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What would you do to speed up this system?


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#1 mez6266

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:06 PM

I add 512k of memory all ready but it is slow playing video still.

Here is the spec's
IC Power CP4401 Desktop, 2.4 GHz Intel Celeron w/ Windows XP


Intel Celeron D 320 2.4GHz
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
40 GB hard drive
DVD-ROM + CD-RW combo drive
256 MB DDR400 memory
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Intel Celeron D 320 2.4GHz
CPU Support Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 / Prescott processor FSB

533/400 MHz
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
40 GB hard drive, 2.5" 9.5mm height, ATA66/100 7200/5400RPM support
DVD-ROM + CD-RW combo drive
256 MB DDR400 memory
Support DDR333/DDR266 SDRAM
2 DIMM slot for expansion to 2 GB

Integrated SiS high-performance graphics controller plus AGP 8X slot
Pair of stereo speakers
1 x AGP 8X, 3 x PCI
Integrated, 5.1 channel AC97 (Realtek)
Integrated Fast Ethernet (10/100) MAC + PHY
6 x USB 2.0 ports, Front Panel I/O 2x USB 2.0 ports, 4 in rear I/O

area, RJ45 LAN connector, RJ11 modem connector, VGA port, Parallel port

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Hard Drive Size: 40 GB
System RAM: 256 MB + 512MB
Processor Type: Celeron D 320
Processor Clock Speed: 2.4 GHz
Multimedia Drive: DVD-ROM/CD-RW (combo)
Monitor: Monitor is not included
Model No.: CP4401
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 29.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 17.0 x 4.0 x 13.5
Assembled in Country of Origin: Imported
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 06:26 PM

Video is ram-intensive...and RAM is the surest way to speed up a system.

Install the maximum memory that system can stand and you will be happier.

Louis

Video is ram-intensive...and RAM is the surest way to speed up a system.

Install the maximum memory that system can stand and you will be happier.

Louis

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:13 PM

I agree with Louis, get more RAM and lots of it. Integrated graphics use system memory, so if your graphics take up, say, 128MB, subtract that from the amount of RAM installed and you get what Windows can use.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:33 PM

I had a 2.93ghz Celeron D in my old system and i upgraded it to a P4 Prescott 2.8ghz 1mb cashe 533 bus for the 478 socket and it helped out a lot especially in gaming. You can pick up this processor off ebay for about $30-$40 bucks off ebay no problem
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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:06 AM

What is it with the processing speed? the system has a 2.4 GHz system. I thought that you could go by that speed in order to determine if the computer would work faster. Also, the virtual memery is = to the ram. Should that be increased? adding the p4 in the 478 socket, Searched on e-bay and p4's are availible but How can we be sure it is compatable? . Would adding a video board help?
Ready to buy a new system but see we see the speed is not much different on the new ones.
Help read to spend but not sure what to modify or putrchase.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 11:06 AM

The speed thing is confusing...but it goes back to earlier days.

Up to a certain time, users could look at the posted speed and know that there was a direct correlation between lower and higher numbers. That's why a P-166 can truly be said to be "slower" than a P-500 system.

That all changed when AMD refused to play that game and came out with processor speed numbers that did NOT distinctly correlate.

Since then we have single processors vs dual-processors vs quad-processors and the numbers listed as speeds are not so easy to correlate to reality.

Users now have to look at the processor, the number of cores, and maybe do a little reading...to really figure it out, IMO.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:18 PM

Well your motherboard supports P4 with either a 400 front side bus or a 533 front side bus. First of all you want to get a P4 with the 533 fsb, its faster. Basically you motherboard should support all P4 with those bus speeds. Search ebay for SL7E2

I got this processor in my old compaq and it definatly helped alot compared to the celeron especially cuz the Cashe went from 256kb to 1MB with the prescott. They have other 2.8ghz P4 533 but they got 512 cashe so for how cheap they are going for might as well go for the 1 mb cashe.

Here is a list of them take your pick

P4 Prescotts

Also do what others said by maxing out your RAM and maybe a good AGP card off newegg.

Edited by Lucky23, 24 December 2008 - 02:21 PM.

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