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Upgrade E8400 to Windows 64 bit Yes or No?

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January 19, 2013 3:02:25 AM

I use my system to to convert Standard Definition video to High Definition video. Power Director 10 specifies an i7 cpu. But does it use all those cores? I want to give my E8400 a chance at 64 bit Windows. Is it worth the budget upgrade?

This is what I have planned:

System Board from G31 to DP45SG
Memory 4 GB DDR2-800 to 8 GB DDR3-1333
Video HD5450 500MB GDDR2 to HD6670 1GB GDDR5 or HD6770 1GB GDDR5
Windows Vista 32 to 8 64 bit
Power Director 10 to 11 and/or just the ATI Media Converter.

Cost under $400.00

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January 19, 2013 10:05:28 AM

With a $400 budget to work with, I'd be looking at a full core system upgrade and putting your E8400 to pasture.

Yes, if Power Director 10 specifies a quad-core processor for it "Full-HD quality H.264 and MPEG2 Profiles", then it will be utilizing all four cores.

Here's an AMD upgrade option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $396.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 06:55 EST-0500)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


Here's an Intel Option:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $366.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 07:03 EST-0500)

Note the Intel build means you keep your current AMD Radeon HD5450.

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January 29, 2013 1:22:56 PM

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