Motherboard> CPU compatibility.

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!

- First time poster. :D
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  1. 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....
  2. Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

    bundled with:

    1x ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA ...
    $206.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1027432
  3. And i'm not sure what the PCI-E port is, as I said, i'm pretty ignorant about computer hardware.
  4. Ok guys thanks so much = )
  5. I found out it's a 1.0 PCE x16 slot is that still compatible with some duo or quad core cpus?
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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-945-SL9QB-3-4-4M-800-05A-/261082269084?pt=CPUs&hash=item3cc9b7459c


    $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-PCIe-DDR3-DVI-VGA-Video-/360418881470?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item53eaa3afbe


    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.
  9. 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.
  10. And this cpu is definately compatible with my motherboard?
  11. 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-Dual-Core-EU80571PH0613M-Processor-/400316034723?pt=CPUs&hash=item5d34b1eea3

    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...
  12. 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.
  13. Ok, any decent suggestions? Maybe one compatible with that cpu you just linked.
  14. 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............
  15. Unfortunately no, but i'm 100% sure that the place I will be it taking to does, and will do so.
  16. 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)
  17. Thanks loon, that's exactly what I was looking for = )
  18. 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=N82E16819116409

    Motherboard: $45+7 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135288

    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=N82E16820576003

    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.
  19. RGneedshelp said:
    Thanks loon, that's exactly what I was looking for = )
    here is another good combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1026965
  20. 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=N82E16813128537


    Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz - $88
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397

    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=N82E16820148542#top TOTAL $180.97
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