Overclocking Brainteaser

A man has £400-ish (or $ equivalent)

He can either buy:

1) P4 3.06Ghz HT

2) XP2500+ & motherboard & 1024MB of Corsair Low Latency XMS 3200 memory.

With overclocking etc., which would be faster?

(this is all hypothetical, btw - I am quite happy with my current setup, but the OC potential of the Barton is interesting).
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  1. I'm generallizing a bit, but the P4 will be faster. Still, I would get the 2500+ and the memory.

    Call me Caine.
  2. Number 2 because number 1 doesnt have anything to run in?? Is this supposed to be a brainteaser or are you after real suggestions?? Im confused :-(

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  3. yeah what's the memory setup for situation 1?
    i bet an overclocked 3.06 outdoes an overclocked 2500+

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  4. Well, I was just wondering if an OC'd XP2500 with decent memory could match the P4. The P4 could be overclocked too, but this is more of a money saving thing (i.e. why spend so much on the P4).
  5. Buy the 2500+ and the memory- it will be much cheaper and it will be nice to have a gig of ram.
  6. then why don't you buy a 2.4 that ll run at 3.06 and then you can also buy that ram :-p

    Remember the time You used 20Mb harddrives
  7. then why don't you buy a 2.4 that ll run at 3.06 and then you can also buy that ram :-p

    Remember the time You used 20Mb harddrives
  8. Go for option 2, option 1 will require another 400 for a board & memory...

    Hmmm, wonder if I can get a valid page fault ???
    these invalid ones are far too commonplace...
  9. Second one: you get a kick ass OC CPU and fast memory... at top speed it should be able to outperform the 3.06 GHz P4 in some benchmarks. Also the P4 3.06 GHz needs some serious cooling as at default speed with full load it produces 85W of heat... who said Athlons where the only hot CPUs?

    My dual-PSU PC is so powerfull that the neighbourhood dims when I turn it on :eek:
  10. The P4 3.06 GHz will run in an Asus P4PE.
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