which cpu is better

August 14, 2009 at 00:27:13
Specs: Windows XP
hi all im thinking of upgrading my cpu a touch the cpu in use now is a p4-2.8 512k cache no ht supported im thinking of poppping in a p4 3.4 1m cache ht supported 800mhz bus... would i poss notice a touch of difference im using 2gb of TRANSCEND PC-3200 DDR-400 DDR 400Mhz MEMORY on an asrock p4vm890 mainboard and the video card is a nvidia G force 8400 gs ...!!!!!!!!! any help would be great

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#1
August 14, 2009 at 01:09:28
Yeah, you will notice a little bit of a diff, but unless you can get this pentuim 4 3.4ghz cheap somewhere then it's not worth it.

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#2
August 14, 2009 at 01:31:23
there are normally some pop up on eaby here and there..!!!! thank's for the help

p.s. to be honest im not 100% sure which 2.8g cpu is in at the mo that might even be a 800fsb i will have to look later...!!!


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#3
August 14, 2009 at 02:30:50
Use this free program called CPU-Z It will tell you everything about the processor and what FSB speed it's running at.


http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

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#4
August 14, 2009 at 06:19:22
You're kind of at the crossroads & have to decide which direction to take. Your board isn't all that great...S478, VIA chipset, DDR1 RAM (2GB max). The only thing in it's favor is that it has PCIe x16 slot. The 8400GS is a very weak card though. It's definitely better than the onboard video but it's not good for gaming, if that's you're goal?

For reference:

motherboard specs:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.a...

P4 3.40GHz/800MHz/1MB/HT CPU - $92
http://www.starmicro.net/detail.asp...

2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR400 RAM - $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Radeon HD4670 video card - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Is it worth investing $200+ in an old system?


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#5
August 14, 2009 at 12:02:38
to be honest no gaming is not the idea its actually bluray hd 1080i film playback mainly..!!! maybe the odd game but nothing to challenging for it...!!!

i already have the ram and graphics card and obviously mainboard etc i was just going to upgrade the cpu a touch..!!! to compliment the ram speed 3200


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#6
August 14, 2009 at 15:41:41
If that is all that you are using your pc for then you can get away with a upgrade to the processor and still use the 8400gs for blue ray playback.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#7
August 15, 2009 at 04:50:40
ok thank's for that info..!!!! now the cpu is 512k or 1mb better or is it really unnoticeable..???

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#8
August 15, 2009 at 04:53:20
in fact this is the cpu im thinking of ..... SL793


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#9
August 15, 2009 at 16:18:21
It depends upon what you are doing. There are times where having an extra 512kb of cache shows an improvement in performance while other times you won't see any diff. Overall the diff is small. It's not like going from 512kb of L2 cache to 2 or 3mb of L2 cache.

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