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Old 05-04-2010, 04:15 PM   #1
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I want to upgrade from Pentium 4 2.66 GHz to Pentium 4 3.4 GHz. I don't have much knowledge with PC's and looking for some help.

Here are some of my PC details:
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[ BIOS ]

    BIOS Properties:
      Vendor                                            Phoenix/Award Technologies, LTD
      Version                                           6.00 PG
      Release Date                                      03/04/2004
      Size                                              256 KB
      Boot Devices                                      Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
      Capabilities                                      Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD
      Supported Standards                               DMI, APM, ACPI, ESCD, PnP
      Expansion Capabilities                            ISA, PCI, AGP, USB

  [ System ]

    System Properties:
      Manufacturer                                      AOpen
      Product                                           MX46-800N
      Serial Number                                     12
      Wake-Up Type                                      Power Switch

  [ Motherboard ]

    Motherboard Properties:
      Manufacturer                                      AOpen
      Product                                           MX46-800N
      Version                                           9189u10007
      Serial Number                                     i0400175lf73

  [ Chassis ]

    Chassis Properties:
      Chassis Type                                      Desktop Case

  [ Memory Controller ]

    Memory Controller Properties:
      Error Detection Method                            None
      Error Correction                                  None
      Supported Memory Interleave                       1-Way
      Current Memory Interleave                         1-Way
      Supported Memory Types                            DIMM, SDRAM
      Supported Memory Voltages                         3.3V
      Maximum Memory Module Size                        1024 MB
      Memory Slots                                      2

  [ Processors / Intel Pentium(R) 4 ]

    Processor Properties:
      Manufacturer                                      Intel
      Version                                           Intel Pentium(R) 4
      External Clock                                    140 MHz
      Current Clock                                     2800 MHz
      Type                                              Central Processor
      Status                                            Enabled
      Upgrade                                           ZIF
      Socket Designation                                Socket 478
With these details, I would Appreciate it very much if someone can tell me if my PC would take this Processor:

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Pentium 4 3.4 GHz Socket 478 3.40GHZ/1M/800 SL7E6

General information
Type 	CPU / Microprocessor
Family 	Intel Pentium 4
Part number 	BX80546PG3400E
RK80546PG0961M
Processor markings 	3.40GHZ/1M/800
Frequency (GHz) 	3.4
Bus speed (MHz)  	800
Clock multiplier  	17
Package type 	478-pin FC-mPGA4
Socket type 	Socket 478 (mPGA478B)
 
Architecture / Microarchitecture / Other
CPUID 	0F34h
Core stepping 	D0
Next stepping 	Q59U
Processor core 	Prescott
Manufacturing technology (micron) 	0.09
L2 cache size (KB)  	1024
Features 	Hyper-Threading technology
Core voltage (V) 	1.25 - 1.4
Case temperature (C) 	73.2
Hyper-Threading 	Y
Thank you for your Help!
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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It's really not a big upgrade at all, and it's quite outdated. You would be better just investing in a new system.
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It's really not a big upgrade at all, and it's quite outdated. You would be better just investing in a new system.
Probably a new mobo+cpu would be all it would take.

BTW, what are you using this computer for?
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As long as he's on DDR2 he could get a pretty big boost for not a lot of money, depending on what he's doing.
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Thank you for the replies, I appreciate them very much!

At the moment I am using this computer for basic home use; (browsing internet, facebook, myspace etc). Although I would like to update for * Cough! PC gaming!!!. I only have a 250 budget, any suggested would again be much appreciated!
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I would get a cheap am2+ board, an athlon ii 620, and something like a HD 4850.

I do not know anywhere in England with reasonable prices, so I suggest checking eBay first.

Edit: you also need some DDR2. Check what all that will cost, and we can make adjustments if necessary.
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I want to upgrade from Pentium 4 2.66 GHz to Pentium 4 3.4 GHz. I don't have much knowledge with PC's and looking for some help.
As long as you have access to the BUS/RAM speeds in the BIOS you'll be ok to go with it. They work on different bus speeds. Here's a few pointers though...

The 3.4Ghz CPU has a max TDP of 103W compared to 67W for the 2.66Ghz model so you will need a better CPU cooler.

But you should see the benefits, the 3.4 has hyperthreading (2 virtual cores) and comes with 1MB L2 cache, double the cache size of the 2.66.

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Thank you for the replies, I appreciate them very much!

At the moment I am using this computer for basic home use; (browsing internet, facebook, myspace etc). Although I would like to update for * Cough! PC gaming!!!. I only have a 250 budget, any suggested would again be much appreciated!
You can get some Mobo,CPU and RAM deals but these rely on on-board GPU's for graphics.
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