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Old 06-07-2009, 10:33 PM   #1
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I currently have a HP pavilion m8085a that i use for gaming/work and want to upgrade the cpu.
current specs are:
intel core 2 duo E6400 @ 2.14Ghz
2x1Gb OCZ ddr2 ram
8800 gt 512mb
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So my question is: i want to upgrade my cpu to something that can run newer games coming out e.g. crisis, Becasue my computer is a HP can the CPU be upgraded? or will the mobo (model LEONITE, if that helps) need to be replaced as well?
If teh cpu can be upgraded can one be recommended?
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:57 PM   #2
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You're about at the limits for that board as it is. You could get a Core 2 Duo E6600, but at $155, it's way to expensive for the small increase in performance you'll see.

You should think about buying or assembling a new rig.

You could upgrade the video card and power supply to keep up with the newer games.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:34 PM   #3
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wouldnt feel overly confident assembling a new rig from scratch just yet, would like to squeeze a little more life out of my current rig if possible.

So for the current mobo that cpu recommended would be at the top of its compatablity/performance possible?
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Yea, that motherboard only supports up to a Core 2 Duo E6000 series CPU. The E6600 is about the fastest I could find as they have been phased out due to the newer E7000 series.


I was thinking a BIOS update may be available, but the one they have doesn't say a thing about enabling the use of faster CPUs.

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was randomly surfing the egg jsut then and found this:
Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Excuse my ignorance, but would this fit my mobo as it is a E6x00 series or is the fact that its a dual-core not duo core affect its compatablity?
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I'm not sure if your motherboard will support that chip. It's entirely possible. I also don't know how that compares in performance to your current Core 2 Duo E6400.

Motherboard Specifications, P5LP-LE (Leonite)
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