Time for an upgrade Going for a new CPU this time, as my ones running at 95 - 100% during UT3, and it can't cope that well with IRC, TS, UT3, xfire, etc. etc. running which I'll need to.
I spotted a Q6600 (Core 2 Quad) at a decent price, but wasn't sure my mobo can handle it. I checked with tech support, all I got was:
Thank you for your email.
The details for your motherboard are shown on the web site below:
http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/ ... 6521820306
The details show that the motherboard supports Intel Core 2 Duo models with LGA775 up to 1066 MHz FSB.
The Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 uses a LGA775 Socket and has a bus speed of 1066 MHz. The motherboard specification would suggest that this processor would be compatible.
Ok, but that doesn't leave me 100% confident as I don't know what chipset the motherboard has, and the Q6600 only supports 2 types (that I saw on intels website) & neither of those were on the chipset list for my Pentium D. Should I risk it?
I could probably get a new motherboard & PSU to go with it if needs be, but I don't have an XP disc (stupid packard bell >.< ) so wouldn't be able to do a repair install I don't think. So that options a bit dodgy...
I could get a Core2Duo instead which would do the job fine, but only the 2.6ghz model - the 3ghz has a 1333 FSB, which my mobo can't handle. Plus it's not that much cheaper than the Q6600, so in my attempt to get the best bang for my buck & not wanting to upgrade my CPU again...
Then emu said that the quad core would only be worth it if I have a 64 bit OS, which I don't AFAIK....
Hmm, what to do?