Worth upgrading CPU?

By schizoid77
Apr 13, 2004
  1. I have some extra cash, and my current hobby is taking my present desktop to it's ultimate limit...a good learning experience for me.
    Would it be worth it to replace my current 2.26ghz p4 with a 2.8?

    And while my mobo doesn't support HT, can I still put in a chip that does support it?

  2. Rory7

    Rory7 TS Rookie Posts: 119

    Yeah, it would be a decent performance difference. Not sure if your mobo would support a HT chip if it isnt made for it. It would be a good idea to pay 60-70 quid for a decent 800fsb p4 mobo. Having 8000fsb would be even more of a perfromance upgrade and will open the door for upgrading to better canterwood chips in the future.

    If you cannot get the money for a new mobo, the 2.6b 533fsb would be a decent upgrade, they are about 110-120 quid.
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I wouldnt upgrade it, just because its not a huge boost [MHz wise] for the price of a new chip. However, if your into OCing, the 2.6Cs and 2.8Cs overclock very well :) Im pretty sure a HT chip will work in a non-HT mobo, but you wont get HyperThreading.

    If your going to buy an HT chip, an HT mobo is a must. Wait until you get a mobo to use the full potential of your cpu.

    By the time you get money for a mobo that supports HT, you'll probably want a new chip all together.

    I would wait it out, until you have money for a new cpu and mobo.

  4. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    It's all dependant on the price of your upgrade. Can you get a decent deal on this chip? HyperThreading shouldn't affect you, heck, your motherboard may even have a BIOS update that supports it.

    It all depends on if you feel that 500mhz upgrade is worth $150. To me it isn't, however if you could sell your current chip to offset the cost, maybe it's a decent upgrade. Personally, the chip is the last item on a computer I upgrade as most other components are more often than not your biggest bottleneck. A large stock of RAM often does wonders for performance, or an upgrade to a faster, bigger hard drive also normally will show better performance gains than a CPU upgrade.
  5. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    YOu would be better to upgrade your MOBO to one that supports 800fsb and HT insted of wasting the money on a chip that will not really have much improvement then what you have now..
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