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May 12, 2011 6:49:13 AM

hi
i am looking to upgrade my pc, i would like to check a few possibilities. below is my current rig.

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (5-6-6-18)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. G41M-Combo (Socket 775)
Graphics
BenQ E2200HD (1920x1080@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Hard Drives
488GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG HD502HI ATA Device (SATA)
Optical Drives
UBEXMX O5AVCPM3C1EB SCSI CdRom Device
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS40 ATA Device
Audio
SRS Audio Sandbox (WDM)



so should i go for a core2 quad processor, AMD phenom II x4 995 or intel i5 5200.
if i get the core2quad i can keep the same mobo and memory but if i go for either AMD or i5 I will need to get new mobo and memory kit,
i am trying to keep the expenses to minimum while getting better performance than my current rig. i need to be able to play games better as my current cpu causes cpu bottleneck while playing Resident Evil 5 and Metro 2033.

also my current psu is Cooler Master extreme power pro 500W, will it beable to power above mentioned processors and specially if i change to AMD or i5 with new mobo and memory.

requesting for suggestions on above.

Thanks guys.. :hello: 
May 12, 2011 6:55:11 AM

to add to above post. even though i am on a budeget would not mind spending a bit more for high performance mobo. the only reason i am considering core2quad is because i will save quite an amount of money but want to know if the gaming performance will be as good as AMD or i5.
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May 12, 2011 7:27:12 AM

Not sure where you are shopping from, but the AMD phenom II x4 995 or intel i5 5200 do not exist.

In short, the gaming performance of a Core2Quad and a Phenom II will be just about equal, but the i5-2500 (which is what I think you are referring to) is far superior to both. It depends on how much money you are willing to spend.
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May 12, 2011 7:29:57 AM

Herr_Koos said:
Not sure where you are shopping from, but the AMD phenom II x4 995 or intel i5 5200 do not exist.

In short, the gaming performance of a Core2Quad and a Phenom II will be just about equal, but the i5-2500 (which is what I think you are referring to) is far superior to both. It depends on how much money you are willing to spend.

dont worry he is from AMD.He knows where to get the silicon.
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May 12, 2011 8:24:18 AM

In regards of your choice:

If your on a budget and you try to get the most for the least amount of cash go for the AMD X4 955BE.
It's on par with the core2quad's but imo offers better OC ability's (simple multiplier change with normal cooling already gives descent boost).
Here is a comparison on these two :

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2754

If your not tight on a budget go go I5-2500.
see:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=88

Your psu should be able to handle ur new rig.

May 13, 2011 7:01:31 AM

sorry guys got a bit jumbled up with the model numbers but thanks for your suggestions. i think a core i5-2500will be a good choice here even though it will be a bit heavy on the pocket. could you guys please suggest a good mother board to go with that which will allow two GTS 450 in SLi.
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May 13, 2011 9:33:04 AM

I'm very partial to Asus boards, so any P67 board from Asus would be on my shopping list. You could also look at the new Z68 series.
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