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First post, by trisoret

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Hello, I'm in the market for a Pentium 2 machine and I found a 233MHZ with 384mb of RAM desktop.

I've been using a 300MHZ Celeron (192mb of RAM) for years, mostly for playing games. I was wondering, does CPU speed affect the games performance? I will be installing a 3dfx Voodoo 2 and an ATI Rage Pro (AGP) (Both are also already installed on my current Celeron setup). Will my Celeron outperform the P2 in the gaming department?

Reply 1 of 8, by TELEPACMAN

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Is anything wrong with your 300MHz system? Maybe you could merely upgrade the cpu. You would be buying 2 very similar systems. Does your 300MHz celeron has a cache?

Reply 2 of 8, by GXL750

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^Yeah, cache will make a big difference. If you have an original Celeron without L2 cache, that Pentium II will blow it out of the water. However, If it's a Celeron 300A, it'll blow that Pentium II out of the water. With Slot I CPUs, in general, clock speed isn't nearly as significant as cache configuration and bus speed.

Either way though, if you get a good deal on it (I wouldn't pay more than $30 but where I live, PCs from that vintage have little to no value), go for it. If nothing more, you have a cache of spare parts.

Reply 4 of 8, by jesolo

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You can run a CPU identification utility to give you an idea which Celeron CPU you have.
Alternatively, your can unplug the CPU from the motherboard and look up the serial number directly from the CPU.
However, the first option is much easier and less risky.