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Any experts? Need a recommendation for CPU/RAM/Motherboard etc

By Stonerose92
Sep 8, 2011
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  1. Hi, i posted a thread a while ago a tad similar to this one, but it wasn't really specific and I didn't really feel like I explained what I meant well..

    Basically, I want to upgrade my computer, make it a tad faster. I personally think I could do with a CPU upgrade, maybe you might think different..

    Also, If i do go to upgrade my CPU, which will work accordingly with my motherboard, because i have no idea about this motherboard/cpu correlation, and how you know if the motherboard will handle the CPU..

    Also, i'm running windows 7 64-bit and i only have 3.25gb available RAM, wondering if someone could tell me what's up with that? I've tried to alter settings in the BIOS, to deal with it , but there seems to be nothing available.

    This is my stats, via Speccy:

    Operating System
    MS Windows 7 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D 820
    SmithField 90nm Technology
    RAM
    4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)
    Motherboard
    Intel Corporation D945GCL (LGA 775)
    Graphics
    Dell E193FP (1280x1024@60Hz)
    1024MB GeForce 9500 GT (XFX Pine Group) 56 °C
    Hard Drives
    244GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JS-22NCB1 (RAID) 35 °C
    Optical Drives
    HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22LP20 ATA Device
    Audio
    Line 6 UX1


    CPU
    Intel Pentium D 820
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name Intel Pentium D 820
    Code Name SmithField
    Package Socket 775 LGA
    Technology 90nm
    Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
    Family F
    Extended Family F
    Model 4
    Extended Model 4
    Stepping 7
    Revision B0
    Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, Intel 64
    Virtualization Unsupported
    Hyperthreading Not supported
    Bus Speed 199.6 MHz
    Rated Bus Speed 798.5 MHz
    Stock Core Speed 2800 MHz
    Stock Bus Speed 200 MHz
    Caches
    L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 16 KBytes
    L1 trace cache 2 x 12 Kuops
    L2 Unified Cache Size 2 x 1024 KBytes
    Core 0
    Core Speed 2794.7 MHz
    Multiplier x 14.0
    Bus Speed 199.6 MHz
    Rated Bus Speed 798.5 MHz
    Thread 1
    APIC ID 0
    Core 1
    Core Speed 2794.7 MHz
    Multiplier x 14.0
    Bus Speed 199.6 MHz
    Rated Bus Speed 798.5 MHz
    Thread 1
    APIC ID 1

    RAM
    Memory slots
    Total memory slots 4
    Used memory slots 2
    Free memory slots 2
    Memory
    Type DDR2
    Size 4096 MBytes
    Channels # Dual
    DRAM Frequency 332.7 MHz
    CAS# Latency (CL) 5 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 5 clocks
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5 clocks
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 15 clocks
    Bank Cycle Time (tRC) 21 clocks
    Physical Memory
    Memory Usage 48 %
    Total Physical 3.25 GB
    Available Physical 1.67 GB
    Total Virtual 8.00 TB
    Available Virtual 3.87 GB
    SPD
    Number Of SPD Modules 2
    Slot #1
    Type DDR2
    Size 2048 MBytes
    Manufacturer OCZ
    Max Bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
    Part Number OCZ2RPX8002G
    SPD Ext. EPP
    EPP #0
    Frequency 400.0 MHz
    CAS# Latency 5.0
    RAS# To CAS# 4
    RAS# Precharge 4
    tRAS 15
    Voltage 2.000 V
    JEDEC #3
    Frequency 400.0 MHz
    CAS# Latency 6.0
    RAS# To CAS# 6
    RAS# Precharge 6
    tRAS 18
    tRC 24
    Voltage 1.800 V
    JEDEC #2
    Frequency 333.3 MHz
    CAS# Latency 5.0
    RAS# To CAS# 5
    RAS# Precharge 5
    tRAS 15
    tRC 20
    Voltage 1.800 V
    JEDEC #1
    Frequency 266.7 MHz
    CAS# Latency 4.0
    RAS# To CAS# 4
    RAS# Precharge 4
    tRAS 12
    tRC 16
    Voltage 1.800 V
    Slot #2
    Type DDR2
    Size 2048 MBytes
    Manufacturer OCZ
    Max Bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
    Part Number OCZ2RPX8002G
    SPD Ext. EPP
    EPP #0
    Frequency 400.0 MHz
    CAS# Latency 5.0
    RAS# To CAS# 4
    RAS# Precharge 4
    tRAS 15
    Voltage 2.000 V
    JEDEC #3
    Frequency 400.0 MHz
    CAS# Latency 6.0
    RAS# To CAS# 6
    RAS# Precharge 6
    tRAS 18
    tRC 24
    Voltage 1.800 V
    JEDEC #2
    Frequency 333.3 MHz
    CAS# Latency 5.0
    RAS# To CAS# 5
    RAS# Precharge 5
    tRAS 15
    tRC 20
    Voltage 1.800 V
    JEDEC #1
    Frequency 266.7 MHz
    CAS# Latency 4.0
    RAS# To CAS# 4
    RAS# Precharge 4
    tRAS 12
    tRC 16
    Voltage 1.800 V

    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Model D945GCL
    Version 300
    Chipset Vendor Intel
    Chipset Model i945P/PL/G/GZ
    Chipset Revision A2
    Southbridge Vendor Intel
    Southbridge Model 82801GB (ICH7/R)
    Southbridge Revision A1
    BIOS
    Brand Intel Corp.
    Version CF94510J.15A.0028.2006.1213.1629
    Date 12/13/2006
    PCI Data
    Slot PCI-X
    Slot Type PCI-X
    Slot Usage In Use
    Data But Width 8192 bit
    Slot Designation PCIE X16 SLOT
    Slot Number 0
    Slot PCI-X
    Slot Type PCI-X
    Slot Usage Available
    Data But Width 256 bit
    Slot Designation PCIE X1 SLOT 1
    Slot Number 1
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage In Use
    Data But Width 32 bit
    Slot Designation PCI SLOT 1
    Slot Number 2
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage In Use
    Data But Width 32 bit
    Slot Designation PCI SLOT 2
    Slot Number 3

    Graphics
    Monitor
    Name Dell E193FP on NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
    Current Resolution 1280x1024 pixels
    Work Resolution 1280x984 pixels
    State enabled, primary
    Monitor Width 1280
    Monitor Height 1024
    Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
    Monitor Frequency 60 Hz
    Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
    GeForce 9500 GT
    GPU G96
    Device ID 10DE-0640
    Revision A2
    Subvendor XFX Pine Group (1682)
    Current Performance Level Level 1
    Current GPU Clock 550 MHz
    Current Memory Clock 400 MHz
    Current Shader Clock 1375 MHz
    Technology 66 nm
    Die Size 144 nm²
    Transistors 314 M
    Release Date Jul 29, 2008
    DirectX Support 10.0
    DirectX Shader Model 4.0
    OpenGL Support 3.0
    Bus Interface PCI Express x16
    Temperature 56 °C
    ForceWare version 280.26
    BIOS Version 62.94.4b.00.81
    ROPs 8
    Shaders 32 unified
    Physical Memory 1024 MB
    Virtual Memory 2432 MB
    Bus Width 128 Bit
    Count of performance levels : 1
    Level 0
    GPU Clock 550 MHz
    Memory Clock 400 MHz
    Shader Clock 1375 MHz

    Hard Drives

    WDC WD2500JS
    Manufacturer Western Digital
    Interface RAID
    Capacity 244GB
    Real size 250,059,350,016 bytes
    RAID Type Hardware RAID
    S.M.A.R.T
    01 Read Error Rate 200 (200 worst) Data 0000000000
    03 Spin-Up Time 227 (179) Data 0000000E18
    04 Start/Stop Count 097 (097) Data 0000000C5F
    05 Reallocated Sectors Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    07 Seek Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    09 Power-On Hours (POH) 078 (078) Data 0000003F44
    0A Spin Retry Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
    0B Recalibration Retries 100 (100) Data 0000000000
    0C Device Power Cycle Count 097 (097) Data 0000000C27
    BE Temperature Difference from 100 064 (046) Data 0000000024
    C2 Temperature 114 (096) Data 0000000024
    C4 Reallocation Event Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C5 Current Pending Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C7 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    C8 Write Error Rate / Multi-Zone Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
    Temperature 35 °C
    Temperature Range ok (less than 50 °C)
    Status Good
    Partition 0
    Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #0
    Disk Letter D:
    File System NTFS
    Size 9.00GB
    Used Space 4.57GB (51%)
    Free Space 4.43GB (49%)
    Partition 1
    Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #1
    Disk Letter C:
    File System NTFS
    Size 224GB
    Used Space 86GB (39%)
    Free Space 138GB (61%)

    Audio
    Sound Cards
    High Definition Audio Device
    Line 6 UX1
    Playback Device
    Speakers (Line 6 UX1)
    Recording Device
    Digital Audio Interface (Line 6 UX1)


    Thank you very much, hope you can help :)
     
  2. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    thinking perhaps my RAM is faulty, it's about 4 years old.
     
  3. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,026   +51

  4. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    i think that the best cpu for your board is intel core 2 duo E7300 , and it is also good for gaming
    with your 9500 gt and 4 GB of ram........good luck
    E7300 spec : http://ark.intel.com/products/36463
     
  5. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    I'm no expert but isn't 2.66 ghz slower technically than the one i've got now?
     
  6. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

  7. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    no, E7300 is a lot faster than your cpu , the cpu clock is not everything in cpu, it is about the cpu architecture ,i changed my cpu from pentium dual core 3.0 ghz to E7300 2.66 and i notice a huge difference in performance especially in games.
     
  8. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    i see, sorry i'm a bit of a processor simpleton haha
     
  9. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Fyi; your board will support 65nm (Conroe and Allendale) Core 2 Duo /Pentium dual-core CPUs with 1066 and 800 mhz FSBs. Here is the intel Core series processor support list for that board. The core2duo E6600 and E6700 would be the fastest supported cpus, and either one would blow that old Pentium D out of the water. As a bonus both can be found used on ebay for around $50-$70 ea. Just remember they must be the core2duo E6600 or E6700 intel recycled those model numbers for some newer 45nm pentium dual-core CPUs that will not work with your board.
     
  10. Neil010

    Neil010 TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Ask Mr J. O. Beard. He is the expert, and perhaps the perfect guy for your querries.
     
  11. Neil010

    Neil010 TS Rookie Posts: 53

    He is a TechSpot Ambassador.
     
  12. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Alright, thanks for the info..
    So how do i tell the difference between a good/bad processor... and which processor would you guys recommend for me to get, regarding my setup?
    Also, anyone know about my RAM problem?
     
  13. Modena

    Modena TS Enthusiast Posts: 142

    About the RAM problem/issue the only thing I can think of is that you're integrated graphics are still enabled on you're system. Meaning that a portion of you're RAM is being dedicated to that as video memory. You should go into BIOS and try and disable on-board graphics, so that you have all you're RAM available. (just a guess)
     
  14. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    That's a decent guess :)
     
  15. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Don't have the option on my BIOS :/
     
  16. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    any of the core 2 duo conroe E6x00 series are good the C2D E6600 and E6700 would be the best that board supports since they have 4mb L2 cache rather then the 2mb on the lower end core 2 duos (E6300,6400) the E4x00 are even less desirable since they only have an 800 mhz FSB. Any first gen core 2 duo should be avalible on Ebay or at used computer parts outlets for less than $70 and the price diference between the lowest end and highest end CPUs is only $20 or so; because of this minimal price difference there is little reason not to go with the most powerful CPU that board will support.
     

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