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August 29, 2010 5:36:38 PM

i have an e6300 core 2 duo.i am looking to do a mild rebuild to my pc late 2010/early 2011.just plan on changing mobo,cpu,and ram.just need a little help on where to start.i am primarily an intel shopper but am willing to go amd if the setup is worth it.i do alot of dvd ripping,(dvd fab,dvd shrink,imgburn,etc) and very light gaming.and of course alot of internet surfing and downloading.i amtrying to keep the cpu budget under 175 bucks
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August 29, 2010 5:53:02 PM

Hello kamui4697;
What motherboard are you working with? RAM?
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August 29, 2010 5:58:50 PM

In honesty, I see no problems with your current CPU for your uses. Most of that which you listed will be bottlenecked by a slow drive before your CPU.
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August 29, 2010 6:55:18 PM

Why are you worrying right now about something you might want to do around 6months from now.! Just hold on to your horses and let the appropriate time and/or need to come..
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August 29, 2010 10:05:28 PM

I see no need for you to upgrade.

Perhaps you may want to upgrade your video card (whatever that may be) if your light gaming feels sluggish. Otherwise, nothing else that you do will benefit from a faster CPU.

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August 29, 2010 11:06:33 PM

If you really want to then do it
move to a quad if you board supports it go to a Q8xxx or Q9xxx
you could likely find a Q6600 on ebay for 100 bucks if you had to
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August 29, 2010 11:15:49 PM

Guys, what he has is a Core 2 Duo E6300 instead of Pentium E6300 which is much better!

@OP:
Q8xxx and Q9xxx would be great. I recommend Q9450 or Q9550 if you can get either of them with your budget.
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August 30, 2010 1:35:51 AM

i have an intel dg965wh motherboard. i am already aware that it can accept the q6600 and q6700 cpus.i wanted to freshenen up the system.my board can only have up to windows vista installed.there is no support for windows 7.i currently have windows xp home.my current setup will not run my games.i have a 8800 gts 320 mb ecs video card (pci-e x 16 1.0).i play spiderman web of shadows and batman arkham asylum.i have a samsung 24 inch monitor (1920 x 1080)
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August 30, 2010 2:02:00 AM

Your MB is way too old. Get ASUS P5Q pro or P5Q-E if possible!
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August 30, 2010 2:51:41 AM

1. you CAN install win 7 with that board, windows built in drivers should work.
2. At that resolution, playing those games, get a better video card!
3. Over clock the CPU, and add more RAM if you have less than 2 GB
4. If overclocking isnt your thing, find quad core replacement for you cpu
5. save up more than $175 and build a new AMD quad core system.
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August 30, 2010 2:53:12 AM

with that board its pointless just save your money or you are looking at an investment large enough to make an entire upgrade more worthwhile

if you want it that bad you can upgrade to an AMD Quad combo for about that price

your MOBO is really just killing your upgrade options which are a q6600 with no overclock


CPU
AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo
BIOSTAR TA785 A2+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as another option within your budget since you were looking to go quad
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August 30, 2010 5:39:24 PM

yes iam definitely getting a new board.i do not overclock.my current system has 4 gb of ddr2 667 ram.would it be good if i just replaced the board with an asus or msi and use my current e6300 c2d or get a newer processor.i really dont have any problems with my pc except for running games
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August 30, 2010 6:28:04 PM

If you've board changing plans then its better you do a full platform sweep.. Upgrading processor on the LGA 775 platform would be costly and mostly illogical when you can make an equally faster (sometimes better) system moving to the AM3 (or P55 if you've got enough cash) platform..
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August 30, 2010 7:53:18 PM

yeah thats makes alot of sense.is the athlon ii x4 635 that much faster than my c2d?
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August 30, 2010 11:30:11 PM

kamui4697 said:
yeah thats makes alot of sense.is the athlon ii x4 635 that much faster than my c2d?


honestly clock for clock C2D is just slightly faster but in the end the clock speed increase will help quite a bit and two extra cores will will help alot while doing the stuff you mentioned

dvd ripping, dvd fab, dvd shrink,imgburn,etc
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August 30, 2010 11:58:19 PM

how do you find out how much faster a cpu is clock for clock.i also seen the core i3 530 is also faster than this quad core.this is a bit confusing.is there a basic way or formula to finding this out?
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August 30, 2010 11:59:01 PM

i notice intels are genuinely way faster than amd cpus
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August 31, 2010 12:37:48 AM

kamui4697 said:
i notice intels are genuinely way faster than amd cpus


ultimately yes they are faster can that overcome a 2 cores no not likely

without an inhuman overclock like the ones done around Tom's articles

the setup I mentioned you can use all you're old parts and it would be much faster than the Q660 on your current machine. and I managed to keep the price within the upgrade budget.

But for good measure do not upgrade a dual core to a dual core hyper threading or not

no there really wont be a formula just look at the benchmarks closely and look on several sites
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August 31, 2010 1:04:36 AM

thanks spentshells i know what i need to do now
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September 7, 2010 12:03:18 AM

Best answer selected by kamui4697.
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