I'm running an emachines e3230. It's getting pretty
near the end of its useful life but I don't have the
pennies to get a new one quite yet (maybe in
september but not until).
I've given it a new chunk of ram and a new graphics
card but I'm now held back by my processor.
I'll give you my stats and then ask my questions:
Running xp on a pentium 4, northwood 9. 2.80GHz. (I'll
throw in all the data I've got, useful or not), multiplier
x28, 100 MHz bus speed and rated fsb 400 MHz.
Mobo is a MSI MS 6714. Intel chipset with Phoenix
Bios from july '04. Got a total of 2048 DDR on two 1Gb
sticks, one max bandwidth 200MHz, the other 166
Graphics card is a Radeon x1650 pro 512 Agp (pc
predates pci-express, so I went agp... it was an
absolute pain to find).
Here are the questions:
I can get a new processor (socket 478) for about £50,
getting me to 3.4GHz (another pentium 4). Would you
Is the extra 0.6GHz going to make a huge difference
to my performance on games my comp can JUST run
(but laggily) such as Dawn Of War 2?
Or are there other things I can do to squeeze
performance out of this hulk and get it to lurch into
(perhaps) 2010? Is the 166MHz limit on one of the ram
sticks an issue performance-wise? It was originally off-
the-shelf and phoenix doesn't seem to allow
overclocking, which is what I started out investigating
Any help would be much appreciated.