Mobo: D865GLC/D865PESO Processor socket: MPGA478 My processor is currently pushing 2.97Ghz(with burn-in 4% overclock) I really need to upgrade for gaming and don't have 400-$900 dollars to spend on a dual core. What's the best processor I could put into my comp?. I know theres processors out there that emulate hyperthreading and or a dual core processor, but I've looked every where and I can't find one that's compatible for the rig I have. Need a better processor, help?.
Honestly dude there's no point spending the money on a system based on socket 478. You can't get dual cores, the best cards you can get for AGP aren't up to much compared to the mid-range PCI-E cards and would be seriously bottlenecked by the CPU anyway.
Compared to what you're running you can get a massive performance boost for comparatively very little cash.
As reynod said, you could find a pentium 4 at starmicro for 35 bucks(3.2ghz), and upgrade to a 3 series ati or up to a 7 series (maybe 6) nvidia, and you should be good to go, then you can save up for a hexa core next year :-)
best solution: cheap computer at local stores, 100-400$ deals and you can manage to get more performance than with your current celeron
you can't easily find any socket 478 anymore...end of life since a while.
use your motherboard site to find processors fitting and google it for availibility. http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/D865G...
Just make sure you dont go or another celeron as its lacks of cache and other features makes it a no go for gaming and high performance usage.
I would suggest you also add ram if you can, it is the poor man upgrade nowadays.
If you are able to find a decent no overprice agp go ahead it would be better than onbaord's