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P4 Upgrade advice required


grendel64

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I am using a Dell Optiplex GX620 system with a Dell 0FH884 motherboard and a Pentium 4 2.8GHz single core processor (775LGA socket). OS is Windows 7 Professional(32bit) and system has 4Gb ram and NVidia GeForce GT520 1Gb graphics card. As I can't afford to replace the whole system at the moment, I am considering a chipset upgrade to speed up the system. I would like to know if this is worth doing and, if so, suggestions for a suitable upgrade or whether I should just make do until I can afford to replace the whole system?

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Batch

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Personally I would think that the rest of the system (bus, memory, disk etc) is likely to act as too much of a bottleneck to reap enough in the way of benefits compared with buying a new system unit.

BTW, when you say "chipset" do you mean the mobo chipset as opposed to the processor? I could imagine all sorts of compatibility issues arising if you were to try upgrading the chipset rather than the processor.

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grendel64

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Thanks for the interest,Batch. Consideration is for processor.

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Batch

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The bus speed, memory speed and disk speed will all be unaffected by upgrading the processor.

If you're system still uses an IDE hard drive and your mobo has SATA interfaces, switching to a SATA disk (at about £40) would help and I'd say a lot less hassle than changing processor.

I'm currently using a P4 3.06Ghz as my main PC and switching disk certainly helped.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Forget it and save your money for a new system

some thongs to try:

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Superantispyware [http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html][2]

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials [http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx][3] Avast [http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download][4]

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. [http://www.blackviper.com/][5]

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at [http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905][6] to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try [memtest][7]

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Chronos the 2nd

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Fruit bat

some thongs to try:

I thought this post is going to be interesting.lol

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Chronos the 2nd

Re my post regarding English in your thread :0)

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