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Hey guys, I have some question on behalf of my neighbor how has a fairly old dell PC.

Right now he has 3GB of DDR2 ram that he put in himself, and a pentium D processor at 2.66ghz. It isn't great, but he does not do all that much on the PC. The most tasking thing he does is play (on rare occasion) a flight simulation game.

I know his PC is socket 775, and for my first question, I would like to know if a Q6600 or a E8400 can work. If it is the same socket, it should work, but there are so many chipsets for socket 775 that I thought I would ask just in case these CPUs might argue with some of the chipsets.

For the second question, I am looking at two different CPUs. One is the Q6600 and the other is the E8400.

With NO overclocking, which one would be better for him? They both have somewhat similar CPU architecture, and the big difference between the two is that the E8400 has 2 cores but is clocked at 3.0ghz, and the Q6600 has 4 cores but is clocked at 2.4ghz.

Now, logic says that the E8400 would be better for him since he is probably not going to need 4 cores, and he would benefit more from the higher clock speed, but the Q6600 might come in handy in case they do want to do some type of photo editing or video editing in the future. Soooo I wanted to hear the communities opinion before I start leading him down the wrong road.

Last question. IF (and this is a pretty massive IF) I am able to do some overclocking for him, which CPU would you chose, for the end all be all performance CPU.

Please keep in mind that this upgrade will be for trying to shorten boot times and increase system responsiveness. I have already thought about getting him an SSD, but from what I can tell the PC does not have a sata port. The main reason for getting a new CPU and not a whole new system is because the upgrade would cost 40 bucks and not 400 bucks. smile.gif
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The Q6600 and E8400 should both work in that socket but I'm not sure which would be better out of those.
I would think the E8400 for the same reason you said.
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I highly doubt that motherboard will accept anything over a pentium D processor. It probably has an old chipset and not a more modern one. Your best bet would be get a new board an processor like a AMD. You may have to replace the power supply too. The front panel may not be compatible. It might be better to replace it with a budget PC then to upgrade. The optical drive can be used along with the hard drive from the old machine. As far as overclocking the only option is the Bsel mod on the chip to change the FSB of the Q6600 to 1333mhz. The memory in that is probably PC4200 or PC5400 which is too slow to work with the processor.
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They also made significantly faster Pentium D chips. You could get a PD 940 at 3.4ghz for around 20 dollars shipped on ebay. That would give you roughly a 30 percent performance increase and the amount of cache memory will be either double or quadruple what is in there. I think they made some Pentium D's with only 1MB of cache, and the 2.66ghz ones seem to strike me as the chips they did this with. The 940 has 4MB of cache.


You can also get a Pentium D 930 for like 10 bucks shipped. That's a 3.2ghz part.
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