
Pentium D 3.40GHz = 926
Pentium D 3.60GHz = 997


Asrock 775Dual-880Pro - Asrock 775Dual-VSTA
Looks like Asrock 75Dual-VSTA is the board that supports the C2D family.
Also selling for $100: Core2 Duo E4700 @ 2.60GHz = 1484 Passmark CPU score.
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July 12, 2010 3:08:43 PM

Your welcome.
The AMD AM3 parts have a nice upgrade path. And your friend can always add more RAM later.
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July 12, 2010 3:14:20 PM

More that I read from the respnses it seems that the Pentium D EE is not worth it in the long run. I really like the Athlon X3 440 3.0Ghz and Asus combo WR2 suggested.
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July 12, 2010 3:59:38 PM

Best answer selected by leasure8952.
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