CPU & Motherboard Upgrade

My dad works for a Fortune 500 company. Fortunately, he has to design machinery, so he gets to custom order some of his computers.

The company is switching to Vista, and he has a P4 3.2 GHZ on a 478 sockets with an AGP graphics card. Since he runs CAD and data analysis programs, he really wants to upgrade.

The computer is an all in one, but very different from the iMac or Dell One...it's basically a full size case with a screen built into it. He has very little room for a HSF. Here are some pics: http://www.bsicomputer.com/portable/pcatxn9/pcatxn9_internal.htm

Here is is current motherboard: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asus-p4p800e.html

So, the question is 3 part:

1. Which CPU? (I was thinking wolfdale for lower heat)
2. which motherboard? (it has to be ATX)
3. Which HSF? (Is there a smaller one than stock on the market that works well?)

Thanks!
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  1. singingigo said:
    My dad works for a Fortune 500 company. Fortunately, he has to design machinery, so he gets to custom order some of his computers.

    The company is switching to Vista, and he has a P4 3.2 GHZ on a 478 sockets with an AGP graphics card. Since he runs CAD and data analysis programs, he really wants to upgrade.

    The computer is an all in one, but very different from the iMac or Dell One...it's basically a full size case with a screen built into it. He has very little room for a HSF. Here are some pics: http://www.bsicomputer.com/portable/pcatxn9/pcatxn9_internal.htm

    Here is is current motherboard: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asus-p4p800e.html

    So, the question is 3 part:

    1. Which CPU? (I was thinking wolfdale for lower heat)
    2. which motherboard? (it has to be ATX)
    3. Which HSF? (Is there a smaller one than stock on the market that works well?)

    Thanks!


    1. CPU either a E8400 or the Xeon 3110(same as a E8400 but with the Xeon name).
    2. Asus P5K-E WiFi/AP. Great mobo and supports every 45nm CPU out there. I have it and love it.
    3. HSF is hard. But this one is a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118030
    Now its not very high but is very wide. But it will keep it cool in that tight case.
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