[CS-FSLUG] Upgrading a Northwood CPU...

Timothy Butler tbutler at ofb.biz
Wed Sep 12 01:00:57 CDT 2012

I'm surprised no one has an opinion on this. Too old to hold any opinion any longer? 


On Sep 9, 2012, at 6:17 PM, Timothy Butler <tbutler at ofb.biz> wrote:

> OK, here's a weird question for you. Almost nine years ago, I built a Shuttle SB62G2 computer for an Open for Business review. While these days it is quite old, it was a very nice system for the time -- SATA, AGP 8x, RAID support, a fast processor, etc. Well, the computer I have in my church office is an AMD Sempron 3000+ system that, I believe is actually slower than my little old Shuttle. The Sempron also doesn't support the resolution of the nice 19" LCD I salvaged from another staff member who left.
> So, I thought I would upgrade my little Northwood-based Shuttle a bit and see if I couldn't make it into a decent system that I could live with for awhile. (Ideally, until the church is in the black again and could justify replacing my system with a nice little Mac mini :-)).
> Long prologue finished: Here's what I've ordered in upgrades... 
> - 2 GB of ram for $31, moving up from 512 MB. 
> - A 120 GB SSD for $34 (Amazon special)
> - A GeForce FX 5200 with 256 MB of RAM for $21 (new on eBay)
> Maybe this isn't the best way to go about getting a workable system, but it's kind of fun and I think it might actually be a decent little system. 
> The big question: I have a Northwood (HyperThreaded) 2.6 GHz CPU in it. On eBay I see used Northwood and Prescott Pentium 4 3.2 GHz's and Pentium 4 Extreme Editions that in theory should be compatible with my system and cost $7-$15. Do you think the performance gains are enough to make an attempted upgrade worthwhile?
> Blessings,
> Tim
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