I have an out dated gateway computer. I want to salvage what I can from it to make a "new" box. There's no way I'm going to convince the wife to let me go buy one. I'm going to salvage the processor and overclock it as much as possible. The processor is a P4 2.93 ghz. I'd like to have a board that allows me to up the bus 1 mhz at a time as well as generous voltage selection. I haven't done this in a while so to say I'm out of the loop is an under statement but I have the basic skills required. Right now I'm researching boards and I'm looking for suggestions to suit my purpose. The graphics would have to be either on board or agp because all i have right now are agp cards. Other than that the usual suspects... network audio stuff like that.
TBH, i dont believe you can get acceptable performance out of a P4. They put out A LOT of heat too, overclocking the thing safely is going to cost you a lot of money cooling wise. If you wan a basic computer than can crunch number fairly well....spend your money on this
1- What exactly model of processor do you have?, because not all the P4 are socket 775.
2- With a good mobo, and correct form of OC, you can get 4GHz or more from a P4. But that depends of a good cooler.
Hmmm Thanks for the thoughts. I think I'll likely go for a processor as well. I new that heat was an issue with p4's but the system it's in now rarely turns the case fan on. It does when doing some video conversions but even then not on high. So I was hoping maybe it might work.
Not really worth it. You can get a much better mobo and CPU for not much money these days. You can pick up an AMD triple or quad core with a mobo for less than $150 (especially if you have a Frys Electronics, or Microcenter nearby).