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Hi all!

This is my first visit to the MSI forums so I hope I am posting in the correct forum.

I am looking to upgrade my very clunky budget PC. I had to buy a budget system mid last year because my PC that I had since 2002 dropped dead. I simply did not have the funds to build a decent PC, and bought a store built system on the cheap side.

The motherboard is a G33M (MS-7357) and has a piddly 1.6ghz processor and 1gb of generic RAM. I'm running Windows XP Home.

I am studying graphic design and I need to give this machine some more grunt for working on Photoshop. The files I am working on are regularly getting larger than 100MB.

I went to www.cpu-upgrade.com to check compatibility and checked a couple of bits.

Processor
I'm looking at the Q9650 http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_2/Intel-Core%202%20Quad%20Q9650%20AT80569PJ080N%20(BX80569Q9650%20-%20BXC80569Q9650).html.

I was also suggested the E8600, but looking at prices they are $100 difference, which I don't mind paying.

I have done my own research and for some reason the E8600 seems to perform better with Photoshop. Would it be a silly move to purchase a dual core over a quad core for this purpose? I am WAY out of touch with comptuer components - so essentially I can afford the Q9650, but is 4 cores going to do any benefit better than 2? (I know that's a pretty silly question, but I had to ask).

RAM
I would like to put in 4GB. I will be playing games on this PC, but it is NOT essential to have performance RAM for those purposes. I am considering 4GB Kit DDR2 800 Kingston-HyperX. I really am not up to speed with this stuff, so some advice would be helpful.


Thanks in advance!
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Re: ::UPGRADE:: G33M (MS-7357) - new processor and RAM
« Reply #1 on: 10-March-09, 22:33:03 »

Don't jump onto the bandwagon yet.

Give us your full system specs and PSU specs amps for verification first.
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Re: ::UPGRADE:: G33M (MS-7357) - new processor and RAM
« Reply #2 on: 10-March-09, 23:22:21 »

Hi NovJoe,

I am away from my computer for a few days, so I don't have the specifics. I am visiting a friend who gets ultra cheap parts, so want to pick them up while I am visiting.

Motherboard:  MSI G33M (MS-7357)
CPU:             Dual Core 1.6ghz
GPU:             Palit 256mb 9600GT
RAM:             1gb generic "no name" brand
PSU:             600w - not sure of brand
Case:            A huge tower (maybe a server case? not sure, it's at least twice the height of the average desktop)

I hope that's enough to guide you.


EDIT: I've just read an interesting article about Photoshop and multi-core processors. Based on that article I have decided to opt for a DUAL CORE and not QUAD CORE.

Advice still wanted though. I am now comparing the value between an E8400 and E8600. Thanks!
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Re: ::UPGRADE:: G33M (MS-7357) - new processor and RAM
« Reply #3 on: 11-March-09, 00:36:36 »

2 Cores and 4GB is more than enough for Photoshop.

Your build should be ok, just that you may need to check your board's BIOS on the CPU support.

http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=prodcpu2&prod_no=1184&maincat_no=1#menu
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Re: ::UPGRADE:: G33M (MS-7357) - new processor and RAM
« Reply #4 on: 11-March-09, 15:41:37 »

Great, thanks NovJoe.

Especially thanks for that list - I went to a page on www.cpu-upgrade.com and it had a LOT more CPUs stated as compatible - I think I will trust the MSI listing better   ;D

Alright, I'm off to figure out what I am going to buy!

Cheers!
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Re: ::UPGRADE:: G33M (MS-7357) - new processor and RAM
« Reply #5 on: 12-March-09, 00:17:16 »

No worries and have fun ;-)).
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