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New postPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:41 pm 

I'm looking to upgrade both on my Desktop before converting the OS on it to 7. My laptop has it, and have decided to make both updated.

Right now I have a MSI P6NGM-FIH LGA775 mATX Motherboard MS-7366-030, nForce 630i Chipset, Supports Intel Core2 Quad CPUs, DDR2 800, SATAII, PCI-E, and Windows 7 advisor tells me that is is not the right CPU for the XP Mod.

I am on disAbility, and don't have a whole lot to spend so what advice/model would you advise for an inexpensive MB/CPU (under $200 if possible) that will let me run the XP mode in Professional?

Or is there is a way I could just replace the CPU?


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 Post subject: Re: New Motherboard & CPU
New postPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:27 pm 
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My opinion is that you could upgrade just the CPU

Put an Intel Quad Core in and you'll be fine (it supports this one see here)

How many gigs of ram do you have, if you have a $200 budget, besides the Quad Core, you could upgrade your RAM to 4GB too, if not already installed....



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If you're strapped for cash you could even go for something less expensive than a Core 2 Quad and you would be just fine. My processor is an Intel Pentium Dual-Core (not Core 2 Duo) E6300. It only cost me like $70 or something and has 2.8 GHz, scores really well on the Windows Experience Index and runs XP Mode flawlessly.



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How tight is your budget? Have you checked out tiger direct bare bones kits? They AMD and Intel models and from $199 on up to $3900. Here's the link.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... ebone-Kits



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Amend to Mike's response.....



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Mike wrote:
If you're strapped for cash you could even go for something less expensive than a Core 2 Quad and you would be just fine. My processor is an Intel Pentium Dual-Core (not Core 2 Duo) E6300. It only cost me like $70 or something and has 2.8 GHz, scores really well on the Windows Experience Index and runs XP Mode flawlessly.


Mike,
I think that is the way to go.

Looks like when my Tax refund hits I'm going price shopping.

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Mike, and or anyone else,

I can get both the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E6500, or the 6300 for about $10.00 difference. Do you think that getting the 6500 might be a good choice. And would it be a smarter purchase for looking to the future (software wise)?
I already have 4 gig on board which XP cannot use all but I was preparing for 7 back in April last year.

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Bobbsw wrote:
Mike, and or anyone else,

I can get both the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E6500, or the 6300 for about $10.00 difference. Do you think that getting the 6500 might be a good choice. And would it be a smarter purchase for looking to the future (software wise)?
I already have 4 gig on board which XP cannot use all but I was preparing for 7 back in April last year.

Thanks,
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Regarding, price, put yourself in a comfort zone, if it's good, I'd suggest Mike's response....we give you the info you could use and have, but your the one that got to make the choice that we think it's warranted for you to have, especially on a budget.



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What he said. You do the math. What is the difference between the E6300 and E6500? Find out and then weigh out in your mind if it is worth 10 bucks.

Just another thought about upgrading PC parts - make sure you aren't creating new bottlenecks in your hardware. For example, you could go for a processor with a 1066 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). But does your motherboard have a 800 MHz FSB? Is your RAM only 800 MHz? Try to match all your hardware so you aren't buying more power than you will use. In this case though, the ability to use 64-bit Windows and all of your RAM probably outweighs any bottlenecks you would be creating with a fast FSB.



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Thanks for all the advice. My local "Guru" told me that I might hold off as Microsoft may be releasing a way around the XP mode CPU dependent issue.

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