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Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 3.33 GHz

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October 16, 2011 11:47:34 AM

Hi. I do not know which one of these two to pick: Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz or Intel® Core™2 2.66 Ghz Quad Desktop Processor 2.66. Can you help me out? Thank you so much. :) 
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October 16, 2011 11:48:27 AM

Why are you buying outdated technology????
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October 16, 2011 11:51:53 AM

It is for my mom's old iMac from 2006.
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October 16, 2011 11:55:29 AM

Ex Somnio said:
It is for my mom's old iMac from 2006.

Get the Quad.Quads are common and the software support has since indeed increased.

But In my opinion you could save some money for a new build.
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October 16, 2011 11:55:31 AM

get the quad
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October 16, 2011 11:56:17 AM

make sure that the motherboard supports core cpu's not al 775 sockets will do so, what is the current processor?
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October 16, 2011 12:11:54 PM

The 2006 iMac models used mobile processors not desktop processors. The socket will be different to the desktop parts.
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October 16, 2011 12:16:52 PM

It has a 2.16 Ghz Dual Core. Can I put a quad core on it?
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October 16, 2011 12:23:36 PM

Ex Somnio said:
It has a 2.16 Ghz Dual Core. Can I put a quad core on it?

I have never dealt with Macs so please clarify:
Is your pc a laptop or desktop?
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October 16, 2011 12:28:51 PM

The best that model can go up to is a mobile Core 2 duo. It is using socket M. So the fastest processor you can get for it is a Intel Core 2 Duo T7600. Which has a clock speed of 2.33GHZ. Not worth taking the machine apart for, as iMac's are not the easiest things to get into.
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October 16, 2011 2:41:32 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
I have never dealt with Macs so please clarify:
Is your pc a laptop or desktop?


It is an iMac.
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October 16, 2011 2:47:52 PM

blobby91 said:
The best that model can go up to is a mobile Core 2 duo. It is using socket M. So the fastest processor you can get for it is a Intel Core 2 Duo T7600. Which has a clock speed of 2.33GHZ. Not worth taking the machine apart for, as iMac's are not the easiest things to get into.


Are you sure? This page tells me otherwise: http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/SearchResult.aspx?BoardName=DG45ID
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October 16, 2011 3:45:17 PM

blobby91 said:
No that is socket 775.

Your best bet will be ebay for a socket M chip, as its a laptop chip. The product you need to look for is a Core 2 Duo T7600


Thank you for your help, sir.
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October 16, 2011 3:50:09 PM

Ex Somnio said:
Thank you for your help, sir.


Your welcome. If you cannot find the T7600 for socket M, look for socket PPGA478. As it is the same thing.
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October 16, 2011 3:58:21 PM

blobby91 said:
Your welcome. If you cannot find the T7600 for socket M, look for socket PPGA478. As it is the same thing.


Would you even recommend getting it if it is just a slight upgrade from 2.16 Ghz to 2.33? Iti s only 7.87% faster.
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October 16, 2011 4:08:17 PM

Ex Somnio said:
Would you even recommend getting it if it is just a slight upgrade from 2.16 Ghz to 2.33? Iti s only 7.87% faster.


I would not personally recommend it. Depending on what your mum uses it for, I doubt she would notice the small speed bump.

How much RAM does the iMac have in it, as putting in some more RAM could be a better option. If you go down the RAM route it should be laptop RAM that the machine uses.
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