Is it time for a CPU upgrade?

I currently have a modified HP Pavillion 9880 with updated or added components. Here are the basic specifications:

* 640 mb of RDRAM
* 1.5 ghz Pentium 4 Processor
* 80 gb Maxtor hard drive
* 120 gb Maxtor hard drive
* some kind of asus motherboard (doesn't support AGP 8x)
* ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
* Realtek 10/100 NIC

I use the box for compiling software, playing games, and video editing (which also entails MPEG conversion frame by frame). It runs under Windows XP and Debian Linux.

I'm also looking into upgrading the motherboard for AGP 8x, but I don't know whether or not it's worth the effort to replace it.
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  1. It's all up to you to decide, if what you have currently cannot satisfy you anymore, then it's time to upgrade
    for me, I would say that your system is still ok
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    I'm also looking into upgrading the motherboard for AGP 8x, but I don't know whether or not it's worth the effort to replace it.
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    u will not find any performance difference between 4x and 8X interface.

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  3. I'd suggest a faster processor, like the P4 2.4 "400MHz bus" version (aka P4 2.4A). I doubt your board supports "533" bus.

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  4. What Socket does that processor use? If its S423 then get a new board, preferably one that uses RDRAM since you already have a lot of that.

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  5. If you upgrade the CPU I also upgrade the MB so you can get you moneys worth out of that 9700 pro.
  6. explain how a new mobo would help him get more out of his 9700? and dont say 8x AGP, cause thats only a benefit to older cards with little onboard v-ram

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