Total noob Motherboard > processor question. Please help if you can :)

By Jamibi ยท 7 replies
Dec 28, 2006
  1. Hey guys,
    Sorry for the probably really crappy question but, im not genius when it comes to computer hardware, Ok.

    So i have This motherboard

    and trying to get

    (Or if anyone else can recommend any other reasonably priced Dual cores? )

    Can anyone suggest a motherboard which would handle both of those? and would the RAM i have in my motherboard now be able to be on that motherboard that you suggest. I'm not sure how i would be able to check my RAM details, if you can suggest a better way to know if it could fit in the new one, or any info you need to know on it, just reply, the only info i can tell you is that it fits into the motherboard i have now xD

    I have the model of the RAM it's a Kingston KHX3700/512, dont know if that helps i just checked the sticker on the side :D

    Very sorry for the long winded post, and the many clickies :D
    I would REALLY appreciate it if you could help me out here though, i need to spend my birthday/christmas money :D (P.S birthday today, good bday pressie :D)

    Thanks alot,
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    If you are looking to build a new system, I wouldn't recommend that CPU. It is a dual core, but Intel's newest dual cores are a HUGE improvement over the one you are looking at. You want a core 2 duo CPU. They walk circles around the one you are looking at. And I especially recommend the core 2 duo cpu if you are looking at that graphics card. It needs a very fast CPU to run at it's full potential.

    Regardless, you would not be able to use your current ram in the new system. Either way, you'll need to get DDR2 ram (you currently are using DDR).

    Then you'll need a core2duo compatible motherboard. Here is a budget level board:

    Some ram:

    And if you are going to get that GPU, you will also be needing a new power supply to power it up. That graphics card is a monster.
  3. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 39   +8


    Thanks alot man, your a life saver. I havent checked the prices on all this stuff your talking about yet, but it looks like i might be saving abit more till i can get it, the stuff you're talking about doesnt sound too cheap :D
    Thanks again!
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    I tried to recommend the lower priced parts for a system that will do well with that (very expensive and powerful) graphics card you are saying you want to have.

    If you are going to get that graphics card, you shouldn't be getting anything less than what I have recommended above. That is really the starting point for what you would need.

    If you don't want to spend that kind of money, then I wouldn't recommend you get that graphics card (unless you plan to upgrade your system at some later date). That graphics card is extremely powerful, and needs a fast system to make use of it. If you don't have a fast system, then you are frankly wasting your money on that card and would be better off getting a DX9 graphics card and saving some of your money.
  5. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 39   +8


    thanks for the recommendations, i worked out that it would come to about 762 quid, i have 650 quid atm, but i can ofc, do the "big eyes" to my mum and ask her nicely. I was just looking at the power supplies and was wondering would you have a spare minute to quickly check which would be a good one to get, here is my current one is a Q-TEC PSU 400W, dual fan gold ATX, can you advise on a good one, or is this fine? As this is all french to me.
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    You can calculate how many watts you will need HERE
    Also, have a read HERE to help choose a new PSU.

    Something like THIS psu would be a good choice I think.
  7. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 39   +8

    Alright thanks mate, checking now
  8. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 39   +8


    I worked it all out now, and its comes to 837.66
    I only have abot 650 at the moment which i can easily get to, so there is like 180 which i need to get my hands on, going to try look around see if i can get any of it cheaper, try some other sites around, you know any real good cheap sites in the UK? i know you're from Japan but its worth a try :p
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