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Worth Upgrade From Intel Pentium 4 530 Prescott 3.0ghz To Intel Pentium Dual-core E6500

#1 User is offline   robdog930 

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:56 AM

I currently have a Intel Pentium 4 530 Prescott 3.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache 800mhz FSB and would like to upgrade it, and the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 2MB L2 Cache 1066 fsb is only $79.99 at my local fry's. Will it be a noticeable upgrade or even worth the upgrade, I know there are better choices out there like the e8400 but I don't have $160 to spend right now. My pc is not used for gaming. Thanks
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 12:46 PM

What motherboard are you running? There were two versions of the P4 530- the standard 530 is socket 478, and the 530J is socket 775 and compatible with the E6500. Still, you'd have to make sure that your motherboard can support a 45nm processor. If it will, it will definitely be worth upgrading. The Wolfdale is more efficient in a couple ways. First, it runs a lot lower voltage, which means less heat output (the Prescotts were infamous for running very hot), which in turn means potentially lower fan speeds and a quieter machine. Also, the P4 530 uses the older NetBurst architecture, while the E6500 uses newer, much more efficient Core architecture. This means that the E6500 can process more date per clock cycle compared to the P4 530 and, even though its clock speed is slightly lower, in the real world it's a faster processor.

So yes, if your motherboard can handle it, it's worth the upgrade.

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Reason for edit: clarification

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

Yes I checked my MSI motherboard manual and it does support the e6500, it's a socket 775 45nm, Thanks for the info I also want it because it supports windows 7 64 bit, which I currently have the 32/64bit install disc but thought I would wait to install it until I got a new CPU that supports 64bit instead of installing the 32bit now. Well thanks again , looks like I will be picking the e6500 up,Do I need to remove the motherboard from case to install it? Until now I've only had experience installing ram,video cards, hard and optical drives. This will be my first CPU Install any suggestions? It has a crappy loud pushpin zalman cooler in it that I bought.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:45 PM

Hey Robdog, I agree with snyper, it will definitely be worth it to up grade ( be sure to check as it may require and BiOS upgrade as well ). No, you don't have to remove the MOBO. Make sure to get a tube of Thermal Compound ( Arctic Silver 5 is preferred around here ). All you need to do id to remove the Fan / Heatsink over the processor. Clean the old TMC off of the Heatsink using rubbing alcohol ( I use guaze pads ). When installing the processor, make sure the Notches on the processor line up with the nubs on the socket. Only apply a small amount of Arctic Silver 5 ( about equal to a half of a long grain rice ). Spread it out equally and then put the Fan / Heatsink assembly back on and don't forget to plug in the fan.
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