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C2Q9300 or Pentium 4 640?

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Hey guys, seeing what you think here, I'm throwing together a tech desktop from an old dell workstation. I've got a Pentium 4 640 inside it right now but I've got a Q9300 sitting on my desk that should work in it as well. Which do you think is better? thumb.gif

I'll be using this machine to run multiple programs at once like outlook, web browser with many tabs, av scans, and hd tests.

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6 GB DDR2
80 WD Raptor SATA HD

here is the P4 spec sheet:
http://ark.intel.com/products/27480/Intel-Pentium-4-Processor-640-supporting-HT-Technology-2M-Cache-3_20-GHz-800-MHz-FSB

and here is the Q9300 spec sheet:
http://ark.intel.com/products/33922/Intel-Core2-Quad-Processor-Q9300-6M-Cache-2_50-GHz-1333-MHz-FSB
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post #2 of 12
Is this a joke? The Q9300 is like 3 times as fast as any P4, overclocked or not. P4s are power-hungry, slow for multitasking, and completely obsolete.

Definitely the Q9300, unless you like torturing yourself with a single-core, Sempron equivalent.
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agh, i just found out this dells chipset cant do C2Q mad.gif oh well
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post #4 of 12
What mobo is it? I know it's probably some OEM junk, but if it's a compatible socket, there could be a BIOS update for it.
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post #5 of 12
Most you'll probably be able to run is a Pentium D which even then probably isn't worth getting as you can just get a new chip and motherboard for cheap that would perform 300% better thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Most you'll probably be able to run is a Pentium D which even then probably isn't worth getting as you can just get a new chip and motherboard for cheap that would perform 300% better thumb.gif

Pentium D Still P4 based gunner.gif
Pentium 4's were never that good. If you can you would be better off getting a 800mhz fsb c2d if your board supports it. Half the time even if it doesnt say it will support them they still work. you can pick them up for under 20 bucks on ebay.
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i found it supports a E6300 which i have: http://ark.intel.com/products/27248/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-E6300-2M-Cache-1_86-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB

is an E6300 still better than a P4 640?
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by silverh20 View Post

i found it supports a E6300 which i have: http://ark.intel.com/products/27248/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-E6300-2M-Cache-1_86-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB

is an E6300 still better than a P4 640?
By a country mile.
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by silverh20 View Post

i found it supports a E6300 which i have: http://ark.intel.com/products/27248/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-E6300-2M-Cache-1_86-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB
is an E6300 still better than a P4 640?

Yes, by far.
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post #10 of 12
Don't let the high clock speed of a P4 confuse you. Divide it by 10 and you have a basic idea of how fast it is.

3.2 Ghz? More like 320Mhz.
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