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Bob Y
10th March 2004, 04:15 PM
OK, its taken me awhile to consider buying a new rig, after a little consideration I thinking of buying an Intel :eek: and at this moment it appears that
Model: Intel Pentium 4 2.8E w/ Hyper Threading
Core: Prescott
Operating Frequency: 2.8GHz
FSB: 800MHz
Cache: L1/12K+16K; L2/1MB

gives the best value for money. I plan to use it just for SETI with HT turned on.

Comments please.

Fireblade
11th March 2004, 02:05 AM
Nice!

:D I'll leave the more technical comments to the experts :p

Is that the limit of the new "rig" of which you speak tho' Bob, or are ye holding out on us on other upgrades :confused:

Bob Y
11th March 2004, 03:44 AM
Fireblade,

It's just going to be a cruncher and I haven't decided which MB to buy, ASUS is always in the hunt. Maybe ASUS P4G800VM or P4P800 however I will check the reviews first and any expert advice I receive (Edit later, just an after thought do these MBs support HTing?). I need it, I have 18 PCs at home and only three have intel CPUs, a 1.13GP3, 1.7GP4 and a 2.4GP4. It will only have 256MB RAM, a really cheap video card (if needed) and a small hard disk. I was given a couple of 4GB last week plenty of room for XP and a few w00ts.

Fireblade
11th March 2004, 12:50 PM
I've gotchya ;)

Re Asus: I've heard good things about the P4P800 Deluxe (http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket478/p4p800-d/overview.HTM) (which uses the Springdale chipset) meself - reviews of which you can read here (http://www.motherboards.org/articlesd/motherboard-reviews/1261_1.html) + here (http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews/review.php?dXJsX3Jldmlld19JRD01NTYmdXJsX2hpc3Rvcnk 9LTI=), but again... I'll leave accurate recommendations t' those in the know about Intel boards :D

What I am confident in saying is... no matter which Asus board you go for, you'll hardly find better for rock-steady stability :nod: In fact... it weren't for their uncommonly drab looks (important to us 'modders' :D), I'd pro'ly be using em meself :thumbsup:

nitan
12th March 2004, 11:23 AM
watch out if u are OC'ing that Prescott tho...those things get insanely hot...also i thought they didnt perform massively better than the northwoods...perhaps it owuld be a good idea to just a get a 2.8C Northwood and OC the hell out of it? Mine goes 3.5 easy...

Bob Y
13th March 2004, 05:53 AM
nitan,

Thanks for the advice, not a great overclocker but I do at least know I need to find some comparisons of the Prescott and Northwood cores.

Hogward
13th March 2004, 10:37 PM
Fritz tells me that the Prescott will give approximately 15% performance increase on SETI over the Northwood at the same clock, all things being equal. However, reviews of the Prescott at HardOCP indicate they heat up insanely hot. They measured capacitors on their motherboard at 285F, which is oven hot! I'm leary of the Prescott until Intel finds a way to cool it down. You can burn down a mobo very easily with one of those things!

Bob Y
15th March 2004, 12:25 AM
Thanks Hog, I had heard that the Prescott core was faster than the Northwood and its great to have that confirmed by Fritz. 285F (140C) that is far too hot, do you have a link I would to see how much they were overclocking.

Hogward
15th March 2004, 01:03 AM
Try This Link (http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NTg3)