Advice on new CPU for Asus P5LD2 SE MB

  hastelloy 11:01 02 Aug 2008

I'm doing a lot of video editing and want to speed things up a bit. At present I have Intel core 2 duo 6300, 2GB RAM and XP Pro. I don't want to go to Vista just yet 'cos I'm happy with XP. How far can I go with a new processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 maybe? Or is that a step or 2 too far? My OS is OEM so would a change of processor also mean a reactivation or new OS?

  I am Spartacus 11:15 02 Aug 2008

Check out click here

Select Motherboard, then Socket775 and select your motherboard. It doesn't look as though any revisions of the board allow Quad cores, not even a Q6600.

  I am Spartacus 11:23 02 Aug 2008

P.S. You will notice a massive reduction in rendering times with a quad core especially with a relatively mild overclock of around 20-25%.

  hastelloy 11:46 02 Aug 2008

What a shame - looks like a new MB!! Any suggestions?

  I am Spartacus 12:29 02 Aug 2008

The Asus P5K Premium is a bit pricey click here but are great for overclocking. I have 2 of them.

I don't know anything about the Gigabyte GA P35-DS3L from click here other than that Arbico use them in their PC's that score highly in PCA reviews.

  hastelloy 14:42 02 Aug 2008

The Asus in your link is tempting though, as you say, a bit pricey, and Water cooling is not an option for me. The Gigabyte looks good - all positive reviews though I don't want to go 64 bit. I'll be giving it some thought before making a decision, otherwise I get carried away!!! Thanks again. I'll mark as resolved.

  I am Spartacus 14:55 02 Aug 2008

I linked you to the P5K Black Pearl edition. There's a cheaper standard version at click here

  I am Spartacus 15:06 02 Aug 2008

Ignore that last suggestion. It's not the Premium version.

Both of mine are Black Pearls but I don't use watercooling. As far as I know most, if not all current CPUs are 64-bit.

  hastelloy 15:10 02 Aug 2008

I think the Gigabyte GA P35-DS3L is the way I'll go - with a Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 Socket LGA775. While I'm about it I might upgrade my power supply to 700+watts as well (500 at present). Thanks for all you help.

  I am Spartacus 15:16 02 Aug 2008

Although only 620W I highly recommend the Corsair HX 620 click here It's virtually silent in the case.

According to the RAMGuy at Corsair it will run 2 ATI HD4870s (I'm only going to run 1) with a Q9450.

  hastelloy 16:29 02 Aug 2008

Thanks, I'll have a look at that. I don't think I'll change my graphics card though - I have to draw the line somewhere.

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