|Which Processor would be a better choice? Pentium 4 660 3.6Mhz 2MbL2 800, Pentium D 830 3.0Mhz 2MbL2 800, or Pentium Dual E2160 1.8Mhz 1MbL2 800 65nm?|
Some details of course: I built a computer from some parts from ebay and some new parts, partitioned 500Gig HD half for Linux (SUSE 11.1) and half for Windows (uninstalled as of now) for myself but now I am thinking that I might want to use it to replace an 8 year old gateway computer(upgrades a few times) that I use as the 'family' computer at the center of our home network. Before I make the move, I may want to refine it a little bit.
When I purchased the Mother Board on Ebay, they threw in 2 processors 'untested' that would not work anyway on that board (spec's to follow)... now I'm thinking... I'm not as thrilled with some of the spec's on the board I purchased, namely basic on board graphics and only PCI interface. Before I make the move to make this our 'Main' computer, maybe another $100. would be worth the investment. Here's what I have and what I'm thinking:
Asus p5p800mx, Pentium 4 660 3.6 800, 3Gig RAM, 500watt PS, 500Gig WD SATA HD, DVD Lightscribe, (sound may not be working but that's a cheep fix)
'untested' processors: Pentium D 830 3.0Ghz 800 and Pentium dual E2160 1.8Ghz 800 (only 1M cache though)
Want 'killer' board: EVGA nForce 730i (new) that can accept all 3 of these processors (so I'm safe), has very good graphics, has PCI Ex16 2.0, PCI Ex1, and PCI for expansion (and it will accept most quad core processors if I ever feel I need that much speed) and more. I will probably stay with the first one I put in (assuming it works) and leave it for the long run. These spec's differ so widely, I need help deciding the 'best', the 'second best' etc. any opinions??? Please!! (only mild gaming)