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evilchris
08-24-04, 03:11 PM
Should I, for $300, "upgrade" my Northwood P4 3.2 to a 3.2 Extreme Edition?

saturnotaku
08-24-04, 03:27 PM
I wouldn't. But Anand (http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=1965) did a comparison among the 3.2 Prescott, Northwood and EE. So you can at least get an idea of how such an upgrade might benefit you. Personally, that $300 is money I'd rather spend on a speaker upgrade or paying off my car. ;)

CaptNKILL
08-24-04, 04:07 PM
$300 is waaaaay too much for a little more cache. Youd get more performance if you spent $40 on a really really nice heat sink and fan and overclocked your CPU a bunch.

mustrum
08-24-04, 04:47 PM
Not worth it. You'd see a bumb in benchmark scores but wont feel it while playing games. To really feel a difference you'd need to upgrade to a AMD 64 3800+ or FX-53. I wouldn't wven suggest that though. Your P4 3.2 is just fine.
If you think you need more performance then buy a thermalright cooler and a high RPM 92mm fan. You should be able to reach 3.6ghz easy most likely more.

Sazar
08-24-04, 07:08 PM
I wouldnt even suggest an a64 upgrade tbh...

a 3.2ghz northy is right up there in the upper-tier of performance and you have an excellent system otherwise...

steeda save yer pennies for a future upgrade sometime next year when the dual-core's start shipping...

a coupla fps here and there is unlikely going to be justified by the money/time spent on switching your setup round IMO...

Blacklash
08-24-04, 08:24 PM
Not worth it. You'd see a bumb in benchmark scores but wont feel it while playing games. To really feel a difference you'd need to upgrade to a AMD 64 3800+ or FX-53. I wouldn't wven suggest that though. Your P4 3.2 is just fine.
If you think you need more performance then buy a thermalright cooler and a high RPM 92mm fan. You should be able to reach 3.6ghz easy most likely more.

What mustrum said^

Perhaps get some Arctic silver 5 and a zalman 7000a cu. The zalman installation is super easy and it works well.

Gator
08-24-04, 08:50 PM
Not worth it. You'd see a bumb in benchmark scores but wont feel it while playing games. To really feel a difference you'd need to upgrade to a AMD 64 3800+ or FX-53. I wouldn't wven suggest that though. Your P4 3.2 is just fine.
If you think you need more performance then buy a thermalright cooler and a high RPM 92mm fan. You should be able to reach 3.6ghz easy most likely more.

Agreed.

I can't even comfortably recommend an Athlon64 in this case, because yoru current Northwood 3.2 is MORE than adequate for any of todays games. Stick with what you got for now, or overclock.

evilchris
08-25-04, 01:08 AM
That works for me guys, thanks =)

KickAssCop
08-26-04, 01:35 AM
Grab an el-cheapo 90 buck 865p chipset mobo and overclock that sucker.

My P4 3.64 benches close to the EE in most benchmarks so I think your 3.2 can easily do 3.8 or speeds like that!