Ok, I was looking into the Intel 64 chips, and they look very good, I can't believe I overlooked them. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of performance diferences there would be between P4c, P4e and P464 cpu's clocked at 3Ghz. I would imagine that the 2MB cache, speedstep, 64bit, and newer extensions would give it quite an edge over the older Northwood core.
I just finished a P4 630 w/a GIGABYTE I915G mobo, 512MB DDR400, GeForce 6600 and so on......system was for a friend and he's happy with it.
I personally am thinking in selling part of my system to get a P4 640 and a GIGABYTE I915P motherboard and a PCI-Express video card.
I liked the P4 630 system mostly because it ran as cool as my P4 northwood core: Not bad at 27C idle, with retail heat-sink and fan. One temeperature reading an AMD processor will never be at with a stock heat-sink fan.
I had to update the mobo's BIOS to the lastest to support the P4 EM64T though, but it was a piece of cake updating the BIOS for this GIGABYTE motherboard. After the BIOS update everything worked flawlessly, not one single problem before or after intallation of Windows XP, something that a lot of people whom built their AMD based system cannot say about it, having so many issues with their machines from the start, so pathetic.
The P4 630 w/SSE3, 2MB L2 Cache, EM64T and Speedstep Technolgy would be a nice little upgrade over a P4 3.0C, not a substancial upgrade but.....if you want one, it'd be worth it.
Sure, just in case you play games with the machine, it'd be 10% slower than a comparable AMD system but the fact still remains, your Intel base system will be 100% stable and relilable, something I never worried about when I built the P4 630 system for my friend.