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Old 11-02-2009, 06:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I'm looking to boost my pc's gaming performance as cost effectively as possible. Currently I run...

Intel core duo 1.4ghz
2gb ram
2x 8800gt sli
32 bit windows xp

I have been looking at gtx295's but this seems a very costly gtx upgrade and doesn't sound like it will be worth the money. Also, I am worried a 295 would be held back by my CPU. So maybe upgrading to a quad core 2.5 ghz for 100 quid would be better?

Thanks in advance
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what motherboard do you have?
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Asus P5N-E sli
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looks like the q6600 is about the best quad that will work for your board. Would be a nice upgrade. Or save for a new mb / ram / cpu.

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I have been looking at the q8300 on aria... I take it from what you said that won't work with my mb?
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It was not on the cpu support list from asus I linked so I would be leery of it unless you can confirm via asus that it will work.
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It was not on the cpu support list from asus I linked so I would be leery of it unless you can confirm via asus that it will work.
The motherboard will support a Q9505. The motherboard's site says it'll support 45nm processors, so a Q8xxx SHOULD work. There have been a few cases that people have got the Q8xxx to work on the same board.
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The motherboard will support a Q9505. The motherboard's site says it'll support 45nm processors, so a Q8xxx SHOULD work. There have been a few cases that people have got the Q8xxx to work on the same board.
the q9505 does look good. but they are a tad expensive. i'd suggest getting a cheap e8x00 series.
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I don't think the 650i chipset supports the 45nm quads. At least the 680i I had didn't. It only supported the 45nm duo's.

IIRC 45nm quad support was added to the 7x0i series.
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^ the 650i's have a little better support for the 45nm quads.

and plus it says it supports the q9505 on the asus website. and yes, the 680i does not support the 45nm quads
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