So ... If I have 4GB of PC3200 DDR and great cooling ... running at stock-clock (3.2GHz) and, if I have an AGP8X 7600GT Turbo (or better?) ... Will I be able to surf and run modest audio studio apps ???
IF ... I strip Win7-64 down to it's simplest "legacy/classic" type feature set (no fancy graphics/anim) ... no disk indexing ... none of the background funk ... Do you think it would be viable?
Wonder how it might bench against various ATOMs ?
I am currently running XPP/SP3 and watching all sorts of internet content at hi rez without choking .... With XP, this old box still runs slick ... What will "happen" if I try ANY version of Win7-64 ???
On April 14, 2003, Intel launched the new Pentium 4 HT processor. This processor used a 800 MHz FSB, was clocked at 3 GHz, and had Hyper-Threading Technology (which is what the HT moniker represents). This was meant to help the Pentium 4 better compete with AMD's Opteron line of processors. However, when the Opteron was launched, due to its server-oriented positioning motherboard manufacturers did not initially build motherboards with AGP controllers. Because AGP was the primary graphics expansion port at the time, this missing feature prevented the Opteron from encroaching on the Pentium 4's market segment. With the launch of the Athlon XP 3200+, AMD boosted the Athlon XP's FSB speed from 333 MHz to 400 MHz, but it was not enough to hold off the new 3 GHz Pentium 4 HT. The Pentium 4 HT's bandwidth levels were well out of reach for the Athlon, which would achieve the same bandwidth if its EV6 FSB was clocked to speeds unreachable at the time. 2.4 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 2.8 GHz variants were released on May 21, 2003. A 3.2 GHz variant was launched on June 23, 2003 and the final 3.4 GHz version arrived on February 2, 2004.
I don't think you'll see any problem really. Our test machine at work was a 1.6 Ghz Pentium 4 with 1GB of ram, and integrated graphics, and it ran Windows 7 just fine, although with "limited" eye candy.
If you find any problem using Win7 x86 with your system, try to turn off any aero related items and perhaps some extra RAM.
Some Atom netbooks currently sold on the market are using Win7 x86.
My principal for you : Anything that can run on Atoms can run on any system starting from P4 can run it better....sometime I would also put PIII on the list..