Who use a Pentium 4 in his main pc?

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ranmaniac

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I was using a P4 system for 4 years...until today! I put together a C2D system after buying my components one part at a time through slickdeals.

 

Drsignguy

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Have a P4 2.53Ghz with 512Mb of RDRam on an Asus P4T533-C MoBo that I am going to reserect along with a 3.6Ghz HT on an Intel 955xbk MoBo. Both served me well then and still will now.:)
 

Drsignguy

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Originally posted by: THUGSROOK
Originally posted by: Visual
I guess that's the ancient S478 then? A pity intel doesn't have good upgrades for that...
but they do!

im gonna spill the beans here...

MSI just came out with a i945/ich7/socket 478/dual channel DDR2/PCI-E2.0 16x motherboard !!!

im gettin one :Q

MSI 945GCM478-L

Newegg $60US




Well aint this bitchen! Thugs, when you get this let us know how that goes. I would love to see some benchies on that board.
 

Jeff7181

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I've never owned a Pentium 4, but I do still use one at work. It's a 3.4 GHz model... no idea why the majority of the basic desktops have that processor in it. Seems a little ridiculous to me to put such a power hungry processor in a desktop machine that people use for simple stuff like email and office tasks.
 

BassBomb

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Not in main but I've always been in good contact with them. They aren't THAT bad (I still use one for HTPC)
 

heyheybooboo

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It's not my every day rig anymore but I've got a dual slot 1 P!!! 1GHz x 2, 2Gb PC133 RAM, FireGL 128mb AGP Pro video, SCSI 160 controller, Win2k Pro (previous NT4) ... hooked up to dual Mag 19-inch CRT monitors

It's as snappy, or snappier, as anything I got on day to day stuff, 2d line drawings, etc.

I've also got another dual P!!! I'm working on right now - OR840 mobo, 2x 933MHz slot 1s, 2 Gb RD ram 800. I've got an old Elsa AGP pro card for it. I need to scrounge up another slot 1 'URM' for it ...

If anybody has a retail copy of Win2k PM me ... :)
 

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Very cheesy, but I got my current rig as a gift for getting all A's in sixth grade in 2003. It has a P4 2.6 HT, and since then it's gone 64Mb stockie (MX4000?) -> 256Mb 5200 -> 256Mb 6200.
Bought a Hanns*G HW223D (Replaced Dell 17"), Logitech X-530, Logitech G5, iRocks Scissor-Key keyboard, swapped stock 92mm for a rigged AeroCool LED 80mm, added a gig of PQI RAM (1.5Gb now), upped the DVD-ROM to an LG DVD Burner, got a 160Gb IDE to complement the factory 120Gb too...
Oh and I did a custom paintjob on the factory Dell case (Dimension 8300). Its a multilayered one where I used stencils to keep the lower layers showing through. <3 it 4 evar.
I really want to get something that can do CS: Source faster than 43fps on everything med-low right now, but also would rather wait for Nehalem, esp after the AT preview.
As far as power consumption goes, this machine used about 4 Kwh in the past 150 hours, that's with a fair amount of CS:S too. It idles at Windows desktop @ 60w and runs CS:S @ 120w.
 

THUGSROOK

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Originally posted by: Drsignguy
Originally posted by: THUGSROOK
Originally posted by: Visual
I guess that's the ancient S478 then? A pity intel doesn't have good upgrades for that...
but they do!

im gonna spill the beans here...

MSI just came out with a i945/ich7/socket 478/dual channel DDR2/PCI-E2.0 16x motherboard !!!

im gettin one :Q

MSI 945GCM478-L

Newegg $60US




Well aint this bitchen! Thugs, when you get this let us know how that goes. I would love to see some benchies on that board.
will do :beer:
 

PeteRoy

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The thing about the Pentium 4 is because of it's long lifetime, from 2000 to 2006 it has been in so many systems, so many business have pc's with Pentium 4.

And the last Pentium 4 from 2006, with 64bit and SSE3, socket 775 and DDR2 were very different from the first Pentium 4 in 2000, Intel could have probably make 3 different brand names instead of sticking to Pentium 4.
 

n7

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Never ran one.

I was running Athlon XPs (due to price) or A64s (due to performance) that time period.
 
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Pete, its all about branding. People never heard of anything else but the Pentium 4 for years! The average consumer was confused by Athlon xp, 64, 64x2 and now x2. Pentium 4 had been there for over 6 years.
 

hans007

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my last year in college i used a 2.26 p4. it wasnt even top of the time and i got out of college in 2003. and built that box in 2002

im pretty sure outside of a few things like dvd encoding and maybe playback of some higher end divx, i really would not notice the difference, since i hardly ever play games now. i still run XP which was the OS that was newly installed on that machine when it was built too.

i suppose the only reason i've upgraded much is i did play games for a bit 2-3 years ago (WoW when it came out) and its more a hobby than anything. But yeah I talk about this at work all the time. I spend so much time optimizing windows code, that I sit there thinking that in reality if we wrote fast enough code and stripped out everything from most boxes, a first gen p4 like a 1.4 ghz with 2GB of ram would be fine. I think for the most part 1-2gb ram and a very fast hard drive is all that makes a machine feel fast. A p4 2.0 is still twice as fast probably as a C7 1.2 ghz, and those seem to run the new net tops fine.
 

Nemesis 1

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My main machine is this machine . I spend more time researching than gaming . So that makes the first PC I ever built my main PC. Sadly its going to be retired shortly as I am getting a C2D 8600 along A nw GPU. That will be my new browser pc. should be good fo 4/5 years like this one. Befor anyone says thats to much CPU for browsing I would also like to play with it a bit.
 

jklmt

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i still use P4 2.53ghz w/ 1g of DDR1 at 533mhz/winXP. It does everything i need it to do...office app's and direct access trading platform. The only problem I'm having is when I open trading platform, 1-2 chatrooms, skype, and live web conferencing software the cpu useage goes through the roof and system sometimes studders.

I have a new system coming next week:
Asus P5K-e
Q9450
4g DDR2 800Mhz 5-5-5-15
2 -Radeon HD 2600pro 256MB

 

Idontcare

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I went from a 2.8GHz Northwood w/HT to a 4GHz C2Q on vaporphase back in 2006...now that was a kick in the pants.

I can't imagine the performance delta you all have in store for you whenever you upgrade from your P4's to a modern Yorkfield or Nehalem in another year's time.
 

Winterpool

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Does anyone here use a Pentium 4 (especially a warmer Prescott) in a room without air-conditioning? Tomorrow my local forecast is 35 to 36 C (96 F). How much waste heat do you notice?

I used an Athlon XP 2500+ as my primary workstation cpu until this spring. Summers it would make my room quite toasty, and I often had to switch it off and resort to a notebook. We also had 2.8 GHz Pentium 4s as our primary office computers until late last summer. We once had three of them powered up in a smaller room (one stage beyond a cubicle), and despite (indirect) air-conditioning, the room became uncomfortable to sit in within a couple of hours.
 

THUGSROOK

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Originally posted by: Winterpool
Does anyone here use a Pentium 4 (especially a warmer Prescott) in a room without air-conditioning? Tomorrow my local forecast is 35 to 36 C (96 F). How much waste heat do you notice?

I used an Athlon XP 2500+ as my primary workstation cpu until this spring. Summers it would make my room quite toasty, and I often had to switch it off and resort to a notebook. We also had 2.8 GHz Pentium 4s as our primary office computers until late last summer. We once had three of them powered up in a smaller room (one stage beyond a cubicle), and despite (indirect) air-conditioning, the room became uncomfortable to sit in within a couple of hours.
P4 2.8ghz or higher could heat a small home in the dead of winter.
 
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Replying to this thread on a 2.8c Northwood @3015ghz. Abit IC7,
1500mb's of Mushkin, 7600GT, Zalman cpu cooler and Zalman passive hs for the northbidge, etc.
In the last 3 weeks I've compiled about 5 shopping carts at Newegg with the 2.4 quad or 9450 and a P35 mb the nucleus of a new build.
For some reason I haven't pulled the trigger yet.
If it wasn't for a half of dozen or so new games out I would have no real need to update other than for the fun of it.
This P4 has served me well and will be passed to the wife [P3 850 ] :) who is perfectly happy surfing/mail etc and says she doesn't need the P4.
By the way, the P3 850/Ti4200 has System Shock 2 on it so I'm keeping it around
 

daveybrat

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Originally posted by: THUGSROOK
Originally posted by: Visual
I guess that's the ancient S478 then? A pity intel doesn't have good upgrades for that...
but they do!

im gonna spill the beans here...

MSI just came out with a i945/ich7/socket 478/dual channel DDR2/PCI-E2.0 16x motherboard !!!

im gettin one :Q

MSI 945GCM478-L

Newegg $60US

I saw that motherboard too, that would be a great board for someone sporting a 3GHz+ 478 P4 cpu that wanted to get some new cheap ddr2 ram and a nice PCI-e video card! And
using the Intel 945GC chipset. Not a bad looking board! ;)
 

Drsignguy

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Originally posted by: THUGSROOK
Originally posted by: Winterpool
Does anyone here use a Pentium 4 (especially a warmer Prescott) in a room without air-conditioning? Tomorrow my local forecast is 35 to 36 C (96 F). How much waste heat do you notice?

I used an Athlon XP 2500+ as my primary workstation cpu until this spring. Summers it would make my room quite toasty, and I often had to switch it off and resort to a notebook. We also had 2.8 GHz Pentium 4s as our primary office computers until late last summer. We once had three of them powered up in a smaller room (one stage beyond a cubicle), and despite (indirect) air-conditioning, the room became uncomfortable to sit in within a couple of hours.
P4 2.8ghz or higher could heat a small home in the dead of winter.

I still use the 3.6Ghz LGA775 prescott. And yes it can heat a home. Melts the Ice off my roof.