How to upgrade a pentium d

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What is good processor to upgrade my Pentium D 820 Compaq SR2180NX Desktop ?
I understand certain Conroes fit? What is a good choice? I don't game, it is used for internet, movies.
 

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Recommendations to upgrade this? I plan to install a new WD Caviar Black, Will any of the E6x00 Conroes work in this, or is there a best choice? I would like to get more performance, but lower power consumption than the Pentium D 820. I have even considered the Celeron 430 Conroe.
 

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Yes, I am aware I need to use Conroe. Is the 6300 enough processor for someone who doesn't game? I can get a 6600 for similar cost, but is it overkill?
 

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I don't know...With 4 GB,it does not seem as snappy as T2370 in Toshiba laptop with 2GB. Both Vista HP. Maybe W7 can change that. I did try Linux Mint8 flash, it seemed quicker with that. Perhaps it has a problem. I am not very well schooled about computers.
 

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I Never owned Vista. But I've used it a bit here and there.

My friend has a Q8200(Which is a quad core) and Vista lags a bit(My Dual core E7300 is really fast with windows 7 :) )

I've heard many people complain about Vista being laggy despite of having hardware that can actually run it pretty well.
 

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I didn't notice much of a performance migrating between Vista and 7. I suspect a fresh install of the latest patched Vista might help your performance issues.

If you are going to move to 7, think about just getting a new CPU/Mobo all together. The RAM will probably still work with some AM2/AM2+ Mobos. Yes, the 820 is a dog, but it should be comparable to a T2370.

But anyway as for your best CPU bet if you are in the states:
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=E6600&title=Intel-Core-2-Duo-Processor-E6600-2-4GHz-1066MHz-4MB-LGA775-CPU-OEM

I don't think the E6x50'w will work because of the 1333 mhz FSB.

Alternatively, if you are in the US, you can spend $340 for virtually a new quad-core system from the Dell outlet with Windows 7 which would be about the cost of the CPU+Hard drive+Win 7 and donate your old system for a tax write-off.
 
Enter the bios and see what mode the hard drives are set too. IF they are sata drives they should be set to RAID or AHCI. Keep in mind that switching them may require a reinstall. If the drive is an IDE drive then consider getting a new HDD.
 

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I haven't seen any Quad Core for as low as $340. All I need is the Tower, no Monitor,keyboard, etc. A Dual Core would work also. I only do basics.
 

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