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A reasonable 3.4 Ghz EE 478?

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I am looking for a processor to max out my current 478 rig.

I can't afford the full on upgrade and I figure if I am going to upgrade my motherboard I might as well go Nvidia 680i which means new proc, new video, new memory.

I can't afford to do all that right now so I am looking to buy a P4 3.4Ghz Extreme Edition for the 478 socket. The problem is, everybody on Ebay wants an arm, a leg and a night with my wife!!! For the prices they are asking, I COULD get the MB and low-end processor. Any ideas???

I would like to purchase a 3.4Ghz Extreme Edition for socket 478 if I can get one for $150 -- maybe $200. Anything over that and I might as well just put it away for upgrading someday IMHO.

Am I smoking crack or are there good deals to be had? If so where?
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post #2 of 6
3.4 extreme editions are expensive however with that u can get a good mobo 680i possibly and a 6300 maybe and OC the hell out of it but why go for extreme look into the lower core 2 models
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I would save up the money if I were you. Perhaps upgrade a component that you will need for your new rig but is compatible with your current one, like an X-Fi soundcard or a better CPU cooler. A better CPU cooler might allow you to get more out of your current processor, too.
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post #4 of 6
just overclock the hell out of your current cpu and save up for core 2 duo , the E4300 will be 113 $ in 6 months .
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post #5 of 6
Why buy older, slower hardware when newer, faster stuff can be had for less money?

See this price/performance curve graph: http://images.tomshardware.com/2006/...raph2_new2.jpg
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Delk,

I agree. I am trying to figure out ways to upgrade my current hardware with minimal costs before I got nuts and do the full blown, MB, memory, CPU and video card.

Ideally I would like to spend $200 or less. I am thinking that is going to be difficult.

The link doesn't work FYI.
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