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I have an HP Vectra VLi8 and I'm wondering if upgrading the CPU would benefit me that much. I would like to max everything out on it as much as possible but of course I'm stuck with a 100MHz front side bus. It also has slot 1 as the processor plugin unit. Right now I have a Pentium III 850MHz slot 1 processor in it. Now my suggested upgrade should hypothetical work as long as I follow the voltage but I have a slotket and I was wondering if it would be worth the $12 to upgrade to a Celeron 1.1GHz processor. It's coppermine based which is definitely required as tualatin will not work on this particular adapter. So would upgrading from 850MHz to 1.1GHz while downgrading from a Pentium III to a Celeron be worth it? I cannot seem to find a Pentium III 100MHz front side bus on eBay that would max out the system and if I could, it's usually quite expensive. I don't really use the computer for that much, mainly Zelda64 emulating using Project 64 and then a little bit of web browsing which still seems surprisingly fast for 850MHz, less YouTube of course.


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Honestly, your system is from the last century and I can understand if you want to upgrade it as an enthusiast, but to the question "is it worth it?", clearly no. I'd save a few dollars more to grab a much more powerful system that would bring you at least 300% further, even with the same software compatibilities. Any dollar you put in that old computer in order to make it better is wasted. No offense.



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Honestly, your system is from the last century and I can understand if you want to upgrade it as an enthusiast, but to the question "is it worth it?", clearly no. I'd save a few dollars more to grab a much more powerful system that would bring you at least 300% further, even with the same software compatibilities. Any dollar you put in that old computer in order to make it better is wasted. No offense.

I get exactly where you're coming from. I am the enthusiast and just trying to get the last ounce of power I can out of the computer. I do have lots of other more powerful machines in my stockroom so it's not like I really need another one more powerful. But since I do use it for a few things I wasn't sure if the extra 250MHz would make the biggest bang for the buck that it possibly could.


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...Celeron 1.1GHz processor. It's coppermine based ... ... So would upgrading from 850MHz to 1.1GHz while downgrading from a Pentium III to a Celeron be worth it?...

 

 

Not worth the trouble IMHO to sacrifice half the L2 cache. I'd better overclock the Cumine 850.

 

 


... I cannot seem to find a Pentium III 100MHz front side bus on eBay that would max out the system and if I could, it's usually quite expensive ...

 

 

I'd steer clear of the 1100/1133 Cumines. I'd get a 1000/133 and then OC the hell out of it.

 

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... I have a slotket ... ... coppermine based which is definitely required as tualatin will not work on this particular adapter ...

 

 

For the paleontological interest, with a bit of tinkering you can run a Tualatin on some Slot-1 boards.

 

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Attack of the mutant Tualatinsaurus-Rexes  :D  :

 

http://www.vogons.or...hp?f=25&t=42416

 

http://www.vogons.or...hp?f=46&t=32786

 

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Thanks for the tips, TELVM! I appreciate it!


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I'm glad you got the answers you wanted. I'm also glad you got my point and also that you got other machines. :thumbup


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