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So Im wanting to Upgrade my CPU on my Media Center PC From a Intel Celeron 336 2.8ghz Running 3.1Ghz,

So the Reason why its just to slow for stuff now like i mean only 256kb on L2 Cache i mean jeez any ways

This media center pc is custom built
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Intel Celeron 336 2.8ghz Running 3.1Ghz LGA755
ECS 945PL-A v1.0
1.5gb of G.Skillz Extreme Series Ram 533mhz
Sound Blaster Audigy 4
MSI Nvidia 8600gt 256mb OC Version
2x 250gb Samsung Sata

So now my problem is that The Mobo name is ECS 945pl-a
And
945pl is a chipset they have but going into CPU-Z I 945G




So as the picture both Say I945G But i just wanna make sure before i go ahead and purchase a Intel C2D
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post #2 of 8
The 945 chipset is not always going to support the Core 2 Duo. There is a certain revision that supports it. Dell actually has 2 versions of their 945 chipset motherboards. One supports the conroe, and the other one doesnt.

Here is the motherboard support page for the ECS 945PL-A. Note that this is for the revision 5.0 of the board (you will have to look at the revision on yours).

Here is the CPU support list for the 945PL-A REV 5.0. It lists the E4400 and E4300 with the 061013 bios.

So just double check before you go out and buy a dual core.
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post #3 of 8
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Hmm I see now well This is my Model

Well any ways only Intel Celeron, Intel P4, Intel Pentium D will work
so do you happen to have any advice for me on what i should do,

cause as you saw on my screen i do some gaming on that pc but not a whole lot but you can judge by the games you can see on there..

So what would you suggest i get or do?
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post #4 of 8
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Also Would a Intel Pentium E2160 work?
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Also Would a Intel Pentium E2160 work?
The Pentium E2160 is based on the Allendale core, so no it wouldnt work. The pentium D is the only option you have for dual core. You might want to look into getting a D805, D820, or even the D9x0 series. They are sporadic in price. but the D805 should run about $40 on eBay.

The only other option is a new motherboard and CPU. If you can find the rev 5 board, you can swap it in without having to reinstall. Then get the Allendale E4400.
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post #6 of 8
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Alright thanks,

But how good are the Intel Pentium D?
Would you suggest them to people for a good CPU on a budget?
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Darkshowdo View Post
Alright thanks,

But how good are the Intel Pentium D?
Would you suggest them to people for a good CPU on a budget?

The conroes are much better, but if it isnt an option, go for the Pentium D. It will be a decent improvment over the celeron. So if the price is right, go for it.
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post #8 of 8
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Hmm Alright Well seeing how they don't sell Intel Pentium D's anymore in store,

Ill go searching for a new mobo and a new CPU,

Thanks for the help.
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