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What would my upgrade path have been?

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June 4, 2005 12:09:52 PM

HEllo again!
Couldn't find the reply to thread button so am editing this instead.

For sure, the next rig i build will be amd.

What I want to know is what kind of socket did those first P4s have and what kind of memory socket did they use? I want to know what the fastest chip and memory is that i could now put into that board, if I *had* bought the P4 setup. (Which i didn't).



Just about the time the first pentium 4 chips came out i built a system. I had a choice: go with the new pentium 4 and a chipset that there was not much news about or go with the pentium 3 1000, rock solid and a mature product.

I went with the P3.

I wonder now what would my upgrade possibilities be right now if i had got that p4 and mobo... What chip and memory could i have running on that mobo? Did i make a good decision?

Hope to hear from you!

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by yeehii on 06/04/05 10:53 PM.</EM></FONT></P>

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June 4, 2005 2:16:39 PM

Are you serious?

Well your upgrade path would be selling that P4 when you realize ADM beats its ass in games and you would probably own an A64 3000+ right now

June 4, 2005 3:33:13 PM

It all depends on the socket type at the time you upgraded, so long ago.

If you're about to upgrade again the best would be proably to buy a Intel i955x based board.

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June 4, 2005 6:22:41 PM

Intel has hired people to put a word on their behalf.. :D 
June 4, 2005 6:25:39 PM

ADM beats its ass in games and
ADM? A Dell Machine
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June 5, 2005 6:07:28 AM

The original P4s were s423. The boards only supported RDram. The fastest s423 chip was the 1.7ghz model. It did not perform as well as a P3 @ 1.3ghz
The most common chip for s423 was the 1.5ghz model. It was on par with the 1ghz P3.
Had you spent a grand or more to get a gig of ram, you would probably be using a socket adaptor, so that you could run a northwood core. I believe THG did a review of just such an adaptor, not too long ago.
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June 6, 2005 12:46:35 AM

S423 later went as high as 2.0GHz.

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June 6, 2005 4:24:39 PM

Exactly right, "Powerleap" has a 423 to 478 adaptor kit (includes cpu) which will bump you to 3.0 Ghz depending on the fsb of your mb. I purchased one a couple of years ago (including spending ~ $200 for more rdram)works fine in my secondary system. At the time it was the most cost efficent upgrade.