Upgrading form older 754 athlon64-3700+, 2 g corsair xms ram,500w psu,DFI Lan Party nf3-250 board.old stuff but works. Does not multi task well. There is a Radeon 1600 vid card. WD drives 1.5;;;
Yeah, that's a bit dated. Some of those old AMD units work forever if they made it past the first couple years. I have an Athlon XP 3200+ on an NForce 2 Ultra 400 board that runs absolutely flawlessly in my HTPC.
firstly,would the AMD dual core black 550 and good ram,new board be a noticeably welcomed improvement in speed and
working with it? The Intel 8400 seems to still beat it.
Yes, the Phenom II 550BE will be significantly faster than the 3700+ no matter what you're doing. The E8400 is a little faster in certain programs, but the E8400 also costs as much as Phenom II X4s, which would pound the E8400 in many things.
Secondly, I may assume the slightly bigger and more expensive quad core AMD's would also belittle this old system?
Absolutely. Your 3700+ is a 2.2 GHz K8 with a single channel of memory. The Phenom IIs are going to be something like 25-30% faster clock-for-clock than your 3700+. Plus, the faster Phenom IIs are clocked about 50% higher than your 3700+. You're going to see a big improvement in single-threaded tasks due to that, plus you have one, two, or three more cores than your current CPU has, which will make a tremendous difference in multitasking ability.
I will use a new build for graphics,music with mixing,and typical web stuff and videos.
Also,I write and will need to work swiftly with documents...no gaming,really,but I admire skills with that. Accordingly,my ancient Radeon 9800pro vid card used to render terrific still photographs...would a video card in the 100-125 dollar range
get me where I need to be? And the next question,you guessed it,does it matter
if ATI -based or Nvidia?
This one recommended to me has all three: vga,dig,and hdmi.
The specs of the memory controlling,speed of the processors above are way beyond what I have now.
Furthermore,the idea of even better video and plain graphic is rather cool.
If not the Black 550,Ill probably get a full-n 3.4 quad,unless the price of that e8400 shows up here in USA cheaper than nearly 200 bucks.
My initial posting was well received and I thank you all. I am not used to Intel other other folks' P4 rigs. The hyper-threading capabilities that go along with Intel should be matched adequately by these AMD models. My rig is dicey on multi-tasks,humorously so. The best idea leaving room for improvement,would be a good board and a hot dual core,great card and boat-load of RAM. I may then in the future upgrade only the processor.hopefully! (?)
The better-end ASUS boards? haven't found much mention of DFI....