Thinking about upgrading CPU to E7500

Currently, the system I have is:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
nForce 590 SLI
8 GB DDR2 PC2-6400
GeForce GTX 460 1024 MB

I was thinking about upgrading the CPU to an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, and subsequently upgrading the motherboard to a GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L.

I was wondering if that pair was worth the investment, or is there a better combination in the ~$200 price range. The motherboard and CPU are the only two items that I'd like to upgrade, and I would like to avoid upgrading any other components to accommodate them.

Any insight that could be offered would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. y do u need to upgrade?
    can u still accomplish the things u want to?
    maybe the easiest salution(and cheapest) would be a bit of OCing?
    try to wait for a while till the intel i series prices go down, then buy 1 of those...
  2. Um.. an AII x3 440 or an A2 x3 630 would be a much better choice.

    Right now New Egg has some good combos with a 965 in your price range!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500547
  3. Actually, have you checked what CPU's are compatible with your motherboard? You might be able to just drop in something modern and awesome.
  4. It's an AM2 socket. I'm not sure how much further I can go with my current motherboard.
  5. Reasons why the upgrade is not useful:
    1. You are changing the platform. AMD --> Intel.
    2. You are changing to something that is already outdated.
    3. If you are looking at gaming and a little of future for you PC, then dual core maybe not good anymore.

    I would suggest overclock now a little. Last it till January. Save some cash. Get SB or Core i7/i5. I am guessing a price drop for them after the SB comes out.
  6. Your mobo mfr website should tell you if you can just drop in a newer chip.
  7. Seriously, some AM2 boards can take AM3 chips. I find, cpu-upgrade.com handy.

    If Phenom II x4 works, this system can hold out until Bulldozer.
  8. Don't change it.
  9. If you are inclined towards the AMD side, I would say a $150 now would be good and if you can last till Bulldozer which is rumored to be delayed till second half of 2011. But since SB is coming out earlier i would say wait till then and get one of those.
  10. well, better to upgrade to i3 530 rather than e7500 since it sells at the same price as e7500 (or cheaper).
  11. Stardude82 said:
    Seriously, some AM2 boards can take AM3 chips. I find, cpu-upgrade.com handy.

    If Phenom II x4 works, this system can hold out until Bulldozer.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-motherboards,1749-9.html

    Unfortunately, it does not.

    Anonymous said:
    If you are inclined towards the AMD side, I would say a $150 now would be good and if you can last till Bulldozer which is rumored to be delayed till second half of 2011. But since SB is coming out earlier i would say wait till then and get one of those.

    Is there a particular CPU/Mobo combination you would suggest?
  12. If you can out $250 now... It think this would be good for a year or more on games and other apps you run. If you are good at overclocking. Then you can make it last till early 2012! :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=965+black+edition&x=0&y=0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138158
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131618
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