Pentium D processors

By GThomp6654
Sep 1, 2008
  1. Would a Pentium D processor be able to make full use of Vista 64bit, or would it just be a waste of cash to upgrade to a 64bit O/S?
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    with the setup u have, I would say all is pretty old for Vista. that is not to say it would not work but would be slow.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Its not really the processor that would benefit from a 64bit OS, its the amount of RAM you can run.

    In any case, I wouldn't recommend upgrading to a Pentium D at this date (perhaps a couple years ago).
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Pentium D is sort of a dark chapter in Intel's history, I'd skip it altogether.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Ah, its not that bad. Its basically 2 Pentium 4s on one processor. Its just that the Core series are just THAT much better.
  6. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    I do already have the pentium D processor, was all I could afford at the time haha
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Is there something you need that only Vista 64bit can give you?
  8. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    not really, but I wasn't sure if I was gonig to upgrade then I should upgrade to Vista 64, so I can spend more money on more ram
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Pentium D is fine, but you don't really need VISTA 64... and it would be trouble for you.
    Stick with VISTA with LOTS of memory... max it out... or use Windows XP Professional.
    You should never use VISTA or XP 64 unless you know excactly why you need to use it.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    CPUs, Now Available as a Suppository.........

    OK, let's be realistic. A Pent D is compatible with some older motherboards that one of the newer Core2, or the new line of Pentium dual core CPUs (E2XXX series) might not be. Face it, there are guys using PCI video cards because it's what they have to use, and it's not altogether fair to knock it, at least not unless you're ready to buy them another computer.

    Sometimes when I'm caught in a bind, or if I feel I've been forced to pay more than I should for something but had no other alternative, I shout out, for the benefit of my mental health, and the pure annoyance of thyose around me, "OWWW my A**"!

    Dude, this is just what the world doesn't need, another excuse to spend more money on a computer. In any machine you have, XP with 2GB of memory is probably plenty. The only reason to go with a 64 bit OS would be if you were using high end software to render video. Even then, XP is the better OS for your computer. There are a lot of myths around the amount of RAM any given person needs. But remember this, more RAM won't make your computer faster, all it will do is prevent it from slowing down from not having enough. If your machine is not writing temp files in any quantity while you're working, then the amount of RAM in the box is sufficient for your needs.
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