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I am trying to keep the cost as low as possible. The current processor I have is a 2.6GHz Intel Celeron and I like to upgrade that so my computer is able to handle Adobe Creative Suite applications. The computer chokes everytime I work on Photoshop, Bridge and Illustrator at the same time. The computer now have 512MB of RAM.
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1. 533mhz FSB 512k cache
2. I don't see a 2.8ghz for $149
3. 400mhz FSB 512k cache
4. Prescott core, 533mhz FSB, 1mb cache
5. 800mhz FSB 1mb cache
You basically get what you pay for, increasing price gives increasing performance. All are socket 478, but you need to see what FSB speeds your motherboard supports.
I think you would also get a significant performance gain from adding more RAM to the system. Having all three of those large programs open will eat up 512mb. Upgrade to 1gb or more and you'll get much smoother performance with multiple applications open.
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I don't have the exact model or brand of my mobo at the moment but I remember the manual saying something about compatible with pentium Northwood with HT. Is this the same thing as what I stated above?
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I would suggest that you stand pat for time being and save your money to upgrade to a better performing PC. I personally prefer AMD for my needs and they offer more perfromance for the money. The newest AMD chips (64 bit series) have the memory bus right on the chip and can communicate with the RAM at up 1000 Mhz. I have a dual core 64 bit and 2 GB of RAM and it never is wanting for memory bandwidth. That's just my two cents. You might be hardcore Intel guy, so you man ignore my entire statement.