I know these questions get asked to death, but as usual when I read other threads they are not quite exactly what I need to know, and I leave more confused than I came.
Plus - I posted before about a GPU purchase and you all were very helpful.
An ATI HD4770
3 Gigs Ram
And a Pentium D in the board now..
According to the MotherBoard specs it supports
Intel Core 2 Duo Socket 775 up to E6x00 series
Intel Core 2 Duo Socket 775 up to E4x00 series
I've no preference to AMD vs. Intel
Basically I'm looking for the best gaming CPU I can put in this board.
I've googled a bit and found suggestions and techno-jargin to go along with it that makes me question compatibility.. And I know that just because the model number goes up doesn't mean it's a better buy.. or just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's a better buy.
Apparently the e6850 is the highest model number in the e6x00 series.. and runs about a hundred bucks - which is fine by me.. but.. I wanted to ask the professionals.
grr... it looks like it.. so what's the difference between the board I linked to in my initial post, and the one you linked to? I mean they look exactly the same except for the color of one little plastic bit - what makes one compatible with the core 2 duos and the other not?
^Probably just the motherboards BIOS. HP and other computer makers don't issue new BIOS for their boards enabling the use of newer processors, even though retail equivalents of the same boards are capable of running them because the manufacturers release BIOS updates.
If it's essentially the same board - wouldn't a BIOS update from another manufacturer work with this board? (literally the only visual difference that I can see between the two I'm talking about is the color of a plastic bit in the bottom left corner.)
..if not than I really hope I'm outbid on the E6850 I bid on just before it was pointed out that my board isn't the one I thought it was.
I've really enjoyed my Athlon ii x2 and cheap ASrock mobo. I upgraded from a single core P4 Willemette and the difference was amazing. Get a cheap ATI chipset mobo, 4gb of DDR3 and a low end dual/triple core Athlon ii and you'll be able to stream/convert, and play most games at very respectable settings.