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#648725 - 8th Jan 2012 7:41pm CPU upgrade advice
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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 pc which has an Intel core2 duo cpu E45000@2.2GHz - any suggestions for a "reasonably priced" upgrade and approx cost please

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#648739 - 8th Jan 2012 7:51pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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aint got a clue,, in middle of first ever build myself,, asus sabertooth 990fx motherboard with amd fx 8120 8 core cpu and 8gig corsair vengeance 1600 ram,, either gonna be a decent pc or an expensive mistake lol

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#648761 - 8th Jan 2012 8:32pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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Hi Buddy

Its not just as simple as upgrading the CPU I'm afraid.

If you plan on upgrading then it will have to be the CPU, motherboard and memory and even possibly the power supply....

It all depends on What you intend to use the pc for? Internet / Gaming?

If its just for internet / word / excel etc then you dont need anything too powerful and you may find just a memory upgrade will speed things up for you along with a slight OC on your cpu....

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#648787 - 8th Jan 2012 9:01pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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Thanks for the info ASE71

Currently have windows7 32 bit installed with 3 gb ram

Perhaps improvement if I installed 64 bit and increased ram???

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#648798 - 8th Jan 2012 9:16pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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What are you trying to do with it and how long has the OS been installed for?

Format the entire thing and you'll see a ridiculous speed boost from it. Don't RESTORE it, format it with a windows disk.
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#648800 - 8th Jan 2012 9:18pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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If you just use the Internet and the odd application then I would just add more ram. Double it if you can, win 7 will use all your free ram as a cache and it speeds the whole thing up. the more you have the more it will cache.

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#648804 - 8th Jan 2012 9:21pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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I'M enjoying my i7 after selling my quadcore smile I was gonna go Mac until I saw sense after Exo_ & co posted how I can get a better PC for half the price. just state how much you have to spend and what you want to do. also I've noticed an improvement when you De-frag.

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#648839 - 8th Jan 2012 9:59pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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you will need 4 GIG minimum to run 64 bit windows 7

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#649064 - 9th Jan 2012 10:05am Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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Thanks for you replies

OS has been installed for nearly 12 months, don't know why "the guy" installed 32 bit when I had both discs (32 and 64)

I believe 3+ GB of ram is the max for 32 bit,(maybe just my pc) but 64 bit can take much more??

Main uses are general internet plus digital imaging using photoshop elements 9 - struggles a bit with elements 9

I'll get somebody to clear 32 bit and install 64 bit and increase ram to 6GB - your thoughts please

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#649067 - 9th Jan 2012 10:15am Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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if elements is 32bit version there is going to be no performance increase.

Windows 32bit can recognise memory up to 3 or 4gb after that it just wont use it or see it.

64bit windows can use all of the available memory,
but if your running 32bit software ie elements your max file size will be 2gb and it wont recognise / utilise the 64 bit of your operating system. So i would say very little performance improvements if that is the case.

Hope that helps
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#649070 - 9th Jan 2012 10:40am Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: buddy]
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If you're gonna update the RAM past 4GB you may as well install 64bit. But either way, formatting the machine will see a massive speed increase. Try and format every 9-12 months or so and you'll find that your machine will stay speedy for as long as the hardware is working correctly.
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#649082 - 9th Jan 2012 11:21am Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: ex0__]
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I have had nothing but problems with my laptop, it came pre installed with 64bit win7, with only 2gb ram and would not accept any more untill I updated bios now it will take 8gb, am on lookout for win7 32bit and hopefully I will get a speed increase, and less crashes and freezes.
I just need to learn to use a different browser.
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#649119 - 9th Jan 2012 2:14pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: Clive]
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Originally Posted By: Willo

I just need to learn to use a different browser.


does that mean you've gone chrome at last wink

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#649120 - 9th Jan 2012 2:15pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: mrhanky]
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No but will be doing, as from tomorrow
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#649131 - 9th Jan 2012 3:09pm Re: CPU upgrade advice [Re: Clive]
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any News on the delivery job?

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