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    Default old motherboard

    Hi I'm new here. I built 2 computers 2 1/2 years ago G31M-ES2L & EP45-UD3P I need to find out if I can up grade the. are they a good mb intel E5200 cpu
    or should I replace them any suggestion

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    Default Re: old motherboard

    Welcome to the forum.

    You can look at the supported cpu list at each motherboard web page on the Gigabyte web site GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775

    If you are only using your systems for web browsing and aren't using demanding programs, there will be little benefit to upgrading your cpu. If you need to upgrade your memory, buying new ddr2 memory is very expensive where a 2 x 2GB set will cost about $80.

    If you want to run demanding games, you will probably need to buy mid level video card and spend about $150 - $250 or more. You might also need to upgrade your operating systems.

    Your EP45-UD3P is an excellent older motherboard that you might be able to sell for a good price and use the money toward buying a newer system that will offer better overall performance. I have two P35 systems with higher end (for their time) processors, a Q9560 and an E6850 and these systems are adequate for my needs.

    There is an old racing adage: How fast are you willing to spend? This also applies to buying or upgrading computer systems.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S

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