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P4 2GHz / socket 478 motherboard upgrade?

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August 25, 2003 8:01:30 PM

I have an 18 month old Dell w/a P4 2ghz (512 L2)/socket 478 w/Rambus memory. Rather than hemmorage $$$ to buy 512mb of PC800 Rambus, I'm thinking about buying a new mobo w/the appropriate flavor of DDR memory. Anyone know the what the best board/memory speed combo will work for my P4 chip w/400mhz FSB? Thank you in advance for your help.

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August 25, 2003 11:38:47 PM

I'm curious. Why do you think this upgrade will help you?

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August 25, 2003 11:42:46 PM

It would be as a means to an end. B/c PC800 Rambus would run approx $160 for 2 256 RIMMs, and DDR seems to be dirt cheap, perhaps I could just get a new [faster?] mobo and DDR memory for less. Do you think it is too much of a gamble for stability, or that it would end up being considerably more expensive than just buying the RIMMs? Thanks for the post.
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August 26, 2003 2:38:49 AM

You'd be best advised to shop around for a better price on RDRAM.

In order to get the same bandwidth from DDR as you have with RDRAM on your "400" bus processor, you'd have to use either PC3200 in single channel mode (no chipsets support this option with your CPU to my knowlege), or go Dual Channel with a very GOOD dual channel board!

Plus you'd have to replace your case!

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August 26, 2003 6:00:29 AM

I don't think you need to upgrade your pc. all the components of your pc are all right. If you do want to upgrade, please wait for the P5 CPU, it will be put on martket soon.
August 27, 2003 12:04:35 AM

do you think it is even worth upgrading the memory at all? if so, what would be the biggest value upgrade (price/performance)? it would cost approx $90 for an addt'l 256 (total of 512) or $160 for 512 (total of 768)?
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August 27, 2003 3:22:25 AM

Most people will see a noticeable improvement going from 256MB to 512MB, but some programs will like more than that.

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August 27, 2003 10:08:07 PM

If your running windows 98/ME don't even think about going over 512MB.

Otherwise it is your choice.

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September 3, 2003 5:28:05 PM

I may play a few games (1942, HL 2, etc) but probably won't mess around w/video/photo editing for another year -- and even then i'd consider myself only a hobbyist. based on that, would you suggest looking at upgrading to 512 or something more? I would only spend 2 times the money if it made a huge difference and really openned up the door for future apps.
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September 3, 2003 10:00:03 PM

I find 1024MB to be ideal, but considering you won't be doing anything requiring large amounts of memory, 512MB would be fine. You can always get more later, when you need it.

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