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    Looking to better my old(ish) P4 3.06GHz and was wondering out the list below whats the better?

    Intel® Atom Processor N270 (512K Cache, 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)
    Intel Celeron 450 processor (2.2GHz, 512KB Cache)
    AMD Athlon X2 3250e Dual-Core processor (1.55GHz, 1MB Cache)

    Any thought people, not being computer savvy they are just numbers to me :o|

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    I'd go for the Athlon, but as its AMD will not work in a board that has a pentium processor to be honest if you are upgrading a P4 based PC you may be better starting from scratch depending what you use it for.

    I doubt very much you would be able to put a new processor in your machine.
    If it has an old P4 then theres going to be compatibility problems installing a newer chip onto your old motherboard.
    Same with anything AMD, they just wont work.

    What system do you have ?
    Just google it and post a link and someone can give ya advice on the best upgrade.

    Those options are a downgrade.
    You want something like ]THIS:thumbsup:

    You'll also need to upgrade your ram, motherboard, possibly the graphics card and the psu aswell.

    Seeing as your's still on P4, I'm guessing the motherboard is quite old and has an AGP port for the graphics card. Newer one's come with a PCI-E slot which is completely different.

    If you can let me know a budget, I can help configure/recommond some components which would be a massive upgrade from what you have right now

    None of those processors would be faster on single threaded applications. The althlon might just be fast on some multithreaded apps if they make good use of the updated insctruction sets.

    Original Poster

    OK chaps thanks for the posts!!!

    After a re-think I thought - scrap the idea of upgrading this box and start from scratch... pretty sure this old Dell Optiplex 320 hasn't got much further to go in the upgrade stakes...

    Anyone know if if a system like this currys.co.uk/mar…387 in a small form factor could be build cheaper?

    Cheers

    Dusty;7792565

    OK chaps thanks for the posts!!! After a re-think I thought - scrap the … OK chaps thanks for the posts!!! After a re-think I thought - scrap the idea of upgrading this box and start from scratch... pretty sure this old Dell Optiplex 320 hasn't got much further to go in the upgrade stakes...Anyone know if if a system like this http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/[email protected]@@@[email protected]@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdfadejiieejflcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=308753&category_oid=-26387 in a small form factor could be build cheaper?Cheers



    If you're not satisfied with a Pentium 4 3Ghz then are you sure a slow, low power processor like the 3250e is a good choice?

    You could build your own mini-ITX system, I don't know if you'd manage it for new at that price. That one is refurbished so you may be able to do it second hand. Have a look at mini-itx.com/ and linitx.com/
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