Upgrade Time! Need some help from the pro's! :D

By Amps7
Feb 14, 2007
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  1. damienb

    damienb Newcomer, in training Posts: 100

    Core 2 Duo's are definatley worth the money you pay for them!!

    They are at this moment in time the best CPU's on the market and will out perform any AMD, Pentium 4 or Pentium D.

    Even the slowest Core 2 Duo (E4300 1.8GHz) will be much faster than the fastest Pentium 4 or Pentium D. This is due to the unique way it processes its data.

    Not to mention they are probably the most overclockable CPU's ever made!!!
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    The only problem with doing that is the fact that the X16 slot will be running at X8 speeds, or half the bandwidth.
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    It dosnt really matter as a 7950Gx2 dosnt use x8.
  4. agi_shi

    agi_shi Newcomer, in training Posts: 507

    X2900XTX maybe? Does anything use the full bandwidth yet?
  5. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Oh thats good, I will go for Kitty's core 2 Duo but is there a motherboard available that can support the processor, DDR memory and AGP aswell as PCIx16?
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I think there is, but it'll be quite rare, as people typically buy one or the other. Check on some popular online stores, and you may find it.
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

  8. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    That looks good but dabs.com didnt specify wheither it had an AGP and PCIx16 or not.

    Plus on the Compatible Processors list it states:

    Celeron D
    Pentium 4
    Pentium D
    Pentium Extreme Edition

    But no core duo?
  9. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    That board's chipset doesn't support Core 2 Duo tho.

    I search Newegg for stuff with AGP and PCI-e, that supported Core 2 processors, so that I could see what boards worked to search for them on a UK site. Nothing matched the search criteria, tho. You could probably get something with integrated graphics supporting Core 2, with only a PCI-e slot, so that you could use integrated until you save enough to buy a new graphx card.

    Regards :)
  10. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Thanks for that Kitty, what about a Motherboard that can support Intel Core 2 Duo, DDR2 and has an AGP and PCI-E?

    I might be able to stretch that little bit further and get some DDR2 as I have a friend who is selling some that I could get cheap :p

    If such a motherboard exits, I will definetely buy it as that is perfect for my system :)
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I can almost guarantee that most integrated graphic cards would be better than what you have right now, or match up in performance; they have come a long with now with things as high as a GeForce 6150 IGP, or the ATI Radeon X1400 IGP. I'm sure if you find one of those boards, you'll only really need PCI-e X16 for future upgrades.
     
  12. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Oh ok, I wasnt aware of that...Im used to hearing about Integrated Graphics being around the 64mb mark :)

    Well if thats the case then that makes the search easier I guess!

    Is DDR2 worth getting over DDR1?

    If it is then im looking for a Intel Core 2 Dup supporting motherboard with DDR2 memory :D
  13. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    I searched for one that did C2D and AGP+PCI-e and there was none (that Newegg had). But you could go with one that has integrated+PCI-e. I didn't think about that, but most integrated graphx (S3 excluded) should be as good as or better than your FX5200.

    this board looks good.
  14. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    Ah yes, the DS3 is a very nice board. And it is cheaper there (by a bit), comes out to just over $126 USD. Newegg has it for $132 I believe.
  15. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    That is a nice board, exactly what I need but its a bit out of my price range im afraid...:(

    Sorry for being so picky....but I cant mess this up you see :)
  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

  17. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

  18. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Nice find kitty500cat. I was too lazy to look for it :p
  19. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I don't think I've ever personally used or seen a double duty motherboard. It's interesting though...I wonder what would happen if you try to set up SLI or Crossfire :haha: ?
  20. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Excellent! That really is the perfect motherboard for me! Great find, good price too fits into my budget nicely :D :D

    So to recap, If I go for the following:

    Motherboard:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...esc&filter_category=&filter_string=&offset=10

    Processor:

    Hmm, well as I was planning to get a Intel Core 2 Duo E4300, I noticed the negligible price difference between this and the E6300.

    Is it worth paying the little extra for the E6300?

    If it is then thats my system wrapped up and sorted, its all compatible now right?
  21. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    You should get the E4300. It's able to overclock quite nicely, especially on that Asrock mobo ;)
  22. Amps7

    Amps7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Ah but Im not planning an overclock you see :p

    Im too much of a noob for that :)

    So based on that, would you suggest I go for the E6300 over the E4300?

    Thanks.
  23. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

    I would personally go for the 6400 because of the 4mb cache
  24. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    You don't get the 4MB cache until the 6600.

    You really can't go wrong with either the 4300 or the 6300. Probably wouldn't even notice a diff unless you were benchmarking.

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
  25. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

    My bad. Yea, now I remember :) I went with the 6600 because of the 4mb cache lol. Great CPU though.
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