pentium 4 how to

September 7, 2013 at 13:34:20
Specs: Windows XP Professional
I can't overclock my Dell Dimension 4500 with a Pentium 4 processor. I download CPU-Z & nothing's worked.

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September 7, 2013 at 16:01:32
CPU-Z is not to overclock, but to check your settings.
Your Dell machine like nearly all manufactured systems had the BIOS settings locked that might let you overclock so there is no path there. Software overclocking is possible, but the amount you might get is not worth the bother. The reason you BIOS is locked is because the system is a whole bunch of compromises in quality, speed, and price so the hardware they select is not overbuilt in the way you would need it to be to support the extra stresses that overclocking puts on the system components.
The problem with the P4 systems today is not just the CPU speed, the fact that it is a single core, or even the memory speed, it is the complete package. The memory band width, the buss 'width' and speed, and other factors make it no longer a viable choice for today.
If you purchase an inexpensive desktop, or even a laptop that has a 'slower' rated ('speed') but modern CPU, that system would blow away a Pentium 4 system even if it was custom built with the highest possible quality components and overclocked to the limits. There are even some tablets and a couple of smart phones that would be faster on many things than a system that old.
Your best bet it to purchase or build a new system that is the best you can afford to be as future proof as possible.

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September 7, 2013 at 17:11:55
Your Dell only accepts up to 1GB RAM, so it will never be fast, no matter what you do to it.

But if you want to play around with overclocking, see the following:

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September 13, 2013 at 22:31:37
The reason you BIOS is locked is because the system is a whole bunch of compromises in quality
Especially in VRM area.

It can be fast if u know how to manage the little u got.

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September 14, 2013 at 08:22:32
Thanks Fingers. That dell dimension 4500 is just a practice pc for me to mess around with. I got an hp 2000 laptop upgraded to 8 GB RAM. I'm gonna be taking a Computer Repair & Maintenance class next month & just purchased the new CompTIA A+ book by Mike Myers. I'm just trying to get as much hands on experience as possible for when I get certified & become an IT tech.

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September 14, 2013 at 18:15:20
"just a practice pc for me to mess around with"
what processor does it have now?
you might be able to upgrade for $20. just recently upgraded as dimension 2350 from a celeron 1.8 to a pentium 2.8 for $20.
You also have a agp slot. Those old dimensions are also good linux machines.


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