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Ok so my buddy thinks I'm some sort of computer guru. Little does he know I have you guys . Anyway he brought his computer by that was having issues and after determining that it was a lost cause I decided to wipe his system and install win 7 on it. Thing is this system is pretty old. Hes using an hd 3650 with an Athlon 64 3000+ on a K8N Asus board that I still havnt found a match for.

Anyway I was thinking of replacing some of his stuff with some parts I have laying around and I ran across an Intel p4 3.0 chip and an MSI 865 PE NEO2 board along with upgrading his ram.

Question is, is this going to be any kind of performance boost to his system? Hes using it for school and to play WoW. If not I may as well keep his rig the same and clean it up some and maybe add a couple fans.

Thanks in advance for the replies.
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post #2 of 9
The p4 will be barely slightly better than the athlon, but if you dont mind, then id say give it a go. The RAM upgrade will be more significant, however Windows7 might strain under a single core. If he can spare a few bucks, theres a good chance that this will fit in the board with a bios flash, or you could look around for an older secondhand dual core chip. My athlon 6000+ runs like a champ and would recommend something similar if you can find it.
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Honestly I dont think a P4 is better than Athlon 64. P4 was more equal to Athlon XP line.
   
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Does he have any money to spend? Because for only $154 (includes tax & shipping), he could get:

$39.99 + $0.00 tax + $0.00 sh 4GB Mushkin DDR3 1333
$57.99 + $5.36 tax + $0.00 sh Athlon II x2 250 3.0 GHz
FREE + $3.70 tax + $0.00 sh Biostar N68S3+
$40.45 + $3.34 tax + $2.99 sh Antec Basiq 430W PSU

Reuse his case,video card, HDD, and presumably DVD drive and he'll be up and running WoW like a champ.

[edit]

Although, he may also be able to reuse the PSU as well, so yeah... more like $100.
Edited by Warhaven - 2/15/11 at 2:35pm
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Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post
Honestly I dont think a P4 is better than Athlon 64. P4 was more equal to Athlon XP line.
My thoughts exactly.

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Does he have any money to spend? Because for only $154 (includes tax & shipping), he could get:

$39.99 + $0.00 tax + $0.00 sh 4GB Mushkin DDR3 1333
$57.99 + $5.36 tax + $0.00 sh Athlon II x2 250 3.0 GHz
FREE + $3.70 tax + $0.00 sh Biostar N68S3+
$40.45 + $3.34 tax + $2.99 sh Antec Basiq 430W PSU

Reuse his case,video card, HDD, and presumably DVD drive and he'll be up and running WoW like a champ.

[edit]

Although, he may also be able to reuse the PSU as well, so yeah... more like $100.
This too.
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post #6 of 9
I have Windows 7 running well on my Athlon 64 3000+, on an MSI K8T Neo FIS2R, 1GB RAM, on a 40GB IDE drive, with an XFX FX5600.

Keep his existing rig and clean it up a little, I spent about £35 on mine, and got 512MB extra RAM (on it's way), a newish case (Akasa Zen, needing a little TLC), a wireless card (Belkin G+ USB), a 160GB WD IDE HDD, and used a couple of fans I had spare. It's currently doing good duty as a HTPC.
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For $39.99 you can get some decent Crucial 1333 CL7 memory (they should be back in stock real soon, they restock fast). Much better @ same price.
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For $39.99 you can get some decent Crucial 1333 CL7 memory (they should be back in stock real soon, they restock fast). Much better @ same price.
That's DDR3 Ram, at the most, the board supports ddr2. If you grab him a new board and proc though, grab that up.
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Thanks for the response. Yeah, I dont think he plans on putting any money into this. I just figured I'd hook up some spare parts laying around. Either way I'm going to try to help the guy out.
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