I understand that it "works 1/2 as hard", but were back to the fact that my P4 is still fast/strong enough to run even the newest games at almost any setting even w/ the ATI Radeon HD 2400 xt pro video card that i have. Correct me if im wrong, but gaming will put every component in your PC to the test, and if my P4 set up the way that it is hangs w/ the dual core (gaming wise) is it really that critical to upgrade, especially if i got a high range video card instead of the mid range one that i have now. Im not argueing the fact that the dual core is made to run alot better and smoother, what i want to know is why it does, and is it a real necessity to upgrade.
I'm not trying to be mean or argue with you but don't take any offense to this. The ati 2400 xt is not a high performance card by (Today's Standards) it is actually a low end video card to be honest. Now if you had the 2900xt that would be considered a mid level video card barley hanging on because of all these newer video cards coming out so fast.
The 2900xt is about on the same performance level as the OLD 8800 320mb models were and those cards are considered outdated by (today's gamers).
I've been doing gaming and pc setups for AWHILE now and I know what works and about what performance it gets in games with what settings.
I know that crysis warhead can be ran on lower end pc's but it will not be a "pretty sight" to everyone maybe to your eyes, definitely not my eyes. I won't agree with you on the settings for crysis as I know better for your pc, not with all the eye candy on.
However I strongly recommend that you upgrade to a new cpu/ mobo /memory/ video card and probably new power supply if you really want to be playing all those games at high/ very settings with high resolution and possibly aa and af.
If you think your system is fast or plays at medium settings you are in for a big surprise.
If you want a core 2 duo/ core 2 quad you will need a socket 775 mobo. By looking at your ram and speed I determined you have a socket 478 board as you have DDR SDRAM. The 775 boards are ddr2 standard.. Some 775 boards do offer DDR3.
So you will pretty much have to get all new parts if you want to upgrade the right way. Like I said it is all up to you but I will promise you if you get some kind of core 2 duo (minimum) with around 2.4ghz-3.0ghz with a newer video card such as a gtx 260 (216 core shader model recommended) Your gaming will be so much better you will not know what to think and those cpu's are very affordable and cheap now with a ddr2 mobo.. Even with a cheaper ati 4850 video card for $140 + a core 2 duo would be a major difference... (this isn't set in stone yet just some examples but if you want to upgrade (I or we) will direct you in the right path if you have the budget. Id try to get the fastest video card you could afford though.
A core 2 duo even @ 2.4 ghz is way faster than the pentium 4 oc to 5ghz lol because the p4 has such a bad architecture with only 1 core also. I see you stated your p4 is (overclocked/rated to 4.49 ghz) what does that mean really? Is the true speed currently overclocked to 4.49 ghz showing in the system properties or what are you rating it off of as you said "rated".
Even a PENTIUM D (dual core) 5ghz which is essentially a dual core using the pentium 4 architecture and it still wouldn't perform as well as a core 2 duo @2.4ghz.. See where I am going now?
The ghz is meaningless when you are comparing 2 totally different generations of processors as the core 2 duo is far superior in the architecture + dual core VS the Pentium 4 series..
P4 OLD, Core 2 duo is newer just remember that.
I'm just trying to help you here. Personally it is time to upgrade to a new pc if you really want a good gaming experience as you do have outdated hardware.
Even my q6600 (quad core) 4gb ram and 8800gts (g92) is outdated by this day in time and it is many generations ahead of your rig..
If you are a hardcore gamer you will want to upgrade every 1.5 years LOL as I try to by then.
I am already working on a core i7 quad core with 6gb ram and a gtx 295 system.. The core i7's are the newest chips to come out for intel.
your p4 has a 800mhz front side bus also which is 1 reason why its slower. It is being choked by that low bus speed.
Core 2 duos have 1066mhz or 1333mhz front side bus, + a newer architecture.
The core 2 duos put out more clocks per second (instructions per clock) than the pentium 4's even if you disabled 1 core on the core 2 duo CPU it would still severely beat the P4..
Core 2 duos have a larger cache on the CPU..
Its like comparing the first carb engine to the new fuel injected engines seriously.. It is all about the design..
Hope this is enough info..
Edited by jrm20, 20 January 2009 - 07:35 PM.