After considerable research, I've finalized these specs for a new comp with a money range of $1000-$1500 for the box itself. I use my comp a lot for both work and play =40%gaming, 40%photoshop and 20=smax.
Is this system good enough for the workload, stability and budget?:
Pentium 4 2.26GHz 533MHz Retail
1x512mb RAM DDR333 Samsung
80gb Maxtor 7200rpm ata/133 IDE
Leadtek Winfast Geforce4 128mb Ti4400
SoundBlaster Live! Audigy
Lite-On 16x DVD-Rom
Lite-On 48/40/12 CDRW
Windows XP Professional OEM
I'm still a bit undecided whether to go for a p4S533 or p4B533, which would be better and longer lasting for this system?
I chose a high-end CPU because they last longer and other components are easier to upgrade.
Should I get an UPS? How important are they?
I plan to do a little overclocking, but not too much because I'm new to such technical tweaking. Besides, I prefer stability and long term performance due to work concerns.
So, is this system good enough for the budget and use? Plz post your opinion.
is overclocking that unstable? i don`t think so. all my friends overclocks the 1.6A to a 2.133B or a 1.8A to a 2.4B, i`ve hardly ever heard of complaints about stability.
if stability is an issue, just pull up the core voltage a bit. the p4 doesn`t produce immense heat like the athlon, so cooling with just the retail cooler would be enough. still worried, then use a good case with a few collers included.
also, p4s533 sounds good. u really don`t need a intel chipset, sis is doing a great job in the p4 chipset market. just watch out for via, though they seem fine also these days.
fsb should be kept 100(400 for the p4`d quad bus), or 133(533). if u wanna overclock with a p4 2.26B, or a 2.4B, u just can`t keep these numbers. overclocking to fsb 150 is usually ok, though if u seek stability, stick to the standard FSB clock speeds. that`s the reason i recommend a p4 1.6a, or a 1.8a on a sis645 mobo.
The only thing I would change would be to scrap the Maxtor w/the 2MB buffer and grab a WD with the 8MB buffer. I have the Maxtor and trust me...ATA133 capability is meaningless. However, you WILL notice that extra cache...
<font color=purple>Pentiums are for wusses who are afraid of instability</font color=purple>