Celeron d or pentium 4??

Hewlett-packard / A1101n
May 29, 2009 at 19:48:28
Specs: Windows XP
which is better cuz currently i have a celeron d 2.93 and i have recently purchased a pentium 4 3.0ghz prescott core should i install the new processor or keep the old?? really i just wanna play oblivion and left 4 dead without it lagging so much. i currently have a 6200 for a graphic card cuz all i have is pci slots. and 1.5 gigs of ddr ram. so will the pentium 4 be much of an upgrade or not???

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May 29, 2009 at 19:56:57
1. the 3.0GHz Prescott is an 800MHz FSB CPU...your board only supports up to 533MHz FSB. So if it works at all, it will only run at 2.0GHz.


2. you need a new video card, not a CPU.


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May 29, 2009 at 20:03:15
so installing the pentium 4 will slow things down? i'm a novice at this stuff i'm sorry...

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May 29, 2009 at 20:26:09
Let me try again - you need a new VIDEO CARD, not a new CPU!

I posted a link to a Sparkle GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI video card for $75 w/free shipping.

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May 30, 2009 at 01:33:46
I doubt that a 9400GT PCI would provide much of a boost over the 6200. The PCI bus provides 133MB/sec of shared bandwidth. Today's high end hard drives can sustain around 90MB/sec and can burst 280MB/sec. If PCI can limit HDD and gigabit ethernet performance, imagine what it does to 3D video performance.

IMHO, you should avoid buying a new processor and video card. Keep saving till you can build a PCI Express system. A 16-lane PCI-E 2.0 slot provides video cards with 16 GB/sec of total bandwidth (8 GBps up/ 8 GBps down).

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May 30, 2009 at 12:44:20
"A 16-lane PCI-E 2.0 slot provides video cards with 16 GB/sec of total bandwidth (8 GBps up/ 8 GBps down)."

And apprently that still isn't fast enough for the computer industry considering PCI-E 3.0 is around the corner.

I remember back in the days where one standard would last for years and now the way the computer industry is going a new standard will only last about a couple of years now before it too gets replaced.

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