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Q6600 vs i5 cpu

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December 22, 2011 2:29:34 PM

Trying to find a way to put the i5 cpu or similar from AMD in my Dell 530. It has a Q6600 in it right now. I'm thinking the i5 would be quicker. Let me know if it wouldn't.

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December 22, 2011 4:22:16 PM

i5's are certainly exceptionally good chips.

However, the problem you are going to run into is that Core2Quads run on LGA775 and Core i5's run on 1155. That means that an i5 chip physically won't fit into the same motherboard as your Core2Quad. Basically, to get yourself a new CPU you are going to have to build a completely new PC.

It sucks but that's the way the world is. I do feel your pain. I'm stuck on a Q8200 and can't quite get the cash up to do a full system update yet.
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December 22, 2011 4:48:09 PM

waw, to see you guys whining with quad cores makes me lol, granted they arent the best, but theyre still quads
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December 22, 2011 4:50:48 PM

The Core i5 is faster than the older Core 2 Quad. If clocked at the same speed the improvement would be on average 20% - 22% more processing power. There aren't any AMD CPUs that can stand up to a Core i5 CPU.

Of course you will need to buy a Socket 1155 motherboard for a Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPU.
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December 22, 2011 5:26:46 PM

its not really a whole new build you have to buy, just the mobo, cpu and ram.
December 22, 2011 7:24:38 PM

13th, but will it go in my 530 pc ? If so, it's on the way.
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December 22, 2011 7:42:44 PM

if your case is atx compliant yes, or can take a matx board. Have you got a friendly shop nearby that you can take it to?
To be honest there's not much of a bump from Q6600 to I5 in the real world, what do you use it for?
December 22, 2011 7:51:59 PM

Basic computing, playing golf, watching movies ..... nothing fancy. If there's not a big difference, i may not do it. I'm just looking for faster speeds. And yes, i have several people to take it to.

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December 22, 2011 8:13:06 PM

in which case i'd say 95% of the time you'll see no benefit, heavier duty gaming you should see more of a difference.
December 22, 2011 8:29:22 PM

Thanks 13th
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December 22, 2011 8:50:36 PM

if you want more speed with a quad, your problem might be ram or the disk is bogged down
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December 22, 2011 8:52:26 PM

yep, an SSD would give you a massive improvement in how the system feels.
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December 22, 2011 10:30:19 PM

A SSD will make your PC feel faster since any programs installed on it will launch faster. It will also decrease your boot and shutdown time if use use it as your c: drive.
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December 22, 2011 11:19:03 PM

In all likely hood you won't be able to upgrade your Dell to a new CPU/Motherboard. The vast majority of Dell machines are what's called BTX form factor which basically means the motherboard is mounted on the opposite side of the case and upside down when compared to normal ATX machines (effectively a mirror image). This means ATX and BTX boards cannot be swapped. The notable exception to this is Dell's XPS line of PC's from a couple years back which used "Dell-ized" ATX boards and can be easily upgraded (XPS 630i and 730 come to mind off hand).

At any rate, as already noted you won't see much of a real world improvment moving to an i5 and you'd be much better off spending some money on a Solid State Drive (SSD) and performing a clean OS install.
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December 23, 2011 1:06:51 AM

if the disk is bogged down with apps, i was thinking more along the lines of a clean others have said, an ssd is good, but im guessing from ur question that ur on a tight budget
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December 23, 2011 1:18:53 AM


Actually that is true. Many times a clean install of Windows will speed up a sluggish PC because the Windows Registry can grow larger over time installing and uninstalling programs. Grow too large and it can slow down your PC a little bit, worse, if it becomes corrupted, then it can make your system unstable.
January 1, 2012 11:51:47 PM

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