1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Need help choosing CPU

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Autiem Sel, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Autiem Sel

    Autiem Sel New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    23 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Can anyone help me in choosing the right CPU for my ASRock 775vm800 motherboard?

    I'm wondering if the 'Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 "LGA775 Allendale" 2.20GHz (800FSB)' is good choice. The spec for the mobo says it's dual-core, socket 775, 800fsb so I'm assuming this cpu will be compatible, but not sure. Would it be pointless getting a cpu with its fsb speed above 800 as that is the limit of my mobo?

    Can anyone recommend the best cpu that will run with my motherboard?
  2. v-zero Guest

    That mobo doesn't support the Core2 series. The best you can have on that is a Pentium D of some sort (e.g. 3.6ghz).
  3. erocker

    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Messages:
    39,493 (13.54/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,908
    The easiest thing to do would be to look on thier website to see if Core2's are supported.


    Let me check....


    According to thier site, the answer is no. Core 2's are not supported.
  4. Autiem Sel

    Autiem Sel New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    23 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    I'm a beginner, I really don't know where to start looking for info, so I thought I'd post here. Would it be worth upgrading from my P4 3ghz to say a Pentium D 3.4ghz? Or go with a whole new mobo/cpu?
  5. Kursah

    Kursah

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    Messages:
    7,595 (2.68/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,567
    Location:
    Missoula, MT, USA
    Well decide what you want to get out of it, to you want hi stock clocks, or do you want to OC to get there, spend a little more on cooling and save on the CPU cost?

    I'd say start with Google, find out more about what you have, what you want to replace it with, what it's capable, and if it fits your needs and your wallet. If you're new, then you have a lot to read, research and learning are huge when it comes to this stuff. We can recommend different CPU's for various reasons, but it comes down to you making the decision and paying the money, so you should know and understand why you are making that purchase and what the benefits and consequences are.

    You may decide to get a different setup completely, that's what I ended up doing, I made a budget of between $800-900 when at first all I wanted was a CPU upgrade. And with prices now, you can build a very decent PC with a budget like that, which will treat you quite well!

    :toast:
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  6. hat

    hat Maximum Overclocker

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    16,869 (6.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,060
    Location:
    Ohio
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  7. AthlonX2

    AthlonX2 HyperVtX™

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    7,135 (2.51/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,642
    go with a nice Pentium D 915
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  8. DrunkenMafia

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2007
    Messages:
    2,276 (0.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    232
    Location:
    Cairns QLD, Aussie
    nah... the pentium D's sucked mate... if I were you I would go for a C2d and new mb. It won't cost all that much more... E4400 - ~$120 and a decent mb - ~$90.

    Much better option imo.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  9. niko084

    niko084

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Messages:
    7,636 (2.75/day)
    Thanks Received:
    729
    Well if you don't mind replacing ram/video card/processor and mainboard then a new mobo would be the way to go by far and an e4400 is a great chip for a great price!

    But if you don't want to burn that kinda money a Intel 915 D would be a good choice they are a lot faster than even HT P4's..

    In fact if you want I have a 915 D I might be interested in selling also.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  10. Sovereign

    Sovereign New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    797 (0.29/day)
    Thanks Received:
    65
    Location:
    Midwest USA
    I recently built a Pentium D 925 system for a client that featured XP PRO 64 and 4GB of PNY DDR2 667 memory. It definitely was not a bad system for the money so I would agree with others saying and just get yourself a decent Pentium D chip for your current system.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  11. hat

    hat Maximum Overclocker

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    16,869 (6.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,060
    Location:
    Ohio
    The Pentium D I posted is pretty good but it doesn't come with a heatsink, but he has an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7... it's just cheaper and easier to go with the PD.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  12. mullered07

    mullered07 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2007
    Messages:
    2,648 (0.97/day)
    Thanks Received:
    204
    Location:
    UK
    if you can stretch to it another option would be the asrock dual-vsta board it has agp+pcie and ddr + ddr2 (main reason these boards are quite popular) so you could keep your existing ram and agp card while going c2d :toast:
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  13. Autiem Sel

    Autiem Sel New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    23 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Thanks all for your help! :toast:
    While tempting, the C2D + 775Dual-VSTA (and new case) is beyond what I can afford, so I'll opt for the far simpler solution and get myself a Pentium D. I found a 925 for £55 ($110) and a 940 for £85 ($170) which I could stretch to, but could the 925 be overclocked beyond the 940's speed with decent cooling? I have an Arctic Freezer 7 and a Noctua NF-S12 1200RPM 120mm case fan.
  14. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,177 (3.35/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,397
    the d930 i had used to go up to 4ghz easy,4.4ghz was the max.it ran hot but was a decent chip at the time.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  15. niko084

    niko084

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Messages:
    7,636 (2.75/day)
    Thanks Received:
    729
    Get the 925, the 940 just has virtualization over the 925 and a little more clock speed, in reality its barely any faster, and really not worth the extra cash.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  16. Autiem Sel

    Autiem Sel New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    23 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    On second thought, I could get a ASRock 775Dual-VSTA and Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 for £110 which seems worth that bit extra. Reading up on the C2D has whet my appetite. My current mobo supports ddr400 if 1gb is used, but only ddr333 if 2gb is used, which always bugged me (I have 2x 1gb ddr400), also having a pci-e slot, faster fsb and memory slots would be good for future upgrades.
    :roll:
  17. niko084

    niko084

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Messages:
    7,636 (2.75/day)
    Thanks Received:
    729
    Could work, but honestly I don't know if I would go for a board like that... Especially being you are going to take a dive in ram performance right off the bat.
    Autiem Sel says thanks.
  18. Autiem Sel

    Autiem Sel New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    23 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Is the dive in ram performance the only reason against getting this board?
    Wouldn't you recommend it?
    I like the sound of a Core 2 Duo + 2gb ddr400 more than a Pentium D + 2gb ddr333 :)

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page