Pentium D worth a look? or wait?

July 13, 2011 at 16:48:22
Specs: Windows 2000
I'm looking to put together a cheap tide-over with cannibalized parts from an MSI 6566E machine (P4 2.8GHZ) until I can shake loose some funds for something better; I milled over the Pentium D, which I can get for around $35 along with a refurb mboard for around $30; however, I haven't really looked into modern parts let alone built a machine since 2003 and this newer hardware is just a tad different from what I remember. :D

I have three main questions

1) what are your thoughts on refurb mboards? I'm a bit apprehensive of them, but thought I'd ask.
2) what are your thoughts on the Pentium D and finding a motherboard that is also compatible with maybe the dual core E5300 or E6600?
3) would the memory be targeted for the D or will it "degrade" to a compatible speed if I opt for the fastest speed supported by the dual core processor?

The end result would be a machine for video editing and older generation gaming like Medal of Honor or maybe newer if they'll play.

Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated.
TIA


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#1
July 13, 2011 at 17:13:19
1. refurbed boards are generally ok, as long as the original damage/fail was minimal, eg, blown/faulty capacitor, dry solder joint etc. if it has been affected by a lightning strike or power surge, then chances are other components will begin to fail after it's ben refurbed. also, the savings from new to refurb are pretty marginal, i would always opt for new.

2. again, you can pick up a low end dual core for much the same price as a P4, which means you'll have a decent tide-over

3. your motherboard would determine which type and size of memory you can use, as well as your OS.

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#2
July 13, 2011 at 19:32:50
taco, thank you for your input; I sure do appreciate it. I think I'll opt for a new board as I'm not sure cause of failure would be something they would freely advertise.

thanks for #3 as well... I've get a bit more research to do OS wise, I think.


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#3
July 14, 2011 at 19:52:27
your welcome.
personally, i would opt for a new board as well.

here's a good link that explains how much ram is utilised on an OS.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...

basically, there's no point installing 8gb on a system running 32bit xp as it doesnt recognise it

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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