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My mom's PC has been struggling lately. It's an old Dell Dimension DIM4700. It's got a P4 520 @ 2.8. I believe this is a single core with hyper threading to appear as two cores, is that correct? The PC needs some more memory pretty badly, it only has 512MB. The other issue is she keeps it in a cabinet (no door) and it gets way too hot and the fan is very very loud.

I'm running into a couple issues, I can easily swap in some more RAM, but from what I have seen it does not use a standard LGA775 HSF. So it would be near impossible for me to upgrade the cooling in order to quiet it down. I have a spare Athlon x2 4600+, am2 mobo, 1GB of RAM and HSF laying around. If I give her this I would just need to pick up a new case / psu. I don't want to take her backwards though. So would the Athlon x2 4600+ (2.4GHz) be a better cpu than the P4 520. Anyone know of an aftermarket HSF that will work with the DIM4700 mobo? It takes a square HSF bracket unlike the pushpins that the LGA775 appear to take.
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First of all the Athlon x2 is much much faster than the single core P4 (even a single core Athlon 64 would be faster) and it would consume less, so less heat and noise. About the case and PSU I advice you to go for something second hand, they can easily be found for 10-15$; a new case would have the advantage it uses classic layout, so a bog standard 5$ AMD cooler would work. If this PC should last a while then maybe a new quality PSU like the 40$ 380W Antec Earthwatts is a better choice as it is powerful enough, efficient and folks using it vouch for its quality.
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I have an OE AMD cooler to use. I think from my Phenom (it has the heat pipes). Not a whole lot of second hand stuff around here but a $30-45 case with a cheap PSU should be fine. I just wanted to make sure it would indeed be a worthwhile upgrade.
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Go with the amd setup. Much faster, 2 real cores and 64bit.
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There is no place for pentium 4's in the modern world. Tell mom to buy a new computer for $300
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