Aria is selling P4 2.4 533 fsb for £109. I think this is the cheapest I have see. Is it worth getting the 800fsb for £20 more. The mobo I am getting is the gigabyte GA-81G1000Pro. Any thoughts. These CPUs are sellig fast so quick replies much appreciated. Thanks.
Since the motherboard you're getting supports 800Mhz FSB (with dual channel ddr400), and hyper-threading, you might as well get the 2.4C (800fsb and HT). I think it's worth it (but only if you use dual channel ddr400 to match the fsb). Even if you don't want to change the memory now, you may do it later.
You may know this already, the GA-81G1000 pro uses the 865G chipset - the one with Intel's integrated graphics.
If you are going to use your own graphics card anyway, it's probably a better idea to get a motherboard using the 865PE chipset. The corresponding Gigabyte motherboard is GA-81PE1000 or GA-81PE1000 Pro, depending on what functions you need. But I don't know how the prices compare.
Thanks temp003. I am assuming that I can disable the graphics at a later date if I want to. I take your point about the 800fsb. You have given me food for thought. Maybe the £20 more for the 800fsb cpu is worth spending.Are you using anmy of the said m/bs?
No, I haven't. But all the reviews of the 800fsb cpus have been very favourable. The 2.4C is probably also the best value of all Intel P4s.
It's difficult to say whether the 20 pounds is worth spending. The 2 cpus have the same clock speed. The 2.4C would be more efficient in multi-tasking and in memory intensive applications. Is the 2.4B good enough? Pretty sure it is. But since you have a motherboard which supports the 800fsb and the memory bandwidth to go with it, it would be a pity not to get the 2.4C.
But even the 2.4B can benefit from the extra bandwidth provided by dual channel ddr supported by your motherboard (say if you use dual channel ddr266, to match the 533fsb, or even ddr333). You wouldn't go wrong with either cpu.