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altstiff
03-25-2004, 11:32 PM
I'm thinking of upgrading just the processor and I see that my options include the Pentium IV-3.06Ghz 533FSB 512K Cache With HT ($350 CDN or $260 USD)

Or the Pentium IV-2.8AGhz 533FSB 1M Cache ($249 CDN or $187 USD).

I guess my question is does hyper threading and that extra 200MHZ equal out to $70 USD? Or would the 1MB Cache on the cheaper chipset help close the gap.

Comments welcome.

See you in the fence....

Asus P4B 533 Intel 2.4GHZ
1 GIG Ram
GeForce FX 5700 256MB (56.64)
SB Audigy
MSFF2 & X45 throttle

altstiff
03-25-2004, 11:32 PM
I'm thinking of upgrading just the processor and I see that my options include the Pentium IV-3.06Ghz 533FSB 512K Cache With HT ($350 CDN or $260 USD)

Or the Pentium IV-2.8AGhz 533FSB 1M Cache ($249 CDN or $187 USD).

I guess my question is does hyper threading and that extra 200MHZ equal out to $70 USD? Or would the 1MB Cache on the cheaper chipset help close the gap.

Comments welcome.

See you in the fence....

Asus P4B 533 Intel 2.4GHZ
1 GIG Ram
GeForce FX 5700 256MB (56.64)
SB Audigy
MSFF2 & X45 throttle

Chivas
03-26-2004, 12:41 AM
Your P4 2.4 will easily overclock to 3.0 with stock cooling. Then spend your money on a new video card. The ATI 9800pro would be a great choice or wait a month or two for the new Nv40 or the R420. The 9800pro will give you great fps with Perfect settings. The Nv40 or R420 should be even better with a good possibility of running BOB with decent frame rates.

Rajvosa
03-26-2004, 01:21 AM
There is no point in upgrading your system at this time. Wait a few more months and see how it handles all the new DX9 games (Half-Life 2 and Doom 3) and if it feels slow, then by all means, upgrade. By then, the prices will drop a few percent as well.

I see you are with Intel currently. Why don't you take a look at one of AMD's new CPUs. They seem to offer a lot more for the money you invest.

Another thing regarding these new GPUs - yes, they will be fast, but at what price? Probably as expensive as the 9800 Pro was when it came out. Do you want to spend that much money on a latest gfx card?

Computers give me headaches sometimes!

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lbhskier37
03-26-2004, 01:44 AM
WARNING DO NOT GET 1MB CACHE P4s!!!

Those are prescott core chips. They are actually slower clock for clock than the 512mb cache chips. They can also be used to turn your computer case into an oven. Intel really screwed the pooch on the new prescot core chips, you want to stay as far away from them as possible. For your motherboard I would check if you have a C stepping chip, if so it should overclock easily to 3ghz. If its an older B stepping it might not want to do 3ghz, in that case I would check out the 3ghz with hyperthreading, as long as you have windows XP and all your hardware likes it, it would be a good upgrade. But whatever you do, DONT BUY THAT PRESCOTT! Everyone watch out for the 1mb cache P4s, they are so bad even Dell isnt selling computers with them inside.

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lbhskier37
03-26-2004, 01:47 AM
Oh, and if you do want to get AMD stuff like suggested, wait a few months and buy socket 939 stuff. The current socket 940 is going to be phased out, and the smaller socket (7 something) is getting pushed down to the budget crappy market this summer and they will stop making faster chips for it.

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altstiff
03-26-2004, 02:35 AM
Funny, when I overclock my PC my frame rates are actually slower. I have tried several times (to O/C from 2.4 to 2.6 and even 2.7) and as I said I run slower frame rates.

See you in the fence....

Asus P4B 533 Intel 2.4GHZ
1 GIG Ram
GeForce FX 5700 256MB (56.64)
SB Audigy
MSFF2 & X45 throttle