Upgrade from Celeron D to Pentium 4

By nickq
Nov 16, 2006
  1. hi everyone..
    currently i have a 340* Intel Celeron D Processor in my pc, however i want to upgrade it since it doesnt run games pretty well..
    (ram is good=1024 MB, video card is ok=ATI Radeon 9250 256 MB PCI)

    so my question is should i or can i upgrade from my current proccesor to a Pentium 4 or better? thnx
  2. Teaser261

    Teaser261 TS Rookie Posts: 121

    Just a heads up, these guys are gonna need to know your mobo manufacturer and psu and things like that to be able to help.( I'm sure someone smarter than I will be along shortly) Also a PCI graphics card is alot slower than PCIE or AGP
  3. nickq

    nickq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ya i kno about the PCI video card..
    where to i find the MOBO model and all those things?
  4. Teaser261

    Teaser261 TS Rookie Posts: 121

    Belarc Advisor

    Google "Belarc Advisor", download it and run it . It will tell you everything you could want to know about your machine. the guys around here use something different , but I can't remember. It doesn't have spyware. Also another good app is PC Wizard 2006
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Celeron D 340s are Socket 478. That means that if you get a Pentium 4, it also needs to be socket 478.

    Here is a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 for Socket 478.
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    In order to improve graphical performance, you should upgrade your video card first. That Celeron D 340 CPU should perform better with a faster videocard, like a Radeon X800 for example.
  7. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Posts: 195

    Are you sure you want to go to a p4? How much are you looking to spend? Dual core comps are far superior if you are willing to spend the money.
  8. nickq

    nickq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i really dont wanna spend that much...
    i ran some benchmarks the other day.. my video card does fine however my cpu is horrible.. i dont wanna upgrade video card..

    but is it worth the $70-100 upgrade to pentium 4?
  9. nickq

    nickq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok here is all the info on my current pc:

    2.93 gigahertz Intel Celeron D
    16 kilobyte primary memory cache
    256 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    RAM:1024 MB

    Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. Govii 1.03
    Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.02 07/26/2004

    System Model:
    Compaq Presario 061 PJ517AA-ABA SR1220NX NA440 0n41411CO101GOVII00
    System Serial Number: CNH435017K
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    (dont know if that one is needed...)
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Hmmm, actually, the 9250 is a pretty slow card. I've had a Celeron D 335 working with a 9600XT, and it played Farcry, NFS:MW, BF2 and other games pretty good.
    I can assure you that the PCI 9250 is slowing you down....

    And for a PCI system..... the best video card is the ATI X1300, but it's somewhat expensive. Also, the Geforce 6200 should kill a 9250. However, don't expect them to be amazing cards. PCI interface is just too slow for modern graphics card.
  11. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Hi Nickq,
    I do not believe it's worth upgrading that system.

    It only supports upto 533mhz bus CPU's, whereas the only really worthwhile upgrades for P4 would be a Prescott or Northwood (read 800mhz bus) CPU.

    Also, your motherboard only supports single-channel and ddr-333 memories. These would also cripple a Pentium 4.

    Can you enjoy improvements in performance? Sure, but the cost/benefit of it would be tainted due to the surrounding components. You'd be going through a lot of work with the result being fairly small.

    If you are really hellbent against replacing the motherboard, I'd say find the cheapest 533mhz CPU and hope you can re-use your stock CPU Cooler. For example, here's one for around 50 bucks US:
  12. Teaser261

    Teaser261 TS Rookie Posts: 121

    If you upgrade, I'll buy your old cpu. I'm running a P4 2.0 on an MSI at the same clock bus. I've been dyin' for a new cpu , but they are far and few between for these old boards. I also agree about your graphics. Don't you have an AGP slot?
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