All Around Upgrades for 3.06 Machine!
i was wondering if anyone can answer some of my questions.
I am running a 2308 Imac with 3.06 E7600 CPU, only onboard graphics and 4 GB 1066Mhz RAM.
Currently the system is performing very (graphics wise) poor under OSX, Linux and Windows. Even streamed media like vimeo isn´t running smoothly in full HD and it´s not a software thing, i tried very much everything.
Recently i started working with Siemens NX 8.5, a powerfull engineering CAD software and i am very much desperate.
So i tried to find out what upgrades i can do max:
A q9550 Quadcore should fit socket wise, bring FSB up to 1333 but is rated at 95Watts instead of 65W like the original. Is it worth a try or nonsense?
A E8400 was an apple option, would bring FSB up to 1333, i would change RAM accordingly to have at least 8 Gb if not 16 Gb depending on price. Is it worth the faster FSB or not worth the money?
My third option would be to stay with the 3.06 1066 Mhz and add another 2x2 Gb of RAM, so the cheapest option.
Still another biggie is the absence of a graphics card. Can i install one to the empty slot and it´ll override the 9400M? Which is the strongest card that was available as an option and is likely to work with either of the RAM CPU combinations above? I guess the 1333 Mhz E8400 version can take different cards than my orignial setup...
I hope someone can shed some light into this, i really can´t afford an all new computer
thank you in advance,
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