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Replace Core2Quad

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#1 aod_


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:41 AM

I’m thinking of donating my PC to my dad, and building myself a new one, but I’m a bit out of touch with current tech and need some help.

My current system was a bit of beast when I built it in mid 2008, and it’s still going strong:


  • P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Black Pearl Special Edition
  • Intel Core2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz
  • 4GB Corsair DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM
  • Inno3D GeForce 7600GST 128MB

…All in a Coolermaster Centurion 5 with eXtreme Power Plus 550w PSU

It seems the motherboard is quite specialist and very good for overclocking, although everything is stock and always has been. At the time I was contemplating some overclocking and upgrading, but it never happened as it’s never felt slow.

The replacement doesn’t need to be much more powerful than this, but I am on a smaller budget – less than £200 would be ideal, but can stretch to a bit more if necessary. I’m looking for a motherboard, CPU and RAM, assuming the PSU is good enough.  The gfx doesn’t matter, I’ll reuse it, unless the on-board is better. I'm not that bothered about a super dooper overclokable motherboard, but some nice features would be good for the future...

If I get something, I’ll be transferring the old motherboard to an mATX case (although will have to check if the MB is mATX!)

I’d like something around:

  • Decent motherboard, if possible as good as my Asus, but I expect the modern equivalent would be expensive.
  • Core2Quad or better (would prefer i5 over i3)
  • 4GB RAM

Alternatively, if you can spec a low end set of components within the budget (Dual core CPU, 2GB RAM and a half decent mATX MB), to replace my Dads P4 3.4 (Prescott), then I might consider that instead.


I’ve just upgraded it to Windows 7 and the chipset is very out of date with no drivers… Hence, this thread!




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#2 jonuk76


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:13 AM

Thing is I think what you have will hold it's own against current lower end technology, so there's a danger it could end up being more of a sideways move than a significant upgrade.  An i5 processor alone starts in the £130-140 region, and you won't be able to get a motherboard and memory on top of that with your budget.


The current Haswell based i3's will outperform the Core 2 Quad in most things (especially single threaded applications).  Integrated Intel HD4600 video will easily outperform your old 7600GS or GT card, so you can donate that too if you want.  Alternatively there's the AMD A-series APU's, which although they can't compete with Intel's current range on a clock for clock basis, or performance per watt, offer excellent value and in the higher models have more powerful onboard graphics than the Intel equivalent.


Couple of example part lists (based on 4Gb RAM as requested, but I'd add another 4Gb if possible).


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Cdp6 - AMD A10-5800K based (be aware that's a big cooler I selected, so consider a different one if using a small case!)

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Cdy2 - Intel Core i3-4330 based (low wattage, should be OK on stock cooler)


Some CPU benchmarks:


AMD A10-5800K

Intel Core i3-4330

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700


GPU Benchmarks


AMD HD7660D (integrated on A10-5800K)

Intel HD4600 (integrated on Core i3-4330)

Geforce 7600GS


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