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Inspiron 530D. Time to junk almost everything? 200 max budget.

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December 26, 2010 1:16:36 AM

So I got:

E2160, Radeon 4670, Corsair 400 watt power supply, 2GB (1x2) 667 MHz DDR2, SATA hard drive, SATA DVD burner, and a media card reader I don't really care about much.

The Dell BIOS only supports CPUs they used to build with, and the cheapest processor in stock now is E8400.

(list is this: Intel Celeron processor 430
Intel Celeron Processor 420 (1.6 GHz, 800 FSB)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 (2.66 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Wolfdale Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) )

I'm assuming it's time to just keep the sata devices, DDR2 RAM (till I can get more), 4670 (till I can get a 5000/6000 series), use another copy of XP I have laying around not in use for when I change the motherboard (till I can get Windows7 64bit after buying new RAM..) , power supply, and maybe put in the media card ready I don't use .. , then buy these:

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

Or should I try putting in the E8400 first?
December 26, 2010 4:21:13 AM

Did you read the article I linked? Here's two more comparisons

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/69?vs=189
http://www.behardware.com/articles/778-12/giant-roundup...

A huge boost, no, the video card is much more important than the CPU but in some games that use more than 2 cores
http://www.grandtheftpc.com/2010/03/list-of-quad-core-o...
You will notice the increase

Even in the other ones you go from 1.8GHz to 3-3.1GHz and that's big.
Look at the customers' reviews for the motherboard before deciding on the combo.

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December 26, 2010 4:28:24 AM

mosox said:
Did you read the article I linked? Here's two more comparisons

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/69?vs=189
http://www.behardware.com/articles/778-12/giant-roundup...

A huge boost, no, the video card is much more important than the CPU but in some games that use more than 2 cores
http://www.grandtheftpc.com/2010/03/list-of-quad-core-o...
You will notice the increase

Even in the other ones you go from 1.8GHz to 3-3.1GHz and that's big.
Look at the customers' reviews for the motherboard before deciding on the combo.


Will I be able to purchase another stick of 1 GB PC5400 RAM to have 3GBs in all? Or will I need to purchase 2 more sticks of 1 GBs to have 4 GBs , even though XP 32bit wont be using it all ?

Will the stock coolers and stock paste be good enough without overclocking involved?
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December 26, 2010 6:30:23 AM

mosox said:
Yes and yes but check your RAM, the new RAM must have the same voltage and specs as the old one. You can get 800 RAM but make sure it's the same voltage.

Also you can sell your DDR2 RAM and go for DDR3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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


perhaps this would be the reasonable thing to do, then get 2GBs more later ?


ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN3X2048-1333C9


AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
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December 26, 2010 12:51:00 PM

mosox said:
Best if you can sell your DDR2 RAM, otherwise DDR3 isn't better than DDR2 and those two mobos above have support for every AM3 CPU.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

But you can also get some other DDR3 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with the Athlon II X3 445 and some RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


kitaware said:
This page might help you a bit...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...


I'm not looking to ditch the old stuff completely. I might put something together and make it in to a netflix, and hulu streamer for the living room TV.

but that's beside the point.

Right now, do I spend the extra money and go DDR3? Or do the DDR2 board and DDR2 RAM? I'm assuming it's time to go DDR3?
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