sox 06 wrote:
Its an old Essex2 motherboard that's seven (or so) years old and is in a Gateway. The specs of the board
say it can handle "Support for Intel® Pentium® 4 and Celeron™ processors 400/533-MHz System Data bus 478-pin ZIF socket" so I was wondering if I could get one of those processors, but just a faster one.The other specs/upgrades include:
-Intel Celeron 2.4GHz processor (single core I'm assuming)
-Diamond Xtreme sound card (extremely cheap
-NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS video card
-350W power supply
-HP USB TV tuner
-Windows XP Home Edition
The other thing that I'm wondering about is say I do overclock/upgrade the processor, the new processor would need more power to run right? I'm worried about this because that graphics cards needs a minimum of a 350W power supply and my power supply is 350W. Would that be a problem?
I'm not sure that you could even find one of those old chips to buy. That motherboard is ancient. AFA the overclocking, doesn't really take more power. If anything it requires more cooling, so it might need an extra fan or something in there. I doubt that motherboard will allow you to overclock anyway. If you go into the BIOS, there would be an item in there to adjsut the main bus speed. Most boards in pre-made boxes don't allow for that. You *might* see a bit of improvement going to a pentium chip from the celeron, but honestly, I recommend that you not put any more money into that box than you already have. You can probably find (as I did) a box for sale that is about two years old for dirt cheap and it will be a huge improvement. I replaced a Dell that had a 2.4Ghz chip in it that I bought in 2004 with a HP with an AMD chip that was made two years ago and it's night and day. Got the box + monitor + upgraded vid card for $200 off classifieds at work.
I'm considering donating the Dell box to a school or church or something, as it really has no use and is collecting dust. It's been suggested I turn it into a file server, or a video box like you're talking about, but my laptop and newish desktop have so much more storage and speed, I'd be better off using one of them in that role.
And if you do go the route of a used box with a 64-bit multi core chip, don't spend the money on extra ram beyond 4gigs or bother with a 64-bit OS unless you have a reason to go 64-bit. I've got Win7 Ultimate in 32- and 64-bit flavors, and run the 32-bit version on both my computers, because I run no 64-bit apps and the most memory either of them has is 3 gigs.