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Which is the oldest cpu from 1990\2002 best suited for internet?

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August 1, 2010 11:43:00 AM

I know this is a odd question but for oldschool enthusiasts like me it's pretty interesting.

I would like to know in your opinion which is the oldest cpu from the 1990\2002 period best suited for internet?

Taking in count that it has as many ram as possible and fast harddrive.

I would place my bets on a AMD Thunderbird Slot A at 700 mhz. It would be able to open many sites without problem and play 360p youtube videos!

I happen to own a pentium 3 at 1.4ghz and i must say it's pretty solid internet wise.

So, in your opinion, which is the oldest cpu you can use for internet?
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August 1, 2010 12:26:31 PM

1 ghtz is the minimum I would use with vista or windows 7. The problem with the thunderbird is finding a board that works. Old boards sometimes have bad caps. They can deteriorate over time.
August 1, 2010 1:13:25 PM

haha....this is intereting, I have a P1 which my father used to use.
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August 1, 2010 2:10:38 PM

raiyus13 said:
haha....this is intereting, I have a P1 which my father used to use.



For email reading i guess. But even that becomes hard today when emails began to be filled with all sorts of animations and gifs\flashes that kill cpu performance. So a pentium 1 would be suitable for email texts read only i guess!
August 1, 2010 2:41:22 PM

or 8 bit girl vs girl "foot ball" tapes. ;) 
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August 1, 2010 2:57:16 PM

i remember back when i was only a student, my PC used to run winxp with all the latest software of that time. i used it till early 2007. i say latest because i always used to keep my softwares updated. main use was internet and programming and movies. but i used to play a lot of RTS and FPS at 640x320 resolution :p  it lasted me 8years. only upgraded RAM from time to time and replaced HDD and CD-ROMs as they fail....also the CPU fan failed one day, i had to replace that

spec:
AMD-K6-2 500Mhz
DFI mobo with VIA chipset (cant remember model)
256MB RAM
16MB Nvidia TNT
SiS sound card

i still have it. not using though.....
August 1, 2010 4:09:32 PM

sarwar_r87 said:
i remember back when i was only a student, my PC used to run winxp with all the latest software of that time. i used it till early 2007. i say latest because i always used to keep my softwares updated. main use was internet and programming and movies. but i used to play a lot of RTS and FPS at 640x320 resolution :p  it lasted me 8years. only upgraded RAM from time to time and replaced HDD and CD-ROMs as they fail....also the CPU fan failed one day, i had to replace that

spec:
AMD-K6-2 500Mhz
DFI mobo with VIA chipset (cant remember model)
256MB RAM
16MB Nvidia TNT
SiS sound card

i still have it. not using though.....


Laptop now?
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August 1, 2010 4:12:34 PM

Does it have to run Windows? You get a lot more options if it doesn't.
August 1, 2010 4:19:18 PM

WR2 said:
Does it have to run Windows? You get a lot more options if it doesn't.


Which OS is the best in your opinion for ancient computers to be able to work with internet?
August 1, 2010 4:31:18 PM

windows 98 or ME will do fine, I guess.
August 1, 2010 4:33:45 PM

ME sucked, 98 is so so, but 2000. Thats some beasty software.
August 1, 2010 4:37:48 PM

ye, but win 2000 requires 256Mb of Ram where you can run win 98 in only 16Mb.
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August 1, 2010 4:42:40 PM

Windows NT 4.0 Workstation was good, but I think one of the current lightweight linux distros would be better, something like Ubuntulite or VectorLinux lite.
August 1, 2010 4:47:46 PM

raiyus13 said:
ye, but win 2000 requires 256Mb of Ram where you can run win 98 in only 16Mb.

but 2000 is the stuff
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August 1, 2010 9:42:59 PM

I would go with Linux on something that old, but I find even a single core Athlon 64 to slow for internet use to me, guess I'm just use to modern quads. lol
August 2, 2010 2:09:43 AM

rickzor said:
I know this is a odd question but for oldschool enthusiasts like me it's pretty interesting.

I would like to know in your opinion which is the oldest cpu from the 1990\2002 period best suited for internet?

Taking in count that it has as many ram as possible and fast harddrive.

I would place my bets on a AMD Thunderbird Slot A at 700 mhz. It would be able to open many sites without problem and play 360p youtube videos!

I happen to own a pentium 3 at 1.4ghz and i must say it's pretty solid internet wise.

So, in your opinion, which is the oldest cpu you can use for internet?


Athlon XP 1500 1.33GHZ Socket A 462 pins that was my configuration in 2001 or 2002, also easy to overclock!
August 2, 2010 3:08:57 AM

GunBladeType-T said:
Athlon XP 1500

Boss.
August 2, 2010 1:55:39 PM

Not Hugo Boss man too expensive I'm More like Nautica or Perry Ellis Best Bang for the price/performance kinda like that old Athlon XP 1500, kinda of like the old cliche you treat your GF the same way you treat your Ford Mustang 76!
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August 2, 2010 8:47:31 PM

Aslong as you didn't run iTunes 9 or something at the same time on it, an 800Mhz CPU would do internet browsing fine.
That is aslong as you don't expect to run feature rich webpages either. For that I'd say the minimum is an XP3000+ or any P4 at 2.6GHz+.

I'm quite into my old hardware, I have 2 P4's running at 1.6GHz, 1 P3 at 700MHz, a PowerMac 7200, an Acorn Archimedes A3010 (you'll only now those if you're British) and a Spectrum ZX-80 although its not been booted in years as I've forgotten the loading commands for the games and programs was something like 'run run ditto ditto' or something maybe.

August 2, 2010 9:00:39 PM

pentium 3's > pentium 4's
August 2, 2010 10:25:48 PM

loneninja said:
I would go with Linux on something that old, but I find even a single core Athlon 64 to slow for internet use to me, guess I'm just use to modern quads. lol



Wow, you're quite demanding :o 


Anyway, i'm posting this on a pentium 3 Tualatin 1.4ghz clocked at 1.32ghz (due to the 1998 slot1 board bios limitations), voodoo5 5500 agp card and sb audio card from 1995 (freaking huge ISA card), WinXP with a SATA pci card (160gb hdd) and pci USB2.0 card and everything works pretty fine so far!
I'm pretty happy i could give life to old hardware parts that usually no one would care about.

No candy when it comes to 720p\1080p youtube videos though.

I think that people throw their computers way too fast nowadays when old computers can do fine for simple stuff like this! I think it's a waste. And yes, even a 800mhz cpu could do fine for simple browsing.

I remember when i heard in 2000 that a teacher of mine got a shiny new Pentium III 800 Mhz, for word only..."What a shame" i thought, "games would run much better there than on my AMD k6 450mhz...!
August 2, 2010 10:35:03 PM

rickzor said:
Wow, you're quite demanding :o 


Anyway, i'm posting this on a pentium 3 Tualatin 1.4ghz clocked at 1.32ghz (due to the 1998 slot1 board bios limitations), voodoo5 5500 agp card and sb audio card from 1995 (freaking huge ISA card), WinXP with a SATA pci card (160gb hdd) and pci USB2.0 card and everything works pretty fine so far!
I'm pretty happy i could give life to old hardware parts that usually no one would care about.

No candy when it comes to 720p\1080p youtube videos though.

I think that people throw their computers way too fast nowadays when old computers can do fine for simple stuff like this! I think it's a waste. And yes, even a 800mhz cpu could do fine for simple browsing.

I remember when i heard in 2000 that a teacher of mine got a shiny new Pentium III 800 Mhz, for word only..."What a shame" i thought, "games would run much better there than on my AMD k6 450mhz...!

I love old pentium 3's they are the bomb. I got a 933 coppermine pentium 3 with a geforce 4000MX to run HL2 on xp and 512mbs of ram. Quite amazing for being how old they are.
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August 3, 2010 8:40:49 AM

Pentium 3s are the daddies of them all. After all the Core architecture came from the P3.

Shame the Pentium name was tarnished by the lacklustre Pentium 4!
August 3, 2010 4:17:35 PM

icraig said:
Pentium 3s are the daddies of them all. After all the Core architecture came from the P3.

Shame the Pentium name was tarnished by the lacklustre Pentium 4!



Indeed. Actually you could say that Core 2 Duo evolved from pentium pros from the early 90's, as pentium 2 were made from pentium pro, and pentium 3 came from pentium 2, and from pentium 3 came pentium M, and then core2duo were developed from them.

So.. Pentium Pro->Pentium 2->Pentium 3->Pentium M\Tualatim->Core2Duo.

I think I5 and I7 weren't made from Core2duo technology but i could be wrong.

Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.
August 3, 2010 4:49:10 PM

rickzor said:
Indeed. Actually you could say that Core 2 Duo evolved from pentium pros from the early 90's, as pentium 2 were made from pentium pro, and pentium 3 came from pentium 2, and from pentium 3 came pentium M, and then core2duo were developed from them.

So.. Pentium Pro->Pentium 2->Pentium 3->Pentium M\Tualatim->Core2Duo.

I think I5 and I7 weren't made from Core2duo technology but i could be wrong.

Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.

I don't think they are. Netburst was a piece of dog sh*%.
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