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Old 08-01-2010, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I'm new here and this is my first post. I look forward to staying on these forums.
Anyway, I would like to see your suggestions on how I can upgrade Motherboard (and probably my CPU) but also keep the rest of my system. I would normally do this myself but since my PC has some fairly old parts (3-5 years) and some brand new parts in it, I am questioning the compatibility.
I would be spending about $150 and under the Motherboard. The CPU is optional (i have a functional CPU but i would appreciate an upgrade). Price range for the CPU is $150 (give or take 10 or so dollars). In total I have have 400 bucks to spend but I would only like to spend 300 or so. If you find a really good deal, I am willing to spend all of the 400, but that is only if you find: quiet, powerful, and compatible parts.

My SystemPLEASE REPLACE THE CPU AND MOTHERBOARD WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS)
Motherboard: ASUS D945PVS (Pentium 4/D motherboard Made in 2005-6)
CPU: Intel Pentium D 830 (Dual-Core 3.00GHz)
RAM: Corsair 2GB DDR3
GPU: HD 4670: 1GB DDR2 (Its a fairly good card for only 80 bucks)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks,
Nick

I did some more searching and I found this on Newegg.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

Compatible???
And would I need to upgrade my Power Supply?? (I have a fairly small Power supply)
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you can't be running ddr3 ram because your current board doesn't support it, you must be running ddr2.

since this is the case, if you do go with an i5 upgrade you'd need to buy new ram too.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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More Findings: I like # 3, 4, and 5 the Best !!!!!

1. i3-Processor plus Biostar Motherboard. ($200)
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2. Intel Core i5-650 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I5650 ---------------- PLUS ASUS P7H55D-M EVO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ----------------- (300 bucks)
Newegg.com - ASUS P7H55D-M EVO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

3. Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale (2.93GHz) 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E6500 + BIOSTAR G41D3G LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($117)
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E6500
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR G41D3G LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

4. Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 Wolfdale 2.7GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5400 + ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard ($190)
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 Wolfdale 2.7GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5400
Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

5. Intel Pentium E5300 Wolfdale 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5300 + BIOSTAR G41D3G LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($106)
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DON'T LOOK AT #1, I FOUND OUT IT IS AN INTEGRATED GRAPHICS CHIP.

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you can't be running ddr3 ram because your current board doesn't support it, you must be running ddr2.

since this is the case, if you do go with an i5 upgrade you'd need to buy new ram too.
Yeah Sorry what i meant by putting the DDR3 is that I've already got a DDR3 chip thats compatible sitting around. My dad was gonna use it but he didn't. Please check out my other setups.
Thanks,
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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#'s 3, 4 and 5 i wouldn't consider because lga775 is basically a dead socket now, and #2 i wouldn't consider either because the i5 6xx series cpus are just overpriced, you can get a quad for a little bit more.

that leaves #1 or the parts you listed your previous post, except that i would change the i5 760 to a 750 instead, they are charging you extra for a tiny raise in clock speed which you can surpass quite easily yourself.
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Hmmmm. Yes, I did notice most of the LGA775 Users commenting on it being sub-par. But I do like the results I got on my friends Pentium Dual-Core 2.9 Ghz. It is way faster than my Pentium D and thats all i want. Unfortunately, almost all of the i3's have integrated graphics chips, and I HATE (with a passion) integrated chips. And once again, unfortunately, i5's are really overpriced.

Do you think it would be possible to find a Core 2 Duo or a Core 2 Quad for around 100-150 bucks?

I don't really know what else to do with the motherboard. I don't want to spend over 140 on it.

EDIT:
How about these setups plus an AMD one (I don't really Like AMD but if its the cheapest i'll take it)

1. Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E7500 + MSI P43-C51 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard ($180)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115056
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130252

2. AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ADX630WFGIBOX + BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.455690

3. GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128342

4. Intel Celeron E3300 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E3300 + BIOSTAR G31D-M7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($111)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116264
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138142
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what about going the amd route,

a 6 core
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

motherboard
Newegg.com - MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 870 ATX AMD Motherboard

either way, if you're picking up new parts with your budget, i suggest stick with either an lga1156 or amd am3 build.
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what about going the amd route,

a 6 core
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

motherboard
Newegg.com - MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 870 ATX AMD Motherboard

either way, if you're picking up new parts with your budget, i suggest stick with either an lga1156 or amd am3 build.
I will go with that motherboard (i've looked at it before, seems solid) but not that Processor. I'm not comfortable with AMD in general but if i can find a cheap 50-100 dollar dual-core AMD chip, I'll take that setup.

Here are my prospects that I need help choosing from.

1. AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor + BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
($133)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.455691

2. AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX + BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
($119)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.455228

3. AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor HDX550WFGMBOX + BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.455230

4. Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX245OCGQBOX + BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
($103)
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Please help me choose from one of these, or if you could find a cheap but better Intel or AMD setup that would be awesome.
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in your original post you say you would be willing to spend $400 but would like it to be closer to $300, but all these options you keep listing and looking at are all like under $150.

so how much do you really want to spend??
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Around 100-200. And no i didn't say i'd be willing to spend 400. I said at maximum, and absolute maximum, i have 400 to spend.

I think one of those setups i have though is pretty good. I like the Athlon II Quad Core x4 setup
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