Originally Posted by 3xtr3m3
Enough with the switch to C2D advices. He wants to upgrade his system not to build another rig...
How is buying an AMD CPU for a Dell pre-built upgrading his existing system?
How is buying a 775 based Intel CPU for a 478 based Dell pre-built upgrading his current system?
He has already stated he will be buying a new motherboard at least, although "I know what I need to do" is incredibley vague so I could be wrong. Doesn't sound like a simply CPU swap to me. And if he is just upgrading, then people should stop suggesting AMD chips, as they won't work without a board upgrade as well. And if he is considering a 775 based Intel then he is likely looking at buying new RAM as almost all 775 based boards use DDR2....
To the thread starter, I suggest you give some more information into exactly what you are planning on doing if you want some useful, constructive advise.
The C2D may actually be a very good option for you, or it may not......you are already buying a new motherboard evidently, and they are not all expensive, so if you are planning on spending $140 on your CPU and $150 for a new board to run that CPU and some new RAM, then it's possible a good system can be made.
However, simply asking which CPU you should get between an AMD and an Intel from last year doesn't do much other than start an AMD v. Intel war.