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Gizzo
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      06-15-2005, 03:03 PM
I have an Asus P4B motherboard. I just bought a BFG 6600 GT which is great.

I have a 1.7 ghz P4 and 512 mb ram.

What is the max processor I can have to replace the 1.7 ghz processor?

Thanks
Giz
 
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      06-15-2005, 03:41 PM
Gizzo wrote on Wed, 15 Jun 2005 11:03:37 -0400:

> I have an Asus P4B motherboard. I just bought a BFG 6600 GT which is
> great.
>
> I have a 1.7 ghz P4 and 512 mb ram.
>
> What is the max processor I can have to replace the 1.7 ghz processor?


http://www.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=P4B

According to that, up to 2.4Ghz using a P4 Willametta/Northwood

Dan


 
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      06-15-2005, 05:03 PM
On Wed, 15 Jun 2005 16:41:41 +0100, "Spack" <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>Gizzo wrote on Wed, 15 Jun 2005 11:03:37 -0400:
>
>> I have an Asus P4B motherboard. I just bought a BFG 6600 GT which is
>> great.
>>
>> I have a 1.7 ghz P4 and 512 mb ram.
>>
>> What is the max processor I can have to replace the 1.7 ghz processor?

>
>http://www.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=P4B
>
>According to that, up to 2.4Ghz using a P4 Willametta/Northwood
>
>Dan


That would be a pretty miserable upgrade.

Since you just bought an AGP card, I would recommend you go with an
AMD Socket 939 processor paired with an NForce 3 based board like the
MSI K8N Neo2 which supports AGP vid cards. You can run the fastest
AMD processor on the planet (except for dual core, which *may* be
supported with a future bios update) and won't have to chuck your new
AGP card. Intel's fastest processors (chipsets) do not support AGP
cards.

A 2.4 Intel will cost you $130. The K8N Neo2 is also $130 so that's a
wash. A Venice core 3000+ is $150 and a 3200+ is $190. So you can
spend $130 and upgrade to a 2.4 Intel which is not much of an upgrade,
or you can spend $280 - $320 and get a *really* fast system with the
possibility of going dual core down the road. If your vid card starts
holding you back you could still drop in a 6800 GT or Ultra.
 
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dawg
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      06-15-2005, 07:17 PM
2.4 + overclocking.Might get 2.8 depending on quality of ram,mobo.

"Folk" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 15 Jun 2005 16:41:41 +0100, "Spack" <(E-Mail Removed)>
> wrote:
>
> >Gizzo wrote on Wed, 15 Jun 2005 11:03:37 -0400:
> >
> >> I have an Asus P4B motherboard. I just bought a BFG 6600 GT which is
> >> great.
> >>
> >> I have a 1.7 ghz P4 and 512 mb ram.
> >>
> >> What is the max processor I can have to replace the 1.7 ghz processor?

> >
> >http://www.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=P4B
> >
> >According to that, up to 2.4Ghz using a P4 Willametta/Northwood
> >
> >Dan

>
> That would be a pretty miserable upgrade.
>
> Since you just bought an AGP card, I would recommend you go with an
> AMD Socket 939 processor paired with an NForce 3 based board like the
> MSI K8N Neo2 which supports AGP vid cards. You can run the fastest
> AMD processor on the planet (except for dual core, which *may* be
> supported with a future bios update) and won't have to chuck your new
> AGP card. Intel's fastest processors (chipsets) do not support AGP
> cards.
>
> A 2.4 Intel will cost you $130. The K8N Neo2 is also $130 so that's a
> wash. A Venice core 3000+ is $150 and a 3200+ is $190. So you can
> spend $130 and upgrade to a 2.4 Intel which is not much of an upgrade,
> or you can spend $280 - $320 and get a *really* fast system with the
> possibility of going dual core down the road. If your vid card starts
> holding you back you could still drop in a 6800 GT or Ultra.



 
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Bob Knowlden
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      06-16-2005, 12:11 AM
http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/c...Language=en-us

Search by motherboard, Socket 478, P4B.

The fastest P4 listed is a 2.6 GHz "Northwood" CPU with a 400 MHz FSB (front
side bus). It requires BIOS 1011 or later.

That CPU may be hard to find new. (It's already old.) As the P4B uses
PC100/PC133 SDRAM, you'd have to replace that as well if you went for a more
up-to-date mainboard.

You have stepped onto the "slippery slope" of upgrades. To answer a question
that you haven't asked,

http://www.sharkyextreme.com/guides/...le.php/3501646

"April Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide"

At www.newegg.com, a retail Socket 754 Athlon 64 3000+ is $146 (free
shipping), the Gigabyte GA-K8NS Pro mainboard is $88 (+$3.50), and a single
512 MB stick of Corsair Value Select PC3200 DDR is $40.50 (+$3.83). This
adds up to a bit over $280, but it would give you a much more capable gaming
system than anything you could achieve with your current P4B. I'd prefer
Socket 939 and dual-channel memory, but that raises the price.

I'm not an anti-Intel zealot, but the A64 systems are supposed to outperform
similarly priced Intel systems in gaming. If you're running applications
software, an Intel system might be better. As you bought a 6600GT, that
suggests that you're interested in games.

Have fun.

Address scrambled. Replace nkbob with bobkn.

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I have an Asus P4B motherboard. I just bought a BFG 6600 GT which is great.

I have a 1.7 ghz P4 and 512 mb ram.

What is the max processor I can have to replace the 1.7 ghz processor?

Thanks
Giz


 
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