Pentium D upgrade?

Intel Dg965wh motherboard
April 22, 2010 at 11:18:28
Specs: Windows XP
I have an Older Intel/DG965WH Motherboard with a single processor and am wondering if upgrading to the Dual-core Pentium-D would be worth the $50 for the processor. Most of my stuff is Web based, no intense graphics, just office stuff Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (all running at the same time)

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#1
April 22, 2010 at 12:22:11
Not enough info. Which CPU do you currently have? How much memory at what speed? Video card or onboard graphics?

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#2
April 23, 2010 at 06:39:27
I have a 3Ghz Pentium 4 with 800mhz FSB and 4gig Memory,. The Video is an Nvidia Geforce 8500GT. I am running Windows XP SP3.

I run a fair amount of stuff in my "Tray" such as Anti-virus, Indexing, Text-2-speech and a remote script client (these are used by the home automation server to announce events such as "Client NAME is on line 4"...

Outlook and Firefox are the most common real applications that are running 99% of the time...


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#3
April 23, 2010 at 07:07:17
The Pentium 4 & Pentium D (which is based on the P4) are highly inefficient CPUs. Your board supports the Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, & Pentium dual core (which is based on the C2D). I wouldn't recommend a Pentium D, even if it is only $50.

http://downloadmirror.intel.com/150...

http://processormatch.intel.com/Com...


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#4
April 23, 2010 at 08:24:06
Is there a processor Upgrade for my motherboard that is worth doing to extend the life of my system or should I just save up the $500 for a new one...

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#5
April 25, 2010 at 06:45:47
Your system is fine for normal works. Whats wrong?

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#6
April 25, 2010 at 07:13:30
Getting anything off the disk seems slow... I have eliminated the cache swap file to try to force things to stay in memory, but it "pauses" whenever it needs to go to disk... I am running the Fastest SATA 40Gig drive I could find... but still pauses a lot...

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#7
April 25, 2010 at 11:46:04
"I am running the Fastest SATA 40Gig drive I could find"

LOL. There's your problem. Most--if not all--40GB drives are pretty dang slow. As bad as the P4 is, in this case it is not your bottleneck.

For now, make sure that the drive isn't fragmented. Then, buy yourself a 500GB+ hard drive with 32MB of cache. They're dirt cheap, and you'll get a huge boost in speed.

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#8
April 29, 2010 at 06:50:02
LOL. There's your problem. Most--if not all--40GB drives are pretty dang slow. As bad as the P4 is, in this case it is not your bottleneck. ?

Size of one HD does not equal speed. I really don't know where you got that from.

Back on topic, I currently have a ASUS motherboard with the 945 chipset and I run a Pentium e2180 (core 2 duo with less cache) overclocked from 2.0ghz to 2.66ghz (FSB from 800 to 1067). With a stock heatsink it runs great. You'll never notice the lower amount of cache, it benchmarks right at the speed of a 2.66ghz core 2.

http://www.starmicro.net/detail.asp...

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#9
April 29, 2010 at 11:09:33
"Size of one HD does not equal speed. I really don't know where you got that from. "

I have an old 80GB drive that can sustain a 35MB/s transfer rate and burst 74MB/s. The 1TB drive in my main system can hold 110MB/s and burst at 270MB/s. It makes a world of difference, even outside of HDTach.

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#10
April 29, 2010 at 12:03:05
If you had a 40gb and a 1TB that were made at the same time they would benchmark the same.

The fact is, the size has nothing to do with it. It's the mechanics in the drive itself and the controller on the drive. Comparing a first gen. SATA drive to a modern SATA drive is an obvious outcome. But if you had a 40gb HD that had the same mechanical and controller specs as the 1tb, there would be no difference. And I would like to see actual proof of 110mb's SUSTAINED, I have never seen that in my life except from raid systems.

My main FAT32 60GB drive is of modern SATA design and is as fast as my 250gb secondary drive.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#11
April 29, 2010 at 13:03:46
"If you had a 40gb and a 1TB that were made at the same time they would benchmark the same."

And when was the last time anyone made a 40GB, 3.5" desktop drive? My point sticks: the OP will get far more out of a hard drive upgrade than a processor.

"And I would like to see actual proof of 110mb's SUSTAINED, I have never seen that in my life except from raid systems. "

http://techreport.com/articles.x/18...
Geoff's HDTach results are similar to mine. Look at the Barracuda 7200.12--that's the drive I use.

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