Are you saying ur current CPU is a Pentium4 2Ghz 100FSB?
I would try to overclock that to 133FSB if possible, which makes 533FSB
if u really want a cpu, just tell ur dad that a Pentium 4 based on <b>800FSB</b> is <b>a lot</b> faster than the <b>old</b> 400FSB, and it comes with the <b>HT (Hyper Treading Technology)</b>, which makes the new P4 becomes even <b>faster</b> in <b>multitasking environment</b>
Ya the 2.6c is what you need, and the price is reasonable. If your dad is into cars at all, tell him what you have is like a corvette with a chevette engine. While the speed increase is only 600mhz the practical gain is almost double. You can also tell him that the P4s are memory bandwidth dependant and that in sync your current setup gives you a max of 4.2 while the 2.6c would yield 6.4.
YO YO YO Hold DA Phone. Don't tell your dear old dad anything about anything. In fact you should thank him for being as cool as he already was when he got you the 2.0
That 2.0 Intel chip you have is absolutely as sweet as sugar. Just bump up the clock a little on it.
Any CPU over 1 GHz does the job now for any games or software out. Even a AMD 1.0 GHz Thunderbird still cranks enough data out to run a game like Black Hawk Down and that is one of the laggiest games that came out in 2003.
The Hyper Threading has not yet found a home on home based systems it is still having teething problems!!
As far as the AMD 64 CPU's I have heard good and bad news about them as well mostly good news but if we don't have anything to benchmark them against because Intel is cooking up a new 64 batch not yet released to market then we cannot praise AMD just yet. He who laughs first does not always laugh last....as the old saying goes, Intel could release a 64 that simply makes AMD's effort look like burnt toast.
Use your 2.0 Proudly you have nothing to be ashamed of in that CPU I use for gamming a XP 3200+ and a 2800+ both on a A7N8X Deluxe motherboard and I could not tell the difference in game online in combat game form what computer ran faster or better. I still do very well in fact lead most game maps for score and flag caps with each system.
I am sure your Intel 2.0 with that ATI graphics card you have does exactly the same thing or would.
Barton 3200+ 400MHz
2x512 Crucial DDR 400 PC3200
SONY CD 52x
SONY RW 52x/24x/52x
SONY DVD 16x/40x
Dude, if you have a 2.0Ghz, live with it. It'll run things just fine and if u really want to, as has been said, bump up the FSB from 100Mhz-> 133Mhz. Getting something faster now will be a waste of money.