6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 26, 2010 3:42 PM by amadeok

    Need help to upgrade my processor

    amadeok

      Hi everyone!

       

      I was wondering what is the best intel processor I can use on my computer. This is my motherboard:

       

      Asus P5QD Turbo  (2 PCI, 3  PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)

       

      thanks!

        • 1. Re: Need help to upgrade my processor
          Aryan2411

          Hello,

           

          Here are the list of supported CPUs for your motherboard:

           

          Since PCB
          Since BIOS

           

          This can be checked from the link below:

          http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

           

          Use Intel Site http://ark.intel.com to compare the CPU features and based on that you can opt for the most appropriate CPU.

           

          All the best,

           

          Kind Regards,
          Aryan.

          • 2. Re: Need help to upgrade my processor
            amadeok

            I use the computer to play games, will you tell me wich is the best for me?

             

            thanks a lot!

            • 3. Re: Need help to upgrade my processor
              RJL190365

              You can use up to a Q9650 with that desktop board. But whether you want to potentially spend as much money as or more money than a complete i5/i7 processor/desktop board/memory upgrade (overhaul) just to get the maximum performance for your older platform is up to you.

              • 4. Re: Need help to upgrade my processor
                amadeok

                I have a little problem, this is the computer i bought two months ago:


                DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 3166 MHz
                Asus P5QD Turbo (2 PCI, 3 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2  DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)

                4 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (6-6-6-18 @ 400 MHz) (5-5-5-15 @ 333  MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz)
                NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 (512 MB)

                 

                I can't just change it all again, it's too expensive! I think I'm going to buy a quad core.. or maybe a new video card.. but I think that the processor is more important.. thanks you very much!

                • 5. Re: Need help to upgrade my processor
                  RJL190365

                  If you're "upgrading" only for gaming, then don't get a quad-core: The processor by itself would very likely be way too expensive for whatever performance improvement it delivers; in fact, the quad-cores would actually be a downgrade from your current E8500 on games which cannot make use of more than two cores simply because they run at a slower clock speed than your E8500 (even the fastest non-Extreme Core 2 Quad, the Q9650, runs at only 3000 MHz versus the 3167 MHz clock speed of your E8500 - and the Q9650 by itself is way too expensive at current street prices, considering that you can buy an entire new i5-750 platform for a little bit more). Instead, concentrate on getting a better graphics card (the GTS 250 is old by current standards, having been first introduced as the 8800GT 512MB, which uses the exact same GPU as the GTS 250 but with slightly lower clock speeds, two and a half years ago).

                   

                  On the other hand, if you're into video editing/encoding, then a quad-core might improve performance.

                  • 6. Re: Need help to upgrade my processor
                    amadeok

                    I understand, I won't take a quad core, I'll take a new grafic card.

                     

                    Should I buy an another GTS 250, and use both the cards with SLI technology, or buy a new one?