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Which motherboard and processor should i choose?

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#1 smarty3010


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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:44 AM

I want to upgrade my system.
My system details are:-

Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model : P4VP-MX

Processor: Intel® Celeron® CPU 2.00GHz

RAM: 512MB (DDR)

I want some advice/suggestions to choose a motherboard and processor.

My price range is around Rs. 10,000 ~ $220 (including motherboard and processor)

My initial thoughts are to go for
Core 2 duo OR i3 (both are around Rs. 6000 ~ $133)

But there are many options available for a single processor like:-
Intel Core 2 duo E8400 / E7600 .......
All of them having different prices and different parameters.

Please elaborate on terms like GHz,FSB,cache,cores,threads and which is more important.

Also which motherboard is best suited and how much RAM should i get?

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:12 AM

How to decide if a Motherboard Upgrade is Cost Effective

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:28 AM

Depending on what you use it for a decent quad core from AMD and motherboard will cost more than your budget. That does not include the memory you will have to get as well. Keep in mind your existing board is a micro ATX so if there isn't room for a larger board in your case your stuck with that form factor. My suggestion is to save your dough until you can dedicate $500 to the rebuild so you can get a motherboard, proccessor, memory, hard drive, and power supply(yours might not have all of the plugs required for the new board) at a minimum. Add on however much you need for a video card as well if your a gamer.If not save your money and get a board with on board video.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:50 AM

I am going to simplify what got said in the second post.

Point 1: You have a proprietary computer and so the motherboard and case were designed to fit each other, you also have a cheap Power Supply
Point 2: In order to get a general aftermarket (ATX or any derivation) motherboard that fits properly, you are going to need a case because it won't fit in yours
Point 3: Your power supply may not have the required connectors to power the new hardware. You will need at least a 24-pin motherboard connector (many old PC's have 20-pin) and an additional 4-pin (Square not rectangular) connector. Because your power supply was selected to fit your current hardware by the manufacturer, it most likely does not have these.
Point 4: Memory is going to change, no matter what you are going to want to upgrade to a new memory spec and your old memory won't be transferable.

Ok now that we have outlined what we can and can't do, here is what you are going to need to buy and what you can salvage.


Power Supply

CD/DVD Drives
Floppy Drives
Hard Drives
PCI Cards that fit spec on the new motherboard (If you have an AGP card there may not be a slot for it.)
External Hardware

With your price range I would recommend looking at AMD Dual-Core Processors, they are going to be lower in price than Intel. For $220 on JUST the Processor and Motherboard you can get a more than decent setup for basic computing, but it may not get you into the gaming specs if that is what you want. If you don't play games then don't worry about a Graphics Card, however make sure the motherboard lists a video connector and a graphics chipset. Where you are going to get shocked on price is the Memory, 2GB of DDR2 (the least I would recommend for anyone running Windows) runs about $50 for a decent brand. Besides that you can probably get the case and the power supply for less than your memory cost.

For a build budgeting $220 for CPU/Mobo I would then say $350 is a decent price to shoot for by the time your system is done... Except for the OS but that's another discussion.
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