Question Budget rebuild advice

Mar 26, 2020
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Hi, I'm pretty much brand new to this, and hopefully once I have more money I'll be able to build on the experience, but first a little background.
I bought my girlfriend a cheap 2nd hand desktop so she would have a proper workspace for her college assignments.
It's outdated but was working fine at first.
Unfortunately the fan in the graphics card had a loose bearing which made a horrendous noise whenever it was in use, so I figured I would fix up a few upgrades.

When they finally arrive, we will have:
8GB RAM (up from 4)
120GB SSD running as a boot drive alongside a 1TB HDD
Gigabyte GT630 2GB graphics card

I realise that this is a far cry from your top-end gaming and editing rigs, but all I'm aiming for is an efficient workspace with the capacity to run a few older games.

Would anyone be able to give me some advice on what to go for next?

I'm running Windows 10 on an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 with a view to updating, but I'm unsure what is the best processor to fit a 775 socket.
 
Hi, I'm pretty much brand new to this, and hopefully once I have more money I'll be able to build on the experience, but first a little background.
I bought my girlfriend a cheap 2nd hand desktop so she would have a proper workspace for her college assignments.
It's outdated but was working fine at first.
Unfortunately the fan in the graphics card had a loose bearing which made a horrendous noise whenever it was in use, so I figured I would fix up a few upgrades.

When they finally arrive, we will have:
8GB RAM (up from 4)
120GB SSD running as a boot drive alongside a 1TB HDD
Gigabyte GT630 2GB graphics card

I realise that this is a far cry from your top-end gaming and editing rigs, but all I'm aiming for is an efficient workspace with the capacity to run a few older games.

Would anyone be able to give me some advice on what to go for next?

I'm running Windows 10 on an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 with a view to updating, but I'm unsure what is the best processor to fit a 775 socket.
First you need to find exact make and desugnation for your MB, then look it up on internet and find out which if any Core 2 Quad it can take and which BIOS version it may require.
Also need to know which RAM it needs and buy 2 sticks so you can get dual channel for best performance.
 
Mar 26, 2020
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First you need to find exact make and desugnation for your MB, then look it up on internet and find out which if any Core 2 Quad it can take and which BIOS version it may require.
Also need to know which RAM it needs and buy 2 sticks so you can get dual channel for best performance.
Thanks for the reply.
So far so good.
At the minute, the rig is in bits so I won't be in a position to get the MB details until I put it back together.

As for RAM I'm waiting for 2×4GB to be delivered this weekend.
 
Mar 26, 2020
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There should be some markings on MB itself.
Found it on amazon under Intel DG41WV and according to that seller it's from 2015, so newer than I was expecting since the GPU included was from 2008, but it was just thrown together from spare parts when I bought it.

Does this help in deciding which CPU to choose? Obviously within the limits of a 775 socket.
 
Found it on amazon under Intel DG41WV and according to that seller it's from 2015, so newer than I was expecting since the GPU included was from 2008, but it was just thrown together from spare parts when I bought it.

Does this help in deciding which CPU to choose? Obviously within the limits of a 775 socket.
G41 chipset supports Quad core, found this for it
Processor Support for the following: •Intel® Core™2 Quad processor in an LGA775 socket •Intel® Core™2 Duo processor in an LGA775 socket • Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor in an LGA775 socket •Intel® Celeron® processor Sequence 400 in an LGA775 socket
https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/motherboards/desktop/dg41wv/dg41wv_techprodspec02.pdf
 
Mar 26, 2020
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G41 chipset supports Quad core, found this for it
Processor Support for the following: •Intel® Core™2 Quad processor in an LGA775 socket •Intel® Core™2 Duo processor in an LGA775 socket • Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor in an LGA775 socket •Intel® Celeron® processor Sequence 400 in an LGA775 socket
https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/motherboards/desktop/dg41wv/dg41wv_techprodspec02.pdf
Great, thanks for the tip.
I might just stick with this one for now until I can get a better motherboard and CPU together. I'm probably wasting my time getting a better processor when the MB can only support 4GB RAM anyway.
 

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