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emospiderman



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Looking for help on a new processor plz Reply with quote

Hi i am new to all this so sorry if this is all wrong. I am wanting to get a better processor i would love to go to a quad core but i have no idea on how to tell if its compatable to my PC can anyone help or link a good new processor please.
Here is the specs to my comp:

Case: Galaxy3 ATX Case with 450w PSU 4 Bay with Front Audio and USB
Dimensions: Length - 480mm, Width - 200mm, Height - 410mm
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6ghz 800Mhz 2mb Cache SKT775
Processor Interface : SKT 775
CPU Cooler : Intel Retail Boxed
Memory: Major Brand 4gb DDR2 800 PC6400 CL6.0 Memory Module
Hard Drive: Branded 500gb Sata 7200rpm 16mb Cache HDD
Graphics Card: Nvidia 9500GT 1024mb DDR2 Graphics Card VGA DVI HDMI
Motherboard: Asrock G31M-GS 1333fsb Intel G31 Chipset S/V/L M-ATX SKT775
Max Memory Support: 8gb DDR2 800
Motherboard Expansion Slots: 1x PCI-E 16x, 1x PCI-E 1x, 2x 32-bit PCI
Network Card: 10/100/1000 Realtek RTL8111DL
Audio: 5.1 CH Windows Vista Premium Level HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
Optical Drive: 20x Lightscribe DVD Writer with Buffer Underrun Protection
Power Supply: Branded 450w 24Pin Power Supply Unit
Special Features:
Case gives good air flow to the components.
We use only quality branded products.
All systems come with all the driver CD's.
Unique Chassis design

Hope this helps and thanks for your time
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JonS



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

all motherboard manufacturers issue CPU compatibility lists for their boards
The one for your board is at http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=G31M-GS
That will tell you what will work, and which BIOS revision you need. I fyou need to update the BIOS, do it BEFORE you fit the new CPU

As to which one you get, that will depend on the price at the time - and what you can get. Socket 775 CPUs are rapidly going out of fashion and the choice is limited. Most people going the quad-core route will use a newer socket design. For instance, Scan now only have three 4-core socket 775 chips in stock
http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-Hardware/All/CPUs-Intel/Intel-Core2-Quad-%2845nm-Yorkfield%29-Socket-775-771
You may find others stocked elsewhere


PS - you'll also need a new CPU cooler (best to get a CPU and cooler retail boxed matched set) and that PSU does not look powerful enough
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emospiderman



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks that was really helpful just wondering do you have any ideas on what cooler i would need for this processor: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-2-quad-q8300-yorkfield-core-s775-250ghz-1333mhz-4mb-cache-75x-core-ratio-retail

also nay idea on what kinda power i would need for the PSU ? and could i buy just any PSU?

I am sorry for what might seem silly question but i really have no idea. Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All Intel "retail packed" CPUs come with a fan optimised for the CPU.
That one is retail packed. You don't need to buy a fan: theres one in the box.

CPUs without a fan are usually branded as "OEM" or "tray packed"

As for the PSU, I'd guess you'd need one around 600-700W. That graphics card probably draws a fair bit, and with a 4-core CPU then there will be a high power demand
Any PSU in the right range will do - just make sure it has the correct power connectors for your motherboard / graphics card / drives. If you look at the specs for those on the Scan site, you'll find these listed
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