Will I see any difference between 400 and 533 FSB?
OK, like everyone else I always want the biggest numbers. :-)
But reading reviews that use current real world style benchmarking tools I have seen very little difference between the two bus speeds. Obviously, your apps will run faster once bus speed has become a bottleneck, but if it isn't then there presumably will be no difference.
My most demanding apps would be games (which I run at 1024x768 or 1280x960) and I already have a GeForce4 Ti card which should do for a year or two.
I tend to upgrade around once a year, so should I leave 533 buses (and 333ram ) for next time around?
The choice seems to be between buying something cheaper (and theoretically less likely to have bugs, incompatibility issues etc) that will probably do the job just as well for at least a year or more, or go for the "latest and greatest".
Which do you think is the best option please?
More aboutwill difference
Well, if you do upgrade every year, you should just get a P4 1.8A and o/c to 2.4B and therefore you have a theoretical 533MHz FSB, but only pay for 1.8A, or you ould also get a 1.6A and o/c to 2.13B, again giving you 533MHz FSB. The extra bit of FSB will help a bit, but if you don't want to pay the extra money, o/cing it will do the trick.
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Interesting idea. Thanks for the suggestion. But my problem isn't really that I can't afford to buy the speed that I need, it's deciding whether I actually would see any benefit from a faster bus speed.
I usually avoid overclocking as I already get heat problems in the room where I use the machine, but I guess that could be overcome. An option to think about anyway.