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CPU Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by imperator, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. imperator

    imperator Thread Starter

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    Hey,

    Currently I am using Dual Core E5500. I am about to buy a new CPU, but I need help to decide.

    I`ll buy either Q8x00 or E8x00 (or maybe Q6x00). Which of these would be better for general Win 7 computing, app loading time, boot time etc. I don`t need a CPU that is better in gaming, since I don`t play games.

    Thank you in advance...
     
  2. win2kpro

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    The first thing you should do is check the motherboard specs for supported CPU's to see exactly what CPU's your motherboard supports.
     
  3. FijiJohn

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    If you are not playing games but want fast boot times, and quick app loading, get an SSD. Much faster. As for general office use, I never saw anyone who could type faster than Word 95 could go on a 486. :)
     
  4. imperator

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    My motherboard supports almost all LGA775 CPUs. So, I need to choose between Q6x00, Q8x00 and Q8x00 (all of them are supported my my motherboard).

    Here is my mobo CPU support list:

    http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3485

    @FijiJohn, I know that an SSD would help a lot, but the rest of my system configuration wouldn`t be able to keep up :)
     
  5. FijiJohn

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    So you don't want to finish booting in under 45 seconds, see apps launch in under 3 seconds? OK. :) :) :) (But it does not affect gaming performance.) To me, the CPU choice begins with an inventory of what I wil be doing, which apps, and what CPU factors affect those apps. For example, video encoding like a big L2 cache and multiple cores. Lot of other apps make less use of multiple cores or L2 cache. T'ain't no "one best CPU."
     
  6. imperator

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    According to your answer, I would get Core 2 Duo E8400 with 2 cores and 6MB of L2 cache as would be sufficient for everything I need.
     
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