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Old 05-10-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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I've got an older computer and I'm looking to get a new processor since the socket on my motherboard is old enough that I can get a new one for under $100 and I think I'll do it.
My question is this: Is the Front-side bus on the CPU or is it separate?
I'm asking because, currently, I'm pretty sure I've got 533 MHz FSB and I know that the FSB is a huge factor in performance. If the FSB is on the chip, then I'd be able to get a chip that has an 800 MHz FSB and I should get a lot more from the chip.

And also, if the FSB isn't on the chip and I buy a new CPU, going from a 2.2 GHz Celeron to a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 Northwood, will I notice a large enough performance increase in the tasks like gaming and video encoding?
I've got a decent video card for this system, but I've reached the point where the CPU is my limitation in games and I think it may be worth it if there's be a big enough improvement to buy a new CPU.



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Old 05-10-2008, 04:09 PM   #2
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This might help a little.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_side_bus
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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a 533MHz fsb board will not support an 800MHz fsb processor

I doubt you'd notice much difference between those two processors tbh
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:27 PM   #4
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Alright. That's what I thought. I just couldn't remember well enough.

Anyway, what's the opinion of everyone about upgrading?
I know it's time for a new computer, but since I'm 16 and I'm looking for a job, buying a new computer is out of the question at the moment.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:48 AM   #5
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Specs on your current one?
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:55 PM   #6
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My current processor is a 2.2 ghz Celeron... I don't know many other specs about it. But I can tell you that it's about 4 years old, going on five, if that helps at all.
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ok you just sort of suggested you could spend $100 on a new motherboard i reccomend spending like $120 and you could get a fairly decnet CPU and Mobo for that
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:27 PM   #8
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If you do pick up a new cpu, get a cheap amd, and new mobo. I have a p4 northwood in a comp, and it was always 90-100% when I used to play css on it.
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