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Intel Pentium D vs Intel Core 2 Duo

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lightingman2003, May 19, 2008.

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  1. Lightingman2003

    Lightingman2003 Thread Starter

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    Im looking to make the jump to Windows Vista Home Premium and am looking at my hardware specs making sure i can run Vista without any issues.

    My current spec:
    Asus P5P800-VM Motherboard
    2GB RAM
    Intel Pentium D 820 2.8Ghz Processor
    160GB Sata3 HDD.

    The main thing im worried about is my processor. Will it cope with Windows Vista?

    Failing that, what is the actual difference between the Pentium D & Core 2 Duo, namely the E4600. Is that processor actually 2 Cores running at 2.4Ghz each or 2 Cores but 1.2Ghz each? Or, how easy is it to get the Pentium D 820 overclockd to 3.0Ghz or 3.2Ghz?
     
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  3. Lightingman2003

    Lightingman2003 Thread Starter

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    Damn. Thanks for pointing that out Win2kPro.

    Do you know much about over-clocking. Is it recomended? Or if there are any new CPU's that are still compatible with my Mobo?

    Thanks again Win2kPro.
     
  4. JSanguancheu

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    Your current specs should run Vista ok.

    You could upgrade the CPU up to a Pentium D 960 3.6ghz and the ram to 4gb, but I wouldn't waste my money on old technology.

    Just save up and do a full upgrade in several months to a year.
     
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    Vista won't run all that bad on that system as it is, but sure it would much better on a newer system. The problem with overclocking the 800 series Pentium D's is heat, you need a really good cooler to get anything worthwhile out of most of them.
     
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