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Topic # 191707 13-Feb-2016 14:22
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My desktop PC has an older Core 2 E8500 CPU, 4Gb DDR2, Win10




I don't use the machine a lot as I have a i5 Laptop and tablets etc..


I've got a PC here that is being scraped which has a Quad core Q8300 in it. I could do a swap as the socket is the same and my motherboard supports this CPU.




But would it be worth it on a PC thats used for a bit of office work, internet, an old game?




The E8500 runs at 3.15Ghz and the Q8300 runs at 2.5Ghz




Would I see any advantage with the quadcore CPU or a slow down due to the lower clock speed?

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  Reply # 1491614 13-Feb-2016 15:28
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If you find you regularly flat line your current dual core performing those tasks it may be worth it. Out of those I would expect it to make a small difference to internet browsing (jscript, video playback in particular) and 3D gaming depending on what graphics you have.



Assuming it is indeed compatible, assuming you have the time and materials (thermal paste ...), then I guess you should give it a go. E8500 might be slightly faster for legacy single threaded data intensive applications with its 6M cache.



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  Reply # 1491905 14-Feb-2016 08:52
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Thanks for the reply. The CPU will definitely be a direct swap, I've got a gigabyte board and its one of the supported CPU's. Just need some thermal paste.

Will swapping the CPU and possibly back again cause any issues with windows 10 licencing and hardware change limit?

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  Reply # 1491930 14-Feb-2016 09:56
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This link


Says changing processor will be OK but check registration to be sure!

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  Reply # 1492036 14-Feb-2016 13:24
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even if it does flag it you just call up and register it

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