Upgraded processor - would like best memory options

memory speed for msi 775 core duo quad extreme qx9650

I am about to upgrade one of my computers, a systemax, which had a core 2 Quad processor by Intel running at, I believe, 2.2 GHz, and putting in a core 2 Quad extreme qx 9650. The mother board is made by MSI and has a 775 socket. I'm not sure what the current memory speed is, but there are 4 GB of memory in one gigabyte increments (4 sticks). I am running Windows XP Pro service pack three. I need to know what steps are necessary before putting the new chip in, such as whether or not I need to upgrade the bios as well as how to determine the current speed of the memory and what I can do in terms of upgrading the memory to the fastest that I can get. I understand that there may be front side bus issues that need to be resolved (or at least understood) on my part. Can somebody help me? Thanks.
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_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
With the memory you have, I would just change the Multiplier for the CPU.

If you go the Bus route, it gets a little trickier. And a new question would be needed.
Also, monitor your Temps!!

Here is a quick read on the subject, just to give you an idea:

If you you want to dig deeper, download the PDF here, go to the "I want to go fast" article (pg 64 of CPU - pg 66 of the pdf), and go through it:

_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
What model MSI? A BIOS upgrade may or may not be needed.

Before you do anything, download and run CPU-Z. It is a small program and will tell you most of the basics of your system. Then we can be more specific on our recommendation.

_Connect With a Mentor Commented:

- the tab it opens on (CPU) will have your cpu info and bus speed.
- the Motherboard tab will have the mobo info
- the Memory and SPD tabs will have the current Memory Settings, and the Memory specs.
Use the stick # dropdown menu to change the stick info.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
first i would look what boost the new cpu can give, note the difference for each of your cpu's :  http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

since you have the full 4 GB - that is the max for any 32-bit OS, or are you using the 64-bit version?
what motherboard model is it? if not sure, download siw to identify it http://www.gtopala.com/

i would like to add that upgrading the cpu is often not worth it
mzimermanAuthor Commented:
Attached is the cpu-z report. I already installed the procesor. What improvements in the bios and memory can i add?
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Not a whole lot from what I can see.
You currently have PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) running @ 400MHz. And Dual Channel enabled.
That's pretty good.

I haven't downloaded the manual, so I don't know if your motherboard can use PC2-8500 (DDR2 -1066) @ 533MHz. But all things considered, I wouldn't worry about doing that on this system, unless you have some handy or can get it really cheap.

The only other thing you might consider, is raising the memory voltage a little.
With all 4 slots filled, that is a strain on the memory bus, and a little bump can help keep it stabilized.
Say .5v (point .5), but NO MORE than .1v (point 1). You are at 1.8v now (stock), so go to 1.85v but NO MORE than 1.9v.
And only do that if you have problem. (I am assuming you are not having problems with the old cpu and this memory config). So this is really only a "heads up".
nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
coral, i think you mean Say .05v (point .05),

and is the performance increase noticeable?
_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
>> Say .05v (point .05),

You would be correct. Thanks for catching that.
mzimermanAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I'm sorry I took so long to respond. I installed the processor and it seems to be working fine.I do have one more question. Any advice on overclocking? That's why I ordered the "extreme" edition. If you feel that this should be a separate inquiry I will understand and just award the points, but if you can help with this question I will be very grateful.
mzimermanAuthor Commented:
Very professional and informative. All respondents were great. Thanks.
Thank you much.   : )
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