Ok well its time to build another PC. I have been shopping around for prices and what not. I have my mind made about most things like it will have at least 2 gigs of ram, 8800gt or better, it will have a intel but still cant decide on P4 or C2D and then if C2D whats the difference between Conroe, allendale, clovertown, cedarmill, and so on... why so many, and which is the best? ok well thanks for your help.
LOL, Core 2 Duo is the type of CPU, conroe is a codename and I don't recall what the others are. Definitely C2D over P4. Perhaps an e6600. Good price and overclocks well.
haha, I'm sorry steelGrunt, but that was a funny post :p C2D is as you may know, A Dual Core processor, each processor have code names based on architecture, and nm size. For Example Intel have a new sole core processor for lower end systems they are currently making which is code named Rosewater, Rosewater is a much smaller design (45nm) and will be clockable up to 8GHZ, from stock it is expected to be clocked at 4GHZ Conroe's are the Original C2D's based on a (If memory servers me well) 65nm architecture. And if my memory is working today, I think the Allendale were the second C2D's released, also built on a 65nm technology.
P4 is about as old as you can get now, and quite frankly, as bad as you can get, they are sole core processors built on a 95nm technology, which means they produced a lot of heat, they also have a small cache, and low clocks. Anyone that considered a P4 and didn't consider an AMD Athlon 64 quite frankly shouldn't be building their own system AMD Athlon 64's were top of the line at the time of P4's they were P4's competitors and beat them in most respects, including heat (cooler then P4's), clocks (often higher), and cache.
Each CPU has its own good and bad points, there is no such thing as the perfect processor. However, when looking for one it is important to look for one that is of C2D design, around the 45nm area, with a large cache (L2 cache of 2MB or more is great), and a reasonable clock speed (2GHZ per core is quite nice)
I have no idea why you are considering a P4, but you really shouldn't be, it will give you nothing but grief, they are slow, run hot, and an old technology now. C2D's are certainly the way to go, I suggest a e4500 or e4600, they overclock well, come stocked at 3GHZ, and have a nice cache of 2MB (L2), however, If I remember, they are based on the 65nm architecture, but they come with a great cooling system so the heat noticed is minimal
--EDIT-- As it turns out, the e4500 and e4600 are both Allendale architectures
--EDIT-- This is a great link, it shows you many of the C2 architecture's and code names Intel Core 2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
C2D of COURSE MAN!. P4 is outdated and will slow your computer bad.
E6750 is one of the best CPUs for the money right now, unless of course you go with an E8200. The latter will handle a much higher (faster) FSB.
What exactly is your budget for the cpu?
I would really suggest going with a Core 2 Duo E8xxx Series. They are the coolest running and probably the most stable because of that fact.
Overall, I think Pilla explained it really well, but I have to make a correction: The Original Pentium 4's were 1.3µm, while the rest of the Pentium 4's (The HT and EE) ranged from 1.3µm to 65nm (The smallest being the Cedar Mill Architecture of the Pentium 4 HT 6x1 series).
EpicLoad;4197715Overall, I think Pilla explained it really well, but I have to make a correction: The Original Pentium 4's were 1.3µm, while the rest of the Pentium 4's (The HT and EE) ranged from 1.3µm to 65nm (The smallest being the Cedar Mill Architecture of the Pentium 4 HT 6x1 series).
Awesome! I was close considering it was all from my memory haha
E8200+P35mobo+ a good cooler and you can overclock it to 4Ghz