Hey guys i have a dual core pentium 2.8ghz processor...I wanna upgrade for gaiming...I want on that you know about 3.5ghz maybe and i want it to be at least a dual cord or higher im on a tight budget of 300 dollars so please let me know....I would prefer amd and i think i heard you dont have to reinstall windows so please let me know! thanks
Prefer AMD? Why? For the price?
They're cheaper for a reason. They're not as good as Intel processors.
Exactly which processor do you have? It's unlikely that you'll be able to upgrade just your processor, because you motherboard probably won't support the latest CPUs.
If you're willing to push your budget a little bit, Micro Center will bundle a Z77 motherboard and LGA 1155 CPU for $50 less. And CPUs cost less at Micro Center anyway.
i did some research and found this and my mob supports this http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-Intel_(chipsets)/H61_Express.html
Are you sure? Because if your MoBo supports LGA 1155, well you can leap for joy.
Head over to Micro Center (if you live near one) and pick up an i5-3570K.
I just got one myself. It runs at 3.4 Ghz stock. Overclocked it to 4.3 GHz and it's as cool as a panda.
My graphics cards come in later today so I'll let you know how it games.
What's your current graphics setup? That's more important for gaming.
And yes, I know the i5-3570K is not on the list in the link, but if your MoBo can take the i7-3770, which has a 22 nm architecture, I don't see why it will not take the i5-3570K.
I can't speak from experience about reinstalling Windows after upgrading components, but if you upgrade your CPU, I really don't think you'll have to reinstall Windows.
It's always good to have a backup, though.
It'll stretch your budget a little bit, but if you really want to have some gaming fun, pick this up: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1781467&CatId=3669
It's totally not necessary, if you're happy with your gaming performance.