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Core Duo - Anyone give me a simple view of performance

 
 
Steve W
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      10th Mar 2007
I'm still using the PC I built in 1996, it's had a new case three changes
of PSU and motherboard, it's on it's second keyboard and third mouse...well
you get the idea.

It's a 2.6GHZ Pentium 4 processor these days but I can't get my head around
the core duo technology.

So simple question, if I want simple to improve my CPU raw processor power
by 30% for gaming, which core duo processor will give me that assuming I
stick with XP and don't change the performance of any other component? I
avoided the Pentium P60 mistake so don't want to get this one wrong.

Steve


 
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      10th Mar 2007

"Steve W" <steve> wrote in message news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> I'm still using the PC I built in 1996, it's had a new case three changes
> of PSU and motherboard, it's on it's second keyboard and third
> mouse...well you get the idea.
>
> It's a 2.6GHZ Pentium 4 processor these days but I can't get my head
> around the core duo technology.
>
> So simple question, if I want simple to improve my CPU raw processor
> power by 30% for gaming, which core duo processor will give me that
> assuming I stick with XP and don't change the performance of any other
> component? I avoided the Pentium P60 mistake so don't want to get this
> one wrong.
>
> Steve


Simple question, and a simple answer. I looked at the charts on
tomshardware. The closest processor they have (on the charts I saw) was a
LITTLE faster than your current processor. Still, using that one (a 2.8GHz
P4 something or other) for comparison, a core 2 duo E6400 or a core 2 duo
E6600 will give you somewhere between ~50% and (more than 100%) increase in
raw CPU processor power, according to various CPU benchmarks I read. ONE of
those CPU benchmarks was 3DMARK06, which is a gamer's benchmark. Three
other benchmarks were actual GAMES of some type. All the benchmarks agree.
The processor you are looking for is E6400 or E6600.

So there you have it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004
Core 2 Duo E6400 or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003
Core 2 Duo E6600

Both MORE than meet your 30% increase in CPU power for games, and that's
compared to a slightly faster processor than you are currently using! -Dave

 
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philo
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      10th Mar 2007

"Steve W" <steve> wrote in message news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> I'm still using the PC I built in 1996, it's had a new case three changes
> of PSU and motherboard, it's on it's second keyboard and third

mouse...well
> you get the idea.
>
> It's a 2.6GHZ Pentium 4 processor these days but I can't get my head

around
> the core duo technology.
>
> So simple question, if I want simple to improve my CPU raw processor

power
> by 30% for gaming, which core duo processor will give me that assuming I
> stick with XP and don't change the performance of any other component? I
> avoided the Pentium P60 mistake so don't want to get this one wrong.
>
> Steve
>
>


Have a look at the Asus P5N-E (Newegg has them)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131142

It will supports both dual and quad core CPU's

so you can get the dual core now...
and if the prices come down to something affordable...
the quad core later


 
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Trimble Bracegirdle
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      10th Mar 2007
I agonized for months over upgrade from P4 , AGP , IDE , DDR (1 not 2).
To core 2 duo & I'm just about to start up the resulting 'new' machine.
I feel certain (now) that Core2Duo is 'a good settled thing' now for a few
years..
equivalent to the situation around 3 1/2 years back looking then at P4's .
Core two 'D' type is the equivalent to Pentium 60 (Hot man Hot).
AMD is no doubt wonderfull but the range is so large & confusing AND high
priced at the moment ...Intel will continue to rule if only just, for at
least a few more years.

Perhaps your focusing to much on the Processor . For games its a lot about
the Graphic Card & to some extent 2 gigs of mem.. In my new machine (if it
starts !) that Graphics card is the most expensive single item.

One thing I and you will find is that it is almost impossible to
use older machine parts for an upgrade type route .. you will HAVE to have
PCI-E graphics not AGP , DDR2 not DDR1 mem. SATA not IDE drives
(you can get cheap converters tho.)
I've not ever known a time in my 18 Home PC years when upgrade meant
'buy everything new'...Even if your current PSU / Case is up to new needs
it will make no sense to unhouse its existing bits...keep it as 2nd
That 2nd backup machine is as essential IMHO to stay-sane (just) when things
go wrong .
@@@
That lovely old joke (Trigger ?) "I've had the same one for years ..just a
new bit
of that..& 2 new parts of this ...& 3 or 4 of those ..And of cause you
have to replace that other bit....look after it & it will for ever"
Sigh ! if only ...won't work this upgrade time .
(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(") If only Bunnies ruled.


 
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      12th Mar 2007

"Steve W" <steve> wrote in message news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> I'm still using the PC I built in 1996, it's had a new case three changes
> of PSU and motherboard, it's on it's second keyboard and third
> mouse...well you get the idea.
>
> It's a 2.6GHZ Pentium 4 processor these days but I can't get my head
> around the core duo technology.
>
> So simple question, if I want simple to improve my CPU raw processor
> power by 30% for gaming, which core duo processor will give me that
> assuming I stick with XP and don't change the performance of any other
> component? I avoided the Pentium P60 mistake so don't want to get this
> one wrong.
>


Even the slowest core 2 duo CPU will blow away your P4.


 
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"FKS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:ZV5Jh.1433$(E-Mail Removed)...
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> "Steve W" <steve> wrote in message news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>> I'm still using the PC I built in 1996, it's had a new case three
>> changes of PSU and motherboard, it's on it's second keyboard and third
>> mouse...well you get the idea.
>>
>> It's a 2.6GHZ Pentium 4 processor these days but I can't get my head
>> around the core duo technology.
>>
>> So simple question, if I want simple to improve my CPU raw processor
>> power by 30% for gaming, which core duo processor will give me that
>> assuming I stick with XP and don't change the performance of any other
>> component? I avoided the Pentium P60 mistake so don't want to get this
>> one wrong.
>>

>
> Even the slowest core 2 duo CPU will blow away your P4.
>

Thanks guys - really useful stuff here.

Regards

Steve


 
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