Wow touch choice, but if you have some PC-3200 or better and an 800MHz FSB motherboard then the 2.6/533 should be able to be adjusted to 2.6/800 by adjusting the Multilier and FSB from 19.5X133 to 13X200, but that really is a toss up. I am not familiar with the overclockability of that specific CPU.
p4 u cant adjust the Multilier, just the fsb. The 800mhz side bus is much better then 533. but like ray said you need at least pc3200 ram . pc3500, 3700 and 4000 if you are oc'ing would be better but 3200 even in oc'ing is ok you just have to have the ram run slower then the fsb. from my expiernce p4 (c) the 800 sidebus version oc's better then the 533 or the 400fsb version. so $20 is def. worth the upgrade for pure speed and oc'ing potential. even without oc'ing 800fsb is still a better choice
if you can unlock the Multilier on a p4 , i would love to know how, i've had a 2.0, a 2.66 and now a 2.4c all on diff. motherboards and its always been locked in the bios, but if its possible to do it that would be awesome
800Mhz FSB is the way to go. Get the memory and Mobo to match, and you wont regret it. I recomend an Abit ic7
Back about a year ago I was running an Intel 1.8ghz on a Soyo Dragon mobo with 512mb 333mhz. It was a decent setup. Come march 03, I upgraded to an intel 2.8ghz (non hyperthreading) with 512mb 400mhz ECC memory and a Abit IC7 mobo. Very good performance from this setup.
Well, I had some cash laying around and decided to splurge. I upgraded to an Intel 3.0ghz HT cpu and more memory for a total of 1ghz ECC 400mhz memory.
The jump from 2.8 to 3.0HT was amazing. The 3.0 is just full of raw power.
I push my system alot, and this combo has no problem with it. At one point during my testing/pusing of this system, I had about 30mb to go on a 1gb download, the DvD "Die another day" was playing, I was recording a 400mb CDR of pictures and video clips, I had some music playing in the backround with music match...AND just for kicks, I had an adult mpeg playing in windows xp media player...oh yea, not to mention that I was editing a 30mb scan of petra nemcova in Photoshop.
Two thumbs up to intel. I can't wait till 64bit computing is out of the diapers.
P4C 3.0 @ 225FSB
1 gig Corsair XMS4000 (500Mhz) memory
Geforce FX 5900 Ultra
2 x WD Raptor 10,000 rpm SATA in raid 0 on the ICH5 controller
Oh and a WD 80 gig SE drive for storage purposes
This is the most amazing system I have ever had.
Never before could I run a distributed folding program in the background, and play the 3D online game Everquest at the same time.
Yeah 64 bit computing is in diapers.... as my system exceeds every benchmark they have run on the Athalon 64 so far.
I am going to build a A64 system in awhile, just waiting for it ot mature a bit, and work the bugs out of the BIOS and such. And what the heck, I am actually waiting for a 64 bit OS to come out, and 64 bit apps... Till they are there, it isn't worth building one yet, as the P4C is still king.
Well remember this the AMD is starting over again with the lower clock rate but wait until further releases then ud wish u had a system like that, but ur forgetting there is another AMD Athalon 64 out there and it is called FX