First post, by steevf
I've been looking into building an XP system and I'm trying to decide on a Pentium III or a Pentium 4. I used to have a Pentium 4 1 Ghz system that I sued from 2002 to 2009. It had 4 GB ram and an AGP Geforce 4 Ti something (4200 or 4400) graphics card. But when the motherboard died, I regrettably threw it out. I did keep the sound card out of it as it had my Sound Canvas daughter-board attached to it. It was an MSI motherboard but I have no other information. I just didn't keep the specs.
Well, also way back in the time period of 2002, my work computer at the time was a P III and I think it was running at about 800 MHz. But I have no idea what the video card was and I think it only had 2 GB RAM.
So what I remember for some reason, is that my P III work computer was a lot more snappier in performance than my P4 home computer.
I never really looked into why it seemed that way. Does this make sense? We also had some Dual PIII 500 MHz systems at work that seem to always out perform the 1 GHz P4 systems. And I've always felt like my Pentium 4 was a bit of a let down in performance when I got it. Like it should have been much better than the PIIIs at the time. Does that perception seem reasonable or could I be misremembering this? Was I imagining things or is it possible that the P4 wasn't really that great of a CPU over the PIII? I feel like they were probably almost even in performance.
So I'm wondering if I should try to rebuild my XP computer as a Pentium 4 or Pentium III?
It probably won't be a gaming machine. It's more for running older design software.