Processor Question

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Matt Barton
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I'm wondering if anyone knows enough about CPUs to answer a question for me. Right now, I'm using an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ clocked at 2 ghz. I've been thinking of upgrading, but my mainboard is Socket A, and I can't afford to buy a new motherboard/cpu/gpu right now. However, I was looking on ebay and think I might afford one of the better Athlon XP processors. The question is, how much difference would it make? The only real difference I can see is that the more expensive processors (say, the AMD Athlon XP 3000+) run at a fast FSB (400 instead of the 133 I have now) and have much larger L2 caches.

In short, would replacing my AMD Athlon XP 2400+ with a 2800+ or 3000+ make enough of a difference to make it worthwhile?

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Matt Barton
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Thanks

Thanks, Mark. That's kind of what I've been thinking lately. I did get a 2800+ from eBay a week or so ago, but it was DOA and I had to send it back. Still waiting (with fingers crossed) hoping that they'll live up to their refund policy. If not, it was a $50 gamble.

This computer is currently running at 3.2 according to Vista. That's mostly due to the processor; the other scores are 4 or above. I guess ultimately it doesn't matter much; the computer seems to be quite zippy even with dual displays and pretty intensive multitasking, though it does bog down quick when I try to run WIN-UAE or something like that in the background. It's more than suitable for work, and then I have the iMac bootcamped with XP for gaming. BTW, it seems to be great as a games machine; running Dungeon Siege II at full specs without a hitch. I'm really pleased with it!

Though I must admit I feel guilty for keeping it in XP so much. :-(

Matt

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Mark Vergeer
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Nope - don't invest in a dead and route I say!

It will probably run a little faster, but your memory has to support the bigger FSB too!
This CPU really has to be super cheap to make it worth investing in a dead-end system. I wouldn't do it if I were you. Better save your money and get a decent system in a while.

if the 3000+ rating is comparable to the 2400+ rating the fastest CPU will only be about 25% faster in the Athlon Performance rating. I would not spend a great deal of money on a possible 25% speed increase....



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