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GPU 7750 and CPU E8500 upgrades

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June 8, 2012 8:52:28 AM

For "medium" gaming, I am about to purchase an HD7750 graphics card $110 ($100 after rebate) (though have also looked at cheaper HD6670 GDDR5 or DDR3 versions).

Is it worth to replace my Pentium E5300 with a used E8500 (say $50-$75 used on Ebay)? See performance comparison in the link below.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/3 [...] E5300.html


I have a Dell Inspiron 530 built in February 2009 with 3GB (DDR2) RAM and integrated graphics. Vista 32-bit. 300 W power supply. (Did not intend to get upgrade the power supply.)
June 8, 2012 9:45:09 AM

Intel core 2 duo E8500 is still a very good cpu you can pair this cpu with HD 7750 and see the performance it should run all the latest game's on high or medium setting.
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June 8, 2012 12:12:15 PM

You can get a brand new sandy bridge dual core, a mobo and 8GB ddr3 for about $150 that would be way faster and more efficient so no I don't think it's a good idea.
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June 8, 2012 12:17:44 PM

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

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34

Total= $134

Or for another $16 you could step up to a faster Pentium G620
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pair that up with a HD7750 and your good to go. If you go with a HD6670, don't get the DDR3 version.

Either cpu is quite a capable gamer as you can see:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-you...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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June 8, 2012 1:20:04 PM

If you have a decent motherboard the e5300 will overclock to at least 3.6 making the cpu upgrade a waste
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June 8, 2012 2:35:42 PM

Dells don't overclock and he would need a $30 cooler for that.
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June 8, 2012 3:02:01 PM

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June 8, 2012 9:13:14 PM

spentshells said:
If you have a decent motherboard the e5300 will overclock to at least 3.6 making the cpu upgrade a waste


I was concerned that OC of the E5300 may increase the power requirements beyond my 300 W power supply?
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June 8, 2012 9:15:04 PM

geekapproved said:
You can get a brand new sandy bridge dual core, a mobo and 8GB ddr3 for about $150 that would be way faster and more efficient so no I don't think it's a good idea.



Thanks for the reply. I thought about that approach, and I like the sound of it. Would I have to buy Windows 7 to replace Vista?
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June 8, 2012 10:59:31 PM

Vista should work fine with what you have.
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June 9, 2012 1:28:48 AM

My current operating system is Vista 32-bit, which I have been told cannot take advantage of more than about 3.0 or 3.5 GB RAM.
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June 9, 2012 1:45:43 AM

That is correct. It has to do something with numbers and counting, but you are correct.
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