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Which processor would be best for ME

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dannyboy42, Sep 22, 2010.

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  1. dannyboy42

    dannyboy42 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    Im hoping one of the pros on the site can advise me. (as they have in the past)

    I have recently installed a new antivirus & other programmes which now seem too much of a drain on my CPU, I notice that it is regularly upto 100 percent & PC is sluggish.

    I think its time I invested in a new cpu & am hoping I do not have to pay for a new motherboard?
    So I hope someone can tell me the best Intel CPU that would be suitable for my system. I only have about £125-£150 to spare!

    I currently have the following set up, I hope I have included all relevant info, Oh I forgot to mention, current hard drives get quite hot, so I presume I am right in saying the extra heat generated will mean I have to do SOMETHING? with a bigger fan!

    Many Thanks in advance

    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States)

    ECS P4M800PRO-M 1.0
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    16 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Hyper-threaded (2 total)
    Board: ECS P4M800PRO-M 1.0
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 080012 08/14/2006
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    2485.17 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    676.49 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    AOPEN DUW1608/ARR [CD-ROM drive]
    MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0000 [CD-ROM drive]
    SONY DVD RW DW-G120A [CD-ROM drive]

    HDT722525DLAT80 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 1, s/n VD241BT4DKBBNC, rev V44OA96A, SMART Status: Healthy
    SAMSUNG SP1644N [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n S0E9J1DL905391, rev BV100-45, SMART Status: Healthy
    Samsung STORY Station USB Device [Hard drive] (1500.30 GB) -- drive 3
    ST375084 0AS USB Device [Hard drive] (750.15 GB) -- drive 2 2016 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM0' has 1024 MB
    Slot 'DIMM1' has 1024 MB
    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 137.43 GB 47.87 GB free
    d: (FAT32 on drive 1) 97.47 GB 22.23 GB free
    i: (FAT32 on drive 2) 749.97 GB 29.68 GB free
    j: (NTFS on drive 3) 1500.30 GB 576.72 GB free
     
  2. TekTime

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    Your software is using nearly 100% CPU cycles? It's possible that there is some type of malware on your system.

    When you say "anti-virus and other programs", which programs exactly - are you referring to ?
     
  3. crjdriver

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    I would have to agree. You might want to post a hijack log for review.

    In regard to the cpu, are you intending to replace the mb as well?
     
  4. dannyboy42

    dannyboy42 Thread Starter

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    Hi, I am hoping to avoid having to replace the mother board. I am relatively happy that the PC is clear of malware, & the programmes which seem to be quite cpu hungry are version 2011 of pc tools, + web browser google chrome & also various video editing software.
    Thanks
     
  5. crjdriver

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    The only thing you could install in that board is a pentiumD which is at least 3 generation old technology. IMO not worth the cost. Really if you want a faster cpu, the only option is to replace the board, memory, and pw supply; then go with a modern quad core or 6core cpu.

    Since you are running xp, your current cpu is well up to the task. I would really really post a hijack log and have a security person take a look at it for you.
     
  6. dannyboy42

    dannyboy42 Thread Starter

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    Hi, The reason I thought that I had a normal problem, i.e not malware etc, is because I trust pc tools internet security & do regular full scans, & secondly I normally have an application running in task bar showing stuff like temps, memory usage & cpu usage etc. The CPU usage just creeps up to very high levels when I am using to many programmes & as mentioned, stuff like AV software seems to be very heavy on the CPU.
    I was hoping for the chance to upgrade the CPU only, as the PC is only about 3 years old. But I guess thats old in the pc world?
    Oh, well it was worth a post & many thanks for taking the time to give me your views.
    All the best
     
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  8. dannyboy42

    dannyboy42 Thread Starter

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    Cheers schang626,
    In that case I will take it to the shop & hopefully will be able to afford to get them to fit a quad core. Will let you know if you are right.
    Many thanks
     
  9. crjdriver

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    You have ver 1 of that board, it does not support C2D, quad or anything other than what I posted. V2 does support the c2d.
     
  10. dannyboy42

    dannyboy42 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for clarification crjdriver, Not what I wanted to hear, but such is life.
    All the best
    Dan
     
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