Need Specs on Dell 8400 CPU... Should I upgrade?

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Recenty bought a Dell 8400 CPU, 3.0 ghz Hyperthreaded. It is a 5xx
series.

Via the Intel CPU Identification Utility this is an LGA 775 socket.
http://support.intel.com/support/processors/tools/piu/sb/CS-014921.htm

QUESTION: Wonder if it is worth upgrading to a 3.6GHZ if/when prices
drop? Or will I not really see a difference? I play some games and surf
the Internet but no programming. Have 1 gb of memory and 256mb GEforce
8600 card

I know these specs: (perhaps there is a better utility)

Thanks
Patty
 
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pattyjamas@hotmail.com wrote:
>
> Recenty bought a Dell 8400 CPU, 3.0 ghz Hyperthreaded. It is a 5xx
> series.
>
> Via the Intel CPU Identification Utility this is an LGA 775 socket.
> http://support.intel.com/support/processors/tools/piu/sb/CS-014921.htm
>
> QUESTION: Wonder if it is worth upgrading to a 3.6GHZ if/when prices
> drop? Or will I not really see a difference? I play some games and surf
> the Internet but no programming. Have 1 gb of memory and 256mb GEforce
> 8600 card

I think (I know!) people, over the years, have become obsessed
with purchasing the fastest processor possible.

Unless you're running huge number-crunching programs, sending
things into outer space, etc., a 3.0 GHz processor should be
*more* than adequate.

If, later, you get into heavy-duty gaming, swap out your video
card.

Notan
 
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<pattyjamas@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Recenty bought a Dell 8400 CPU, 3.0 ghz Hyperthreaded. It is a 5xx
> series.
>
> Via the Intel CPU Identification Utility this is an LGA 775 socket.
> http://support.intel.com/support/processors/tools/piu/sb/CS-014921.htm
>
> QUESTION: Wonder if it is worth upgrading to a 3.6GHZ if/when prices
> drop? Or will I not really see a difference? I play some games and surf
> the Internet but no programming. Have 1 gb of memory and 256mb GEforce
> 8600 card
>
> I know these specs: (perhaps there is a better utility)
>
> Thanks
> Patty

The system you have now is probably two to three times what you need given
your usage. Save your money!
 
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You are right. This is my first new machine in 6 years...still have a
Deskpro PIII 800mhz I upgraded from way back when.

Thanks,
Patty
 
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Yea got it refurbed via a seller on Ebay-not without problems. Bad
memory though. It was replaced.

Another question for you just to pique my thirst for knowledge, please.

I saw these processors - so out of curiousity. I am not sure if I ever
upgraded which to upgrade to?

QUESTION 1.: In essence I am not sure if I have an "E" or "EJ"
processor currently at 3ghz.
Pulled this from Newegg I believe.

A. Intel Pentium 4 w/ HT Technology - 3.6GHz Processor
(3.6GHz, 1MB, 800MHz FSB, Socket 775 - SKU: ***********BX80547PG3600E)
The Intel Pentium 4 560 processor is compatible with the LGA775 socket
and features a 3.6GHz operating frequency, an 800MHz front side bus, a
1MB L2 cache and Hyper Threading Technology. Get advanced performance
for today's productivity, digital imaging, music and entertainment
applications. The Intel Pentium 4 Processor provides the performance,
quality, and reliability demanded by consumer and business customers.


OR

B. Intel Pentium 4 560J w/ HT Technology - 3.6GHz Processor
*******(3.6GHz, 1MB, 800MHz - SKU: BX80547PG3600EJ)
This boxed Intel Pentium 4 560J processor is compatible with the LGA775
socket and features a 3.6GHz operating frequency, an 800MHz front side
bus, a 1MB L2 cache and Hyper Threading Technology.
*****This processor is an E0 step processor and includes support for
Execute Disable Bit, Thermal Monitor 2, and Enhanced Halt State. The
Intel Pentium 4 Processor provides the performance, quality, and
reliability demanded by consumer and business customers.

QUESTION 2L
Can a 6xx CPU (2mb L2 cache) be put in a Dell 8400 with a 5xx
CPU/chipset or would that conflict with perhaps the
BIOS or something else?

Thanks again-just trying to learn.
Patty
 
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pattyjamas@hotmail.com wrote:

> Recenty bought a Dell 8400 CPU, 3.0 ghz Hyperthreaded. It is a 5xx
> series.
>
> Via the Intel CPU Identification Utility this is an LGA 775 socket.
> http://support.intel.com/support/processors/tools/piu/sb/CS-014921.htm
>
> QUESTION: Wonder if it is worth upgrading to a 3.6GHZ if/when prices
> drop? Or will I not really see a difference? I play some games and surf
> the Internet but no programming. Have 1 gb of memory and 256mb GEforce
> 8600 card

Nah - the rule of thumb is that you need to double the processor speed
to notice it empirically. Definitely not worth the $$$.

Sounds like a pretty sweet system, actually.
 

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