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#1 rbockman


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:53 AM

I've been using a Dell poweredge sc420 as a desktop for some years. The machine suits me, I feel no need to buy a new computer. The processor is an Intel Pentium 4 2.8ghz. I'm thinking about putting in an Intel Pentium 4 3.8ghz. Is it possible? Would I see any change in performance? Thanks, Ron

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name JEWBOY
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model PowerEdge SC420
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~2793 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A02, 2/6/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name JEWBOY\PhillyJewBoy
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.05 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.35 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Edited by rbockman, 21 June 2009 - 09:54 AM.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:36 AM

Welcome to bleepingcomputer!

First off, depending on the specific tasks you usually use your computer for will determine if you'll see a big improvement. If you do light surfing on the internet, email, listening to music, word processing, casual things like that, you probably wouldn't notice much of a difference. If you are playing games, or running newer and more sophisticated applications, then you may see an improvement, however it wouldn't be exactly a big improvement. Also, the price of the new processor is a factor into deciding if its worth it.

Are you sure it's the right socket too? I'm pretty sure your system is socket 478. The processor must also be a socket 478 processor or it won't fit.
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