Can you guys out there tell me if i can upgrade to a p4 2.66ghz northwood b/512kb L2/533 FSB or a p4 2.8ghz northwood c/512kb L2/800 FSB processor on an ASUS P4S333-VM motherboard? Presently i'm using a p4 1.7ghz proc.. Any inputs will be highly appreaciated. Thanks
To be honest the Pentium 4 has been obsolete since 2006 and was not even very good when it was new. Save your money and upgrade the entire computer. It would just be wasting money to try and make what you have now any faster.
A computer isn't something you can keep upgrading and maintaining piece-by-piece. Your system is obsolete and any upgrades you do will give you very low returns and cost you a lot of money that you could have spent buying modern parts.
I suggest you save up for a modern desktop. A sub-$400 Sandy Bridge Pentium build should be manageable and be at least 7-8x faster than what you have right now.
Above is the cpu support list I found for the motherboard, doesn't appear either of those processors are on it. I wouldn't advise spending any money on an old P4 processor, they simply aren't worth it. If you can get one for free it doesn't hurt to throw it in, but don't expect a big performance difference.
Thanks guys for the prompt reply. My plan is to have the fastest p4 processor for my motherboard since i can buy surplus/used processor in my place relatively cheap. Besides, the unit will be used only for web surfing and other stuff that don't demand top of the line system. Also i just wanted to maximize my motherboard capability.
Here are the specs of my system. P4 1.7 ghz on asus p4s333-vm mobo,
80gb hdd, windows xp professional edition, 1gb ddr1. The cpu upgrade would
be minimal as proc here cost really cheap as far as p4's are concerned. I intend to
buy a faster unit in the near future but for the moment a proc upgrade would suffice.