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I want to upgrade my CPU and I think I will have to upgrade my mobo too if I upgrade my CPU. I haven't really got a clue wheb it comes to CPU's and mobo's but what I do know is I want a Intel processer and I hear good things about intel Core 2 Duo and E6600.

Any advice would be great and here some screen shot specs of my motherboard and cpu, if any help.

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You will need a new board, that one does not support any Core 2 Duo processor.

Under XP and Vista you cannot just dump a new motherboard in and expect it to work; Windows is tied to the board you have now. Under XP you could perform a Windows Repair, but this is not an option under Vista and the only real option is a new installation.
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When you say "new installation" do you mean just reinstall Vista ? I don't have a problem with wiping my PC and doing a clean reinstall. I have Vista basic 32 bit and I was wondering if I buy this mobo and this CPU will I need to upgrade my OS to 64 bit or can I just use my original vista basic CD ?


Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0Ghz) AM2

http://www.maplin.co...ModuleNo=226991

What do you think of the cpu and the board ? are they compatable and will this be a big upgrade concidering I have a pentium D 820 at the moment... Aslo I'm right to say that all my existing hardware i.e GPU, sound card, PSU etc will be compatable with a AMD mobo apart form the RAM maybe.. ???
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Two things:

1) You can use 64-bit if you wish but 32-bit will be fine.
2) Maplin is painfully expensive but you've only linked to a motherboard, not a processor. You can get better elsewhere, that board may be totally overkill.

What do you want to do with the computer? How much do you want to spend?
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Two things:

1) You can use 64-bit if you wish but 32-bit will be fine.


Ok cool

2) Maplin is painfully expensive but you've only linked to a motherboard, not a processor. You can get better elsewhere, that board may be totally overkill.


Yeah I know Maplins is expensive but I have a few stores near me and is the only shop I know of that sell compter parts. I will probably buy of the internet this time though as the cpu's are ALOT cheaper online and the mobo will be aswell I imagine. Amazon are well known and looks quite cheap, heres the link I missed of before

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B000MNA07I

What do you mean by overkill ? I know I will need a AM2 mobo for a AMD dual core but from what I have read that's as much as I know. Would one of the cheaper ones on the list be better and less overkill or could you recommend one ? http://www.maplin.co...px?menuno=12114


What do you want to do with the computer? How much do you want to spend?


I will be using my computer for gaming, watching films, surfing the web, I won't be running and demanding applications and the hardest work it will be doing is gaming really with games such as C&C3, red alert 3, COD4 etc

My budget will be about £150-£200 for a cpu and motherboard.

Oh I forgot to say, the reason I want to upgrade is because I recently upgraded my GPU from a x1650pro to a 9800 GT and I think my low spec budget PentiumD 820 bottlenecks so I want to upgrade to a more powerfull CPU. I ran 3DMark and when it came to the CPU test i was getting 0 fps :)

Edited by peyote, 14 April 2009 - 04:32 PM.

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You need a new board, memory and processor. You may need to replace the hard drive if you have more than two CD units as well.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/15018 - Core 2 Duo E7300 £106.76 (Intel processor with heatsink)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152175 - GA-EP43-S3L MB - £64.99 (Socket 775 motherboard for
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129954 - Memory - 2Gb Kit - £18.99

Total £190.74.

Edited by Neil Jones, 14 April 2009 - 04:57 PM.

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You need a new board, memory and processor. You may need to replace the hard drive if you have more than two CD units as well.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/15018 - Core 2 Duo E7300 £106.76 (Intel processor with heatsink)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152175 - GA-EP43-S3L MB - £64.99 (Socket 775 motherboard for
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129954 - Memory - 2Gb Kit - £18.99

Total £190.74.


Thank you ! Looks good and I think I'll go with that. Didn't realise ebuyer is based in the UK. Thanks again.
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You need a new board, memory and processor. You may need to replace the hard drive if you have more than two CD units as well.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/15018 - Core 2 Duo E7300 £106.76 (Intel processor with heatsink)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152175 - GA-EP43-S3L MB - £64.99 (Socket 775 motherboard for
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129954 - Memory - 2Gb Kit - £18.99

Total £190.74.


Can you tell me if this board will be ok and what the difference is between the one you recommened and this one ? :)

I have seen this board advertised in my local paper PRE-OWNED with NO CABLES, DRIVERS OR MANUALS but it works perfect (so im told). I know with GPUs cables drivers and manuals aren't needed as drivers can be downloaded from the internet and the cables are mostly not need 99% of the the time.

ASUS P5N-E SLI =£45 <<< any good ?

Many thanks for your help :)
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