One has 1gb of DDR5, while the other card has more memory at 2gb but is DDR3. I am also considering upgrading my processor to a quad core if necessary. What do you guys think? They are both priced the same, and I would like the best of the two. Thanks!
On the LGA 775 you could swap CPU's for a Q6600 or Extreme QX. The problem would be finding one new and how much are you going to pay for it. I'm afraid that what you'll pay for a new Quad Core you could get a MATX 1155 Motherboard and a locked i5. The problem would then be upgrading to DDR3 RAM and your PSU.
so it's not worth getting a core 2 quad? if not, i'll just opt for the video card alone.
Shop around before giving up. The cheapest I was finding Quad Core's on 775 was ~$200 (new). For that price it's not worth it. If you want to take the chance on a used CPU I'm sure you could find them fairly cheap on eBay, but that's entirely up to you.
The problem is that the 775 chipset has been dead for quite some time. You're better off upgrading everything to 1155 or 970/990 now or wait until next year when the new Intel's drop (Haswell).
But, by all means, feel free to upgrade to an HD 7750. While the 7750 doesn't take any additional power from the PSU like a 7770 would, I would still look at upgrading your PSU in the near future. The units that come with pre built systems have just enough Amps & Wattage to run the computer as it is.
So i found a Q9550 processor for $199. Because my computer comes with Dell's modified motherboard, I can't replace the motherboard. If I do get a new one, I will have to get a new case as well (costing me more money).
With that being said, is this processor a good deal? Or will it really make that big a difference from my current E7200?
So even if i upgrade from Core 2 Duo E7200 (what i have now) to a Core 2 Quad Q9550, there won't be a big difference? I thought quad-core was much better than a dual-core?
Anyway, I'm not in the market for a new motherboard since that will require me to buy a case as well. And then I'll have to buy decent components to load the new system. With that being said, is it even worth buying the processor for $199? I feel it will be cheaper in the long run. What are your thoughts?