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August 17, 2012 3:58:49 AM

Ok so, i'm pretty naive and ignorant when it comes to computer hardware. I'm looking to upgrade my cpu to a duo core or better now i've been told my (Dell Dimension 4700 Motherboard M3918 Model) motherboard can't support any duo core processors, i'm not sure if this true but that's my first question; can it?

If not i'd like to know of a cheap but decent motherboard/cpu combo that will atleast let me run starcraft 2 or similar games in the lowest details possible without that much lagg.

Please help!

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August 17, 2012 4:04:41 AM

It's a socket 775... It should be able to support dual/quad cores... but the old processors are pretty hard to find and overpriced for what they are (compared to today's processors)

The problem is what PCI-E port does it have... does it have a 1.0 x16 or a 2.0 x16....
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August 17, 2012 4:10:48 AM

And i'm not sure what the PCI-E port is, as I said, i'm pretty ignorant about computer hardware.
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August 17, 2012 4:11:40 AM

Ok guys thanks so much = )
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August 17, 2012 4:15:56 AM

I found out it's a 1.0 PCE x16 slot is that still compatible with some duo or quad core cpus?
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August 17, 2012 4:20:13 AM

Hm.........

How cheap do you want it lol.

and I wouldn't go with what that guy has because you would also have to buy new ram... and the gpu is really weak... you might as well as go with a cheap ass motherboard and a $85-100 AMD APU and it would probably run better and be cheaper...
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August 17, 2012 4:24:19 AM

Well I went to a guy I know just looking for a standard upgrade to a dual core processor, he said there was none compatible with my motherboard. So I asked how much it would cost for the most cost efficient motherboard/cpu combo + service cost.

He said it'd be around 300$...

So i'm pretty much here to find out what's the most cost efficient upgrade performance wise.

I just pretty much want to be able to play starcraft 2 lowest settings with about 30 fps. So I guess to answer your question pretty cheap lol anything I can get under 300$ i'm pretty tight on money atm. If there's any more information you need on my computer i'll be glad to supply it.
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August 17, 2012 4:28:20 AM

Uh......... if you REALLY want to go cheap.

$18 for one of the worst CPUs in history (but it will run SC2)
Intel Pentium D Socket 775 CPU 945
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Pentium-D-Socket-775-CPU-...


$15 for a OLD ass GPU
EVGA Nvidia Geforce 6600 256MB PCIe DDR3 DVI VGA Video
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-Nvidia-Geforce-6600-256MB-...


And best part. it meets all of the minimum requirements lololol

Operating System
Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c

Processor
2.6 GHz Pentium® IV

Video
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better

Memory
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)



I won't guarantee that it will run lowest setting at 30fps though. but it will definitely run.
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August 17, 2012 4:28:51 AM

Well I can currently run it, I just get this really annoying 1-2 stutter every 15-20 seconds. Is there anything a bit better? Atm i'm on a geforce 9500gt, with a pentium 3.2 ghz single core cpu w/ 3gb of ram.
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August 17, 2012 4:34:56 AM

And this cpu is definately compatible with my motherboard?
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August 17, 2012 4:35:47 AM

RGneedshelp said:
Well I can currently run it, I just get this really annoying 1-2 stutter every 15-20 seconds. Is there anything a bit better? Atm i'm on a geforce 9500gt, with a pentium 3.2 ghz single core cpu w/ 3gb of ram.


oh lol. haha. your gpu's way better than this gpu then lol.

But ya... uh........ I'd say keep your gpu cause that's way more than enough for minimum.

www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-2-Duo-E7200-SLAPC-2-53-GHz-...

I'd get this cheap processor... then it would almost meet the "recommended" requirements.


But ya. If I were you, I'd get a new processor, new motherboard and cheap ram. and that would cost less than $200...
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August 17, 2012 4:39:39 AM

RGneedshelp said:
And this cpu is definately compatible with my motherboard?


Never mind. scratch that. Your motherboard doesn't support anything else at all... I think you already have the best processor for it lol.

So ya. you'll have to buy a new motherboard and cpu.
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August 17, 2012 4:42:48 AM

Ok, any decent suggestions? Maybe one compatible with that cpu you just linked.
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August 17, 2012 4:48:16 AM

RGneedshelp said:
Ok, any decent suggestions? Maybe one compatible with that cpu you just linked.


Uh........ do you still have the Dell operating system disc? Because no matter what we do now, you're going to have to reinstall the operating system... otherwise it's going be $80-100 for a operating system............
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August 17, 2012 4:50:07 AM

Unfortunately no, but i'm 100% sure that the place I will be it taking to does, and will do so.
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August 17, 2012 4:56:11 AM

RGneedshelp said:
Unfortunately no, but i'm 100% sure that the place I will be it taking to does, and will do so.

get this and do the work yourself. there is enough guides to help you do it.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H61MLC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.89 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.94 @ Amazon)
Total: $242.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 00:55 EDT-0400)
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August 17, 2012 4:57:43 AM

Thanks loon, that's exactly what I was looking for = )
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August 17, 2012 4:58:02 AM

RGneedshelp said:
Unfortunately no, but i'm 100% sure that the place I will be it taking to does, and will do so.


This is the cheapest pc stuff i can find...

CPU: $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: $45+7 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: $22 (i wouldn't recommend 2 gigs on any new systems... 4 gigs will definitely boost the performance...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $124...

but you'll need a operating system and basically take apart your current pc and hook it up to these parts...

and the OS is $90 on amazon.



And what state do you live in. because then there's the other issue of tax lol.

So with the OS, It's $214.
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August 17, 2012 5:23:18 AM

Best bang for buck:


GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz - $88
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT2G3D1609DS1S00 - $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... TOTAL $180.97



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