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I am planning on upgrading an old system with a Pentinium 4 (3,0ghz) dual core to a new cpu coupled with a dedicated gpu+a better psu. $300-$500 is my budget.


--With my system I plan on playing games at 1080p but im fine with 720p if my budget is too low for that resolution.

--I want to spend the least amount of money possible, as I'm honostly planning on getting a new itouch or zune with the $500 I have

--a quad core would be nice because I like running many tasks at once; games, itunes+downloading music, browser+many tabs, sometimes I convert files, and I might be doing some video rendering in the future

--Games I like playing: Starcraft 2, various MMOs, and I would like to play games exclusive to PC gamers as I own consoles already.

--if buying a gpu with DX10 will cut the budget by a lot I will be completely fine with that

Thanks for the help in advance!
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Core 2 duo E8400 = maximum performance for money and massive overclock ability!
 
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Would that do well with the tasks I like to run?
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Will your LGA775 motherboard even accept Core 2 Duo/Quad chips? I'd save some money and get a E6500 instead.

If not, I say forget LGA775 and either raise your budget to go LGA1155 or go AMD for budget.
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Get the specs of your Mobo. Probably not Core 2 compatible.
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I spent a lot of time choosing between a quad and a duo and eventually decided on a Core 2 Duo E8400.

I read a lot of reviews on it and the general conclusion I came to was that quad cores such as the Q8400 are good for high stress tasks such as video encoding and decoding, however, the Core 2 duo for instance is better at running the games around at present (albeit not the high end ones... maybe not crisis).

Also if you think about it the E8400 duo has 6mb L2 cache so that is 3mb per core;
the Quad Q8400 has 4mb L2 cache so that is 1mb per core!

I think you would be very happy with a Core 2 duo instead of a quad core Core 2! (depending on which one you get).

Also if you have good cooling and relatively good mobo (or even a crap one... mine is crap) then you can overclock it to a pretty good level!
 
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post #7 of 14
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Motherboard: I'm not sure what it is specifically called but it has a Intel 945G Express Chipset+ 800mhz data bus speed, hope that helps
Edited by alexaxels - 3/13/11 at 6:37pm
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Originally Posted by GerroffMe View Post
I spent a lot of time choosing between a quad and a duo and eventually decided on a Core 2 Duo E8400.

I read a lot of reviews on it and the general conclusion I came to was that quad cores such as the Q8400 are good for high stress tasks such as video encoding and decoding, however, the Core 2 duo for instance is better at running the games around at present (albeit not the high end ones... maybe not crisis).

Also if you think about it the E8400 duo has 6mb L2 cache so that is 3mb per core;
the Quad Q8400 has 4mb L2 cache so that is 1mb per core!

I think you would be very happy with a Core 2 duo instead of a quad core Core 2! (depending on which one you get).

Also if you have good cooling and relatively good mobo (or even a crap one... mine is crap) then you can overclock it to a pretty good level!
Actually, Crysis is only able to utilize two threads. So it won't matter if you have a Quad Core or a Dual Core running that game.

And I really can't say go with LGA 775 as it is an outdated platform. I personally recommend buying a new GPU/PSU or Motherboard/CPU/Ram first then getting the rest later. You're going to be upgrading from that E8400 again quicker than you'd like to. Newer games aren't so friendly to Dual Core CPUs.
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Looks like you're stuck with 65nm C2D chips. Best chip would be the older 65nm E6700 2.66GHz. Would probably be better to upgrade platforms.
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Alrighty, I just made a list of what I could buy, tell me your thoughts--or should I just go with a budget AMD build?

-E8400 $169
-HIS 4670 $65
-Cooler Master 460w psu
-MSI G41M-P25 LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX mobo $42

$312 total

I was thinking going am3 and later upgrading with a bulldozer quad to replace-if I go AMD
Edited by alexaxels - 3/13/11 at 7:02pm
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