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Old July 10, 2009, 08:47 AM
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Hi everyone. I'm here from dealing with those trolls on NCIX.

I'm looking for a text answer for a friend who's looking to upgrade his processor and maybe motherboard.

He has an ASRock motherboard. It's LGA775, uses the i865 chipset I think. Anyway's it uses DDR for memory. He has a Pentium D 915 (2.8GHz) and 1GB of DDR-166. I'm going to give him my old E4500 and P5K when it's back from ASUS. I just want to know two things:

1) Will an upgrade to E4500 from Pentium D 915 be a significant upgrade?
2) Will an upgrade to E4500 with 2GB of DDR2-800 be a significant upgrade from a Pentium D 915 with 1GB DDR-166?


Thank you all very much in advanced!
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Could you post the exact model of the motherboard? I dont think the e-series is supported on a motherboard that old...
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Took me a second to find it. Yeah it's an ASRock 775i65G.
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Took me a second to find it. Yeah it's an ASRock 775i65G.
Ha! I stand corrected, core 2 duos supported with DDR. awsome.

Then to answer your questions:
1) Yes, there will be a noticeable improvement in performance. Especially If you can overclock it (even if it's only a little bit using the stock cooler).
2) Also yes, more RAM is a good thing, and 1gig of ram can barely cut it for XP IMHO. 2Gigs should be the minimum for all current systems.

But how will you put DDR2 into a DDR board? OR are you planning on changing his motherboard as well...
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But how will you put DDR2 into a DDR board? OR are you planning on changing his motherboard as well...
Yeah lol I mean the DDR from the ASRock board and DDR2 for the P5K.

So a better question, will the overall performance of the new rig (E4500/P35/DDR2-800) be more than the (PD915/865g/DDR-166)?

(my friend just needs this last one)

Lets say he can play CSS at 40fps with his setup, what would you guesstimate his fps to be with the new system?
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FPS is a tricky one to say for certain without knowing more. In one case, a Cpu/ram upgrade will allow data to go back and forth more quickly, if his video card is "starving" for information right now (I.E. Your CPU is bottlenecking your Graphics Card). On the other hand, if he has an older videocard or something on the low-end, a CPU/Ram upgrade won't help much. What is his videocard?
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BFG 8600GT OC (also what I gave him)

CSS is mostly CPU dependant...
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Yeah lol I mean the DDR from the ASRock board and DDR2 for the P5K.

So a better question, will the overall performance of the new rig (E4500/P35/DDR2-800) be more than the (PD915/865g/DDR-166)?

(my friend just needs this last one)

Lets say he can play CSS at 40fps with his setup, what would you guesstimate his fps to be with the new system?
Yes, it will be noticeably faster... but not magnitudes faster. My Pentium D915 is pretty fast, but the E4500 can be overclocked too.

This is on air, too.







There will be a huge difference in gaming, and the power-consumption will drop noticeably,
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BFG 8600GT OC (also what I gave him)

CSS is mostly CPU dependant...

The CPU should help him churn out another 20-30 fps at least then I'd say. Eve more if he uses the "multicore rendering" option (is it enabled in CSS now? i forgot to check).
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Great guys thanks!

I finally have my answer :)

It only took me -3 days 10 hours to get it! :D
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