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Should I upgrade my PC from P4 1.5 Ghz to 1.8Ghz?

by jj16802 / January 26, 2006 2:26 PM PST

My PC is old: P4 1.5Ghz (Socket 423), 512 MB RBAM, only can play "BF2" and "Need For Speed Most Wanted" in low setting, I checked the price of CPU of Socket 423 from WWW. Pricewatch, found 1.8 Ghz is cheaper ($55), but 1.9 Ghz and 2.0 Ghz are cost $110-$160. So anybody know that should I upgrade my PC from P4 1.5 Ghz to 1.8Ghz? Or worth to 2.0 Ghz? Thank you first!

JJ

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(NT) (NT) Don't think 300-500MHz increase will be very noticable.
by caktus / January 26, 2006 4:01 PM PST
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(NT) (NT) Better to put more memory or better VGA.
by Melati Hitam / January 26, 2006 4:35 PM PST
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Get a high end graphics card
by ronb42 / January 27, 2006 1:01 AM PST

A better video card will help you much more than a few MHZ in a CPU.

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Which video card is good/
by jj16802 / January 27, 2006 9:26 AM PST

The video card now I am using is ATI Radeon 9600 SE (This is the third video card with my PC), since the AGP slot is only 4X on my motherboard, so is there any way to upgrade to 8X and which video card is good for
me? Thank you!

JJ

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Faster / Better Video card
by ronb42 / January 27, 2006 3:05 PM PST

You are limited to what ever speed the AGP slot is rated to run.
A video card with more RAM will help.
Should you decide to upgrade beyond a 4x card, you will have to buy another main board. Consider a PCI Express setup; the video cards run faster, but as it is still newer technology, they may be more than you want to spend.
There are so many cards available, it's hard to say which might be better for you. Figure out how much you are willling to spend and find a card in that price range.
Tomshardware.com does reviews on a lot of hardware.

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