I've been building PCs for around 8 years now, although I took a 'sabitical' from PCs in 2004 when I switched to a Mac. The last PC I built was a Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4GHz PC that I overclocked to 3.2GHz,
I've now rejoined the PC community, and I built a cheap PC using a used Core 2 Duo E6300.
The E6300 is all well and good but I'd like abit more speed on the cheap.
So my options are all Skt 775 and I am looking at the Celeron E3300. Would it be the faster than my current C2D?
I've managed to get my C2D up to 2.4GHz Stably but won't go further.
I'm all abit confused by these new processors as when I left the PC World it was easy to distinguish the better processor mearly by clock speed. Rather than these days the difference just being a few more Mb of cache.
So will the E3300 be faster with it having 1Mb of cache less but having a higher clock speed than my E6300?
Also what kind of temperature would I expect an E3300 run at on stock cooling?
I doubt it, the Core 2 Duo is a bit faster than the Celeron. I'd stick with the E6300, how much can you spend? With applications which don't use much cache, the higher clock speed will be more beneficial.
I mainly use the PC for games, and general surfing of the net. The games I use are things like Rail Simulator and MS Flight Sim X amongst a few newer games like COD etc.
Its also used as a HTPC on Win 7 Media Center.
The E6300 seems a little bit of a bottleneck.
I did buy recently a Pentium E6700 but it was faulty (it was running at over 74C underload!) So that went back and it really didn't seem that much fast than the C2D really.
Ideally I want something cool enough to be run with no case fans when using has a HTPC and a good overclocker for when the games come out.
The C2D runs mid 30c's idle and early 60c's under heavy load at the moment.
Well, in most games cache is quite essential, just looks the comparisons between the E7000 and E8000 series, the E8000 has double the cache and perform very well in gaming benchmarks, but clock for clock in most applications they are similar.
Yep updated BIOS, etc etc. Tried everything. But alas doesn't work.
Plus Asustek have told me that they have no supporting motherboard, so its either junking this motherboard and OEM Windows 7 and getting a new board and another Win 7 licence or find the best CPU that this board supports that is new for £75-80 which is what I can afford!