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nooyawkah
02-22-03, 11:26 PM
I don't know very much about pentium chips so please bear with me. What is the "sweet spot" for P4 cpu's right now? That is, which chip gives you the best bang for the buck? The user in question is not a gamer but would like a modern P4 machine. He already has 1GB DDR PC 3200 RAM to use. Also, mobo suggestions welcome.

jAkUp
02-23-03, 03:09 PM
in my opinion, i think the p4 2.4B is the sweet spot, anything higher than that, and you pay alot more.

nin_fragile14
02-23-03, 06:03 PM
Either the 2.4B or the 2.53. Those are both very overclockable and cheap.

FUGGER
02-23-03, 07:05 PM
2.4B are about the best bang for the buck overclocking P4's unless you can find a C1 core 1.8A, im not sure if there is such a thing. The 2.5A has a C1 core but the 25 multiple will force you to a much lower FSB. The 2.53 is a litte more money, a little less FSB, and about the same top end.

Here is a $159 2.4B SL6RZ

192 FSB, 1.675vcore, -45c evap head

http://fugger.netfirms.com/192fsb.jpg

Not 100% stable, just reaching the top end for SS.

This CPU will be a easy 3Ghz on air 24/7

Motherboard is a unmodded GA 8INXP running DC DDR with all banks filled.

sbp
02-24-03, 12:56 AM
Intel was supposed to cut prices today.

Intel to Reduce Pentium 4 Prices Twice: on February 23 and after Pentium 4 3.2GHz (http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/story.html?id=1043884077)

You can get an Intel E7205 chipset {aka Granite Bay} motherboard like FUGGER suggested or 845PE motherboard {Asus has a good one in the P4PE (http://usa.asus.com/mb/socket478/p4PE/P4PE.htm)}.