I am currently using an older comp and would like to upgrade:
CPU: 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5QL-E Rev 2.xx
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
RAM: 4GB DDR2
Harddrive: 500GB HDD
Sound card / Network Card (LAN): On board
I would like to upgrade it so that it supports at least 8GB, preferably 16GB RAM
I guess the easiest route is to add more RAM to it. However, I find DDR2 RAM are quite expensive,
even more expensive than the DDR3 ones!
Unfortunately, my existing motherboard only supports DDR2 RAMs, so I believe i will need to change my
motherboard so it supports DDR3.
My friend also gave me his DDR3 8 RAM (4 x 2GB), so I believe switching to DDR3 will save me a bit also.
If this makes sense, what motherboard should I go for? Its an older comp, so I dont know if motherboard that
support 2.4GHz Core2Quad still exist?
Any advise will be appreciated.
Jul 28th, 2012 06:09 PM #1
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Please Help! Upgrading advise needed
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Jul 28th, 2012 06:27 PM #2
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Jul 28th, 2012 06:31 PM #3
Core 2 Quad is old. So finding a motherboard with DDR3 support for that CPU is probably going to be very difficult and timely (especially if you're going to buy new).
Might be better to get a new rig ivy or sandy. <-- They are LGA 1155 but your core 2 is lga 775
Also why do you want to add more ram?
That video card is old, so adding more ram to play video games = unlikely to happen
Last edited by george__; Jul 28th, 2012 at 09:12 PM.
Jul 28th, 2012 06:58 PM #4
Thanks for the advise again, george.
Should I just abandon this plan then? It doesnt seem to be time worthy?
Jul 28th, 2012 07:00 PM #5
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Quickest/easiest/largest impact for most users is probably just to add a SSD. 128gb Crucial M4's are a hundred bucks.
Once you've done that, if you're still not satisfied -- then look at the Ivy Bridge stuff as mentioned above. The SSD can be moved to the new hardware with ease.
Jul 28th, 2012 09:00 PM #6
How will SSD help boost the overall performance?
I thought SSD is 'storage' and i dont quite need extra storage. 500GB is enough for me.
My initial response based on my needs is to boost RAM (since I have a 8GB DDR3 RAM sitting here).
However, as george mentioned, it will probably be very hard to find C2D DDR3 mothreboard?
Thanks again. Appreciated.
Jul 28th, 2012 09:10 PM #7
Save the memory for another build, I think adding SSD will improve your performance and it'll be less costly and time consuming. Even though your board only does SATA II, it will be faster than your hard drive.
For your info, LGA 1366 is going to die in 2012. The LGA 775 died in 2011. My post above was wrong, it's LGA 1155 that supports Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.
If you can spend the dough, you might be able to use like the hard drive, case, power supply and ram and buy a new motherboard and CPU. I made a post earlier about my file server going down (it's even older than your computer) and for roughly (~$400) you can build a decent sandy bridge or ivy bridge system. Might be less for you because you don't need ram and a new power supply.
Last edited by george__; Jul 28th, 2012 at 09:17 PM.
Jul 28th, 2012 09:28 PM #8
So whats the file-server all about? isnt it more wise to subscribe to a serve for cloud-storage - like mediafire and stuff?
I, of course, not a techy, thats why i am curious.
Also, what do most people do with their old comp anyways? I mean... look at my existing comp now;
I dont even know what to do if I dont upgrade it. Its not powerful for anything, but at the same time, its not garbage yet. Its stuck in between.
I google'ed about this, and some people claim to use it for proxies etc. Thats a waste to me, since those proxy service/vpn is only $5 per month
Even my electricity bill is gonna cost more than that.
Jul 28th, 2012 09:32 PM #9
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And why are you looking to cram 16gb in there? Any particular reason? With your CPU I can't imagine more RAM would make any sort of difference. Even with rendering for example, I'd take 8gb and a faster CPU instead of 16gb and an ageing CPU. But you haven't mentioned anything about tasks that require that much resources..._______________
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Jul 29th, 2012 01:58 AM #10
There are $45-$55 socket 775 mobos that support DDR3 (max up to 8 GB only...16 GB are hard to find) as follows (you will need a 64 bit OS for 4 GB+ memory support):
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/bios...erboard-g41d3c DDR3-800/1066/1333 (NOTE: Q6600's TDP appears to exceed this mobo's CPU TDP of 95W max)
If this mobo swap is an option, I suggest that you check the memory specifications of the prospective mobo....confirm the DDR3 support! Since most/all of these mobo only have 2 memory sockets, 2x4 GB would be advisable. Also, check the mobo CPU's TDP max! Q6600's TDP is 105W. http://ark.intel.com/products/29765/...-1066-MHz-FSB)
Seems a lot of work/expense for a memory upgrade from 4 to 8 GB?
In terms of pass marks, the Q6600 is a bit faster than a Pentium G860...but slower than an i3-2100.
$55 with free shipping http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=GIGABYTE
This LGA 775 mobo supports 16 GB DDR3...you might have a hard time finding it new:
Last edited by DavidY; Jul 29th, 2012 at 02:33 AM.
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Jul 29th, 2012 03:07 PM #12
Jul 29th, 2012 03:41 PM #13
Don't do it OP...
LooK at This
Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.10GHz gets 3,863
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GH 2,972
Intel Core i3-2125 3.30GHz 435 (avg score)
Intel Core2 Q6600 2.40GHz 366 (avg score)
Last edited by george__; Jul 29th, 2012 at 03:50 PM.
Jul 29th, 2012 03:55 PM #14
You could also put the mobo/CPU/DDR2 RAM for sale....and get a 1155 mobo/CPU/DDR3 RAM. There are some crazy asking prices out there for 775 mobo/CPU.
Jul 29th, 2012 03:56 PM #15
OP could also use it for future server, if he is into that stuff. The chipset isn't too old to get decent support.