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cyangamer

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Hi, I'm going to upgrade/possibly rebuild my computer system that I bought in 2004. I want to know if the Intel Dual-Core Processor (Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W) will work with my motherboard or if it's too old and I have to buy a new one. It's a Xenon motherboard (exact specs are here), and the motherboard works perfectly now (it's just really dusty >_<).

I also want to get a Rosewill heatsink to put into it, and add more RAM (I have 1 gig, I want to buy two 2-gig RAM sticks to put in there).
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It says on your xenon mobo specs that it supports the Pentium 4 and Celeron family processors, sorry, core 2 duo is not supported.
"Processor Family P4 and Celeron (Willamette, Northwood)"
you'll have to buy a newer motherboard if you want to run a core 2 duo.



If you look at the dual-core specs you listed: "Intel Dual-Core Processor (Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W)"
''LGA 775'' is the socket type needed on the motherboard; Your current motherboard is ''mPGA 478''

If you're interested in buying a new motherboard, I'll be happy to help.
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It says on your xenon mobo specs that it supports the Pentium 4 and Celeron family processors, sorry, core 2 duo is not supported.
"Processor Family P4 and Celeron (Willamette, Northwood)"
you'll have to buy a newer motherboard if you want to run a core 2 duo.



If you look at the dual-core specs you listed: "Intel Dual-Core Processor (Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W)"
''LGA 775'' is the socket type needed on the motherboard; Your current motherboard is ''mPGA 478''

If you're interested in buying a new motherboard, I'll be happy to help.
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Yes, it looks like I'll have to replace it. If you could point me in the right direction for mobo buying I'd appreciate it. I need one that will work with the Core 2 Duo and NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT at the very least.
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Hi, what's your budget for the upgrades?

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You can pickup a Core 2 Duo mobo for fairly cheap these days especially with the new intel CPU hitting the market. I'd advise checking out http://www.newegg.com. Once there under the Categories pull up motherboard. Once at the motherboards you can select your requires on the left panel, such as how many PCI-E slots your want, which processor support, and etc.

You'll be able to find a mobo there from $50 to over $200. I'd always recommended going with a name brand such as Asus.

Hope this helps.
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Also I forgot to mention. An Intel Dual Core is not the same as a Core 2 Duo. The Intel Dual-Core is quite a bit slower than the Core 2 Duo and with the prices where they are I wouldn't recommended getting anything less than a Core 2 Duo.

For a small amount more you'd receive quite a bit better performance with this processor.

Edited by Untalented, 20 May 2009 - 07:37 AM.

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An Intel Dual Core is any dual core processor made by Intel. The Core 2 Duo is one example of this. Another one that comes to mind is the Pentium Dual Core.
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An Intel Dual Core is any dual core processor made by Intel. The Core 2 Duo is one example of this. Another one that comes to mind is the Pentium Dual Core.


The processor he described at the start of the thread was not a Core 2 Duo. A Core 2 Duo and the Intel Dual Core Processor both have "Dual Cores", but are not the same.

I only stated this because his original post was asking if his mobo supported this and then in a later post was talking about a Core 2 Duo mobo. While any Core 2 Duo mobo should support the processor he originally posted, any older motherboard which supports that processor may not support a Core 2 Duo.

Above all the technology of the Core 2 Duo is far superior which is why I recommended the upgrade for the small price difference.
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Oh and yes sorry many times that I mentioned Intel Dual Core I probably should have said "Pentium Dual Core." Lol sorry about that. Intel Dual Core like you said can mean a number of processors Intel provides with multiple cores. The processor he mentioned was a Pentium Dual Core, which is the specific type I was talking about.

Anyways just trying to help.
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Thanks for the help! I know about Newegg, and I did some browsing. I even came across that CPU you linked to, Untalented, but it's nearly twice as much as the other Dual-Core. =/

My budget is around $300, but I'm willing to go a little bit higher if I find a good deal or if there's rebates. Also, I want to get a $250 order with Newegg so I can do the BillMeLater promotion.

I will look around, thanks again. :)

Edited by cyangamer, 20 May 2009 - 12:58 PM.

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Sure thing. You should be able to get the CPU I recommended, Motherboard, and RAM for $300 honestly. If you need any help or have anymore questions though just let me know.
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