I currently have the following CPU as reported by cpuz:
Name Intel Pentium 4
Code name Northwood
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz
Extended Family/Model 0/0
Brand ID 9
Core Stepping D1
Instructions Sets MMX, SSE, SSE2
Clock Speed 3398.3 MHz
Clock multiplier x17.0
Front Side Bus Frequency 199.9 MHz
Bus Speed 799.6 MHz
Stock frequency 3400 MHz
My current mainboard does not support PCI-E slots which I need so I can upgrade to an nVidia based 7800-GTX based graphics card.
I would like recommedations on a mainboard for which I can insert this CPU .
Also, I found an article on Microsoft's site on how to upgrade my Windows for use with a new motherboard. Has anyone done that? Is it fairly painless? I intend to backup important files before I do anything, but I was wondering if it an fairly painless procedure. I have worked inside my PC before and have built one from parts, but I'm no expert and haven't upgraded just a mainboard before.
Given my current cpu specs above, can you suggest a CPU mobo combo? I'm behind on how CPU's are rated these days. I know that Intel have gone away from rating them by their clock speed (e. g. 3.4GHz) and now use a numbering system.
Would this CPU (found at NewEgg.com) be as fast as my current setup?
Dual core 820 will work, but beware of the heat issues. I get my combo deals at Fry's electronics, where the motherboard is almost free on their best deals. If you use your pc mostly for gaming, I would go for a single core amd cpu. My 754 is so cool that the heatsink fan runs at 0 rpm most of the time. My 939 runs at about 1500. Amd dual cores cost more, but are clearly a better cpu, whether you run a 32 bit or 64 bit windows operating system. The boards for amd dual core are cheaper than most Intel chipset boards. The nforce4 boards (chaintech) start at only $54.95 at newegg. For a single core amd, the 3700 San Diego processor is a great choice at about $220 with heatsink. I retired my 2.8c because of heat and stability issues with my ram. That same ddram runs fine with my amd setup and all 4 dimm slots filled at 200 fsb (400 speed).
The San Diego 3700 will be faster than the 3.4c. It's a good bang for the buck choice. I also suggest you select a board that's recommended for your current memory by searching the manufacturer's website before ordering.