Edited by poppyal, 14 October 2006 - 12:35 PM.
ASUS P4S800D-X Motherboard
Posted 14 October 2006 - 12:31 PM
Posted 14 October 2006 - 01:17 PM
The Asus P4S800D-X will accept just about all the socket 478 Pentium 4 and Celeron processors and the Prescot core seems to be a little more efficient than others which results in slightly lower cpu temperatures.
That being said, installing a faster processor to increase performance (in your case) is probably not going to produce the desired results. You are already running a very quick processor on a fairly fast board...it's the RAM that's holding the machine back. For about the price of a new processor, you could install 2 gigs of RAM and your machine would show a very noticeable improvement in performance.
I prefer Corsair RAM, but there are other flavors available...just stay with the reputable manufacturers.
Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:15 PM
Also, my board is capable of dual-channel ram. Is that really any better? I read somewhere that there isn't any difference - dual channel is just a scam to get you to spend more money. Do you know if that is true? Thanx.
Edited by poppyal, 14 October 2006 - 03:19 PM.
Posted 14 October 2006 - 05:36 PM
If you want to use the dual channel capabilities of your motherboard, I would definitely recommend using Corsair Ram (VS2GBKIT400C3 would be a good choice) as it is tested and shipped in matched pairs...this is ideal for dual channel use. This is a 2GB matched set which will leave you in good shape should you decide to upgrade your OS to Vista when it's released early next year.
Kingston also makes some pretty reliable RAM, but for the difference in price, I would still opt for Corsair. I've never used PQI RAM, but in reading some reviews, it appears to be pretty good...very comparable to the Kingston sticks.
The secret to a seamless dual channel setup is matched sets of ram...the "mix and match" method just leads to loss of efficiency.
To answer your question, adding another 512MB of ram will, indeed, give you increased performance that you will notice...the more you add-the better it gets.
Posted 14 October 2006 - 05:50 PM
Posted 14 October 2006 - 06:02 PM
I completely understand. I log in Anonymously when I am on call as I am often called away with no notice...
Sorry for the first delay - I had to leave the house unexpectedly for a while.
Let me know what you think after adding the RAM...
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