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bodug60

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#1 8 years ago

I have a very good and stable system now, running Win Xp SP3 32bit. My current 3DMark benchmarks are: 3DMark03 = 33330 3DMark06 = 6548 Current System complete history and specs: http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=3751379#post3751379 I don’t OverClock my system cuz I don’t know much about it, and I’m not really interested in getting that deep, or generating that much heat. Swapping computer parts is something I am able to do. I may have an opportunity to get a new motherboard for X-Mas – in the $150 range. I am thinking of the ASRock P55 EXTREME4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 for $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157206&cm_re=asrock-_-13-157-206-_-Product If I get that board, it means that I need a new CPU and memory. Also a 64 bit version of Win XP or Win 7. For this Mobo, I can afford the Intel Core i7 870 CPU for about $290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213 I can also afford about 8 GB of DDR3 1333 memory = $260: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001BHECHI/ref=asc_df_B001BHECHI1290706?smid=A2YLYLTN75J8LR&tag=shopzilla_mp_1376-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B001BHECHI Hardware List:[INDENT]Mobo = $150 CPU=$290 *8 Gb Mem = $260

Total Hardware = $700

Win 7 64 bit = $180 [/INDENT] So, here is the question: In essence I want to go from a Win XP - 32 bit - Intel Duo Core EE 3.46 Ghz CPU, to a Win 7 - 64 bit Intel Quad Core i7 2.93 Ghz CPU. How much of a speed increase should I expect, and is that really worth $900? .




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#2 8 years ago

For your CPU upgrade, unless you really need Hyper-Threading (hint: you don't), I'd go with a Core i5, particularly the 760.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

Also, for memory, get this. 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz for $190:

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH

It's hard to objectively measure "how much of a speed increase" you'll get with this; it's largely dependent on what you're doing. Some things will benefit more than others, but it's definitely safe to say you'll see a significant improvement in a lot of things.

Also, if you're a college student (or have a friend who is), you can get Windows 7 Home Premium for under $70:

Microsoft Student - Windows 7

Assuming you keep that motherboard, that comes to

$150 (motherboard) +$210 (CPU) +$190 (memory) +$70 (OS) $620 total




Mr. Pedantic

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#3 8 years ago

Why DDR3-1600? He's not overclocking, and those are a big premium over the CAS9 1333 DIMMs, or even the 1066 ones.




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#4 8 years ago
How much of a speed increase should I expect, and is that really worth $900?

Well, that depends, what are your specs now?

I can also afford about 8 GB of DDR3 1333 memory = $260:

You don't need 8GB. Go with a good 4GB kit and put that money to better use.

Why DDR3-1600? He's not overclocking, and those are a big premium over the CAS9 1333 DIMMs, or even the 1066 ones.

He doesn't have to be overclocking to use 1600Mhz ram. All you need to do is set the ram multi to 12 in the BIOS if the board supports it. My UD6 does at least, so i would assume most higher end P55 board do as well.




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#5 8 years ago

Speed increase with be like night and day.

I'd suggest getting a better motherboard if you come under-budget a bit. Or getting a new power supply and video card. Those "fatality" power supplies aren't exactly the best made in the world. And if you're gaming a new card would help tons more than a new cpu (not that it wont help a bunch over what you currently use)




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#6 8 years ago

No i5, I said from day one, X58 chipset or keep XP until then.




bodug60

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#7 8 years ago

Thanx so much for all the feedback. Now I am recalculating and will adjust my spec.




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#8 8 years ago

Great work.Keep it up.Thanks.