I have an old Dimension 5100 that I have been able to nurse along playing games on the lowest settings. But lately in Starcraft it's just too laggy.
I have a single core Pentium IV @ 3.0ghz with Hyper Threading (Prescott). I know, its old as dirt. My motherboard supports the LGA-775 socket. I already have 4GB RAM at the highest speed my mobo will allow and I've got an XFX Radeon HD 4670 (which is about equal to their 7950GT). I really don't have the money to build a new system. Honestly, I'm looking at about $100 to spend to get me by for about one more year. These are the CPU's that Newegg has in my socket type: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
1. I am thinking of just keeping it simple and buying this dual core P4. The primary issues I have is that in 3v3's the game lags as the unit count rises, so I'm thinking having a second core should help me out. The sticky said some 775's do not support Wolfdale cores. How can I tell?
2. I'm also considering putting a Core2 in since they are cheaper now, but I have a couple of concerns. The sticky I read said some older 775 boards' BIOS will not support the Core2. Also my FSB is pretty slow, it may not even be worth it anyway.
3. Reguardless of what I get, they are all 64-bit processors. I currently have Windows 7 32-bit. Should I try to switch to Windows 7 64-bit? Will that help me out a lot?
A new mobo is pretty much out. The case form factor is a micro BTX, seems pointless to by a cheap micro BTX just to get me along for another year. This also means overclocking is out, since the Dell/Intel board is locked.
Thanks for your help, I hope there is a way I can get by with a processor upgrade!
Out of these cpu's you posted(newegg),you could go with pentium E5700,it's roughly equivalent to core 2 duo E7300 and it's not a bad cpu(cheap).As for bios,if you run into trouble you should be able to update your bios(manufacturer website) to accomodate wolfdale cpu's.And lastly here's a quote from microsoft regarding 32 and 64 bit question:
The benefits of using a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer (typically 4 GB of RAM or more). In such cases, because a 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system, a 64-bit operating system can be more responsive when running several programs at the same time and switching between them frequently.
To hell with dell. They are one of the worst companies out there not only as a customer but also as an employee for those who have suffered through their crap while working for them.
I suggest that you start saving for a better comp/build even if it is still outdated provided that it is much better than what you have. To suffer such a comp that you have is a form of torture to endure even in basic tasks.
Out of these cpu's you posted(newegg),you could go with pentium E5700,it's roughly equivalent to core 2 duo E7300 and it's not a bad cpu(cheap).As for bios,if you run into trouble you should be able to update your bios(manufacturer website) to accomodate wolfdale cpu's.
The Dell Dimension 5100 uses an Intel 945 chipset. This particular chipset has limited support for Core 2 processors. The support is limited to early "Conroe", "Conroe-L" and "Allendale" based 65nm processors that fall into the "E4x00", "E6xx0" series as well as the Celeron 400 and 500 series processors. The Intel 945 chipset does not support any 45nm processors, nor any from the "Core 2 Quad" line.
Wrong E6600. The E6600 is one of the first Core2Duo's, while the link you posted is a newer Pentium E. Overall, I agree with the suggestions of rebuilding. Not worth sinking money in a Dell Socket 775 system.
I am at least smart enough to realize it's stupid to do anything else. I see no point in putting in another single core, no matter how fast it is. I guess I'll just have to suffer the torture for another year... I'm considering doing some ebay shopping, and perhaps I could find a gamer's old Core2 rig or something like that. Just about anything would be an upgrade for me.