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Upgrading My CPU


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Hello
I currently use a Intel Quad Cord 6600 cpu on my Asus p5n-d mobo.
I'm looking at upgrading to a Intel core 2 Quad Q9650 cpu.
I already know that the socket type is the same as the 6600 cpu.

What I'm asking is what may be some issues that I should be aware of
and if the Q9650 is compatible with the Asus P5n-D mobo?

Thank you.
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http://www.tomshardw...ew-31791-7.html

The Q9650 is two tiers above your current 6600, which on the spec of that table suggest a two-tier jump probably isn't worth it.
Your board will support it but you will probably need to update the BIOS on it before you install it otherwise a lot of ASUS boards just don't do anything if they see a processor they don't recognise.

If you want better performance in gaming its has been proven that a new graphics card is probably a better investment.

Edited by Neil Jones, 21 January 2010 - 04:25 PM.

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Hello
Thank you for your reply.
I'm not really sure what you mean by a two-tier jump not being worth it.

Since the system that I am upgrading is/was built only for Microsoft FSX,
it has always been my understanding (based on many forums devoted to FSX)
that FSX is primarly cpu dependent. I do have 8gigs of ram as well as a
BFG 8800gtx 512mb oc gpu.

I do understand what you mean by the bios needing to be updated, as I also
understand the cmos as well. Since I'm taking this to a shop I trust, I have
no doubt all will be taken care of.

Again, thank you for taking the time to reply.

Regards
Ernest :)
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