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Upgrade my PC
#1
Hello...my current PC is old 5 years.
Currently-Intel Pentium 2140 Dual core/Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT Smile
I am not sure about name of motherboard(maybe:Asus P5PL2-E...socket 775 LGA) Sorry if this isnt it Tongue
I was thinking something new some quad procesor(3Ghz)
I usually play latest games,emulators...pretty much of time I am modeling in 3ds max and almost all the time I am surfing internet Laugh
If you know something good suggest(if posible go to 100$...possibe more)
You are wondering why I didnt say anything I would want for graphic card(that because I didnt thought about that-they are expensive soo I will keep current one untill next year-I need to work for earn enough money...I am still going to school)
Btw what should I buy laptop or PC...I have PC now but when I go somwhere and I dont have anything to do I could model/surf internet on laptop if I had one Laugh
Thanks Smile

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#2
You could get a good dual core/Core 2 Duo for around $100. A 3.0Ghz quad from intel willl set you back a lot more. Although an AMD X4 processor would be cheaper, but since you would have to replace the mobo, it would be smarter to just go with a Core i3 and compatible mobo.

If you are wanting a laptop that even compares to your desktop, you are looking at a lot more than $100.
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#3
(10-29-2010, 11:08 PM)Rezard Wrote: You could get a good dual core/Core 2 Duo for around $100. A 3.0Ghz quad from intel willl set you back a lot more. Although an AMD X4 processor would be cheaper, but since you would have to replace the mobo, it would be smarter to just go with a Core i3 and compatible mobo.

If you are wanting a laptop that even compares to your desktop, you are looking at a lot more than $100.

He would also need new ram if he goes for i3.
He could simply get an am3/am2+ mobo with a phenom II 955 so he can use his old ddr2 ram.
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#4
I saw notebook few days ago Laugh
Are they good?
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#5
Not in the budget range.
You can get an a phenom II 955, am3/am2+ mobo and 6850 for the same price as an el cheapo laptop with integrated graphics.
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#6
That i3 sounds good...what are prices?
Btw where can I see what motherboard I have to see if it is compatible?
Thanks Laugh
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#7
In the US, you can get the Core i3-530 for $100~115. Motherboards, you can get an okay one for $80~100. Compatible motherboards are LGA-1156 with H55, H57 and P55 chipset. However, for the same price range, a Phenom II X4 is a better buy as it will perform well in both lightly and heavily threaded tasks. However, either option will require a motherboard upgrade, and in the case of the Core i3, a RAM upgrade, too.

As for your motherboard, it's LGA-775 so pretty much the best upgrade you can do (assuming the chipset supports it) is a Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz (well, E8600 but it's stupidly expensive). If you want to stay under $100, then one of the following:
Intel Pentium E6800 3.33 GHz 2MB L2 1066 FSB 12.5x266
Intel Pentium E6700 3.20 GHz 2MB L2 1066 FSB 12.0x266
Intel Pentium E6600 3.06 GHz 2MB L2 1066 FSB 11.5x266
Intel Pentium E6500 2.93 GHz 2MB L2 1066 FSB 11.0x266
Intel Pentium E5700 3.00 GHz 2MB L2 800 FSB 15.0x200
Intel Pentium E5500 2.80 GHz 2MB L2 800 FSB 14.0x200
Intel Pentium E5400 2.70 GHz 2MB L2 800 FSB 13.5x200

Try using Speccy or CPU-Z to check the motherboard model to make sure the processor you're upgrading to is compatible. If overclocking, I'd actually opt for one of the Pentium E5x00 for the higher multiplier. Upgrading to an LGA-775 quad-core isn't worth the money. If you're seriously considering going quad, the Phenom II X4 is your best bet. Right now, Newegg even has the Phenom II X4 940 BE OEM for $90. Add in $30 for a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ and an extra $80 for a motherboard (make sure it's DDR2 so you don't have to buy RAM) and you've got a decent quad-core build.
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#8
you can play games with the E7600 but dont exspect high speeds

i have an foxconn 45cmx
3gb ddr2
intell e7600
ati hd 4670

and some of the games i have are still slow

you would be better buying a core i3 motherboard that supports core i5 so you can upgrade in the future

id recomend a minimum of 3gb of ram for i3
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#9
I think I will go to E6800 or E6700 Smile
Which one is better?
The prices are 123$ and 101$ Laugh
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#10
E6800 is better, but not by much. Just around 4% performance increase so I don't think it's worth the nearly 25% price premium.
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