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Choosing processor

by dboyw / September 4, 2005 7:25 AM PDT

Hello. I am building a computer for my daughter's so they can play their games and not take my system. These are young kids games, not power hungry games of today. I am using older parts I have acquired for years. I have the computer up and running on Win98.

I have a PII 300 and a Celeron 400 with adapter to fit PII slot. Which would be the better processor to use? I remember that the Celeron has a smaller cashe but the PII is slower in speed.

Thanks for the help. My daughter's will appreciate it.

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Research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2005 7:28 AM PDT
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Over at www.tomshardware.com there is a CPU benchmark from 486 to 64-bit. Look up the charts and compare.

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you won't notice much difference....
by reefurbb / September 4, 2005 11:28 PM PDT
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Try both if the mobo settings aren't too much trouble.
I usually prefer more cache as the processor seems to respond faster than rated speed. Point is that if both work ok, keep one as a backup-spare.
The real consideration is about the games, CD games.
Do they often need more than 300mhz minimum system requirements?
Will they soon want DVD games?
More so, you might need 128mb ram instead of 64mb.
If you have too much spare time, you might want to find-download the mobo/PC manual to see what is said about processors.
More so, you might want to look at video ram. 2mb is ok,4mb better, sometimes more is required.
Hopefully you have all the chipset drivers as W98 (SE?) doesn't have them all, sometimes only partial.

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Choosing processor
by pcguru4u / September 23, 2005 11:56 PM PDT
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There won't be much of a noticable difference in the performance of the two processors. If I read correct, the PII processor is using a FSB speed of 66Mhz and that is going to limit the system speed. Although the PII socket will accomodate a 450Mhz processor, you won't get that due to the limited FSB speed (needs 100Mhz).
Don't know what the budget is or I could suggest a new motherboard/processor combo. Older ones can be had on the cheap. I suspect the age of the hardware inside the case is a consideration; power supply specs, HDD capacity specs. The processors you have mentioned will work with some of the simpler games out there (young kids - simple games, older kids - complex games) so I'm not sure if you are going to get the desired effect. In any case, if it's within you're means look for a deal on another PC from E Bay or check the classifieds for someone who is trying to get rid of their older system.

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Just buy a Dell
by Earth9111 / September 29, 2005 5:44 PM PDT
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