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P4 vs Xeon

By Virgoan ·
Hi, which one is the best? Can give some suggestions or opinions?

Having some doubts when coming to choose pc for company...See, i need a fast pc for designing purpose (applications used are Autocad and Unigraphic), min requirement is at least P4, 1G RAM and good VGA card.

Currently i have a user who is using P4 1.7G, 256M RAM with OS WIN2K. Problem is he always make noise that the pc is slow in performance. Have checked its Outlook mail, Norton anti-virus, Office XP, all are ok! But then why this happened. (Note: pc is logging on to network)

Your reply is greatly appreciated.

fiontys@yahoo.com

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by opatzg In reply to P4 vs Xeon

Try cleaning up the temp directories, run scandisk, erase file????.tmp filescreated by scandisk, and follow up with a defragging of the hard drive. Obviously even by your new standards his pc is underpowered. Antivirus software takes its toll on any system, perhaps you need the user to enable it when using mail and disable it while performing autocad and unigraphic work and then schedule it to check the entire system for viruses each night. As far as pentuim 4 vs xeon, I think a fast hard disk, 1gig of ram, a good graphics card nvidia 4000 line or ati 9000 line or better would make a world of difference and any pentium over 2.2 gigahertz. How much of the application software is local? If a lot of the work is being moved across the network, how fast is the network? There may be some improvements to be had there as well.

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by Virgoan In reply to P4 vs Xeon

Thanks for your reply

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by TheChas In reply to P4 vs Xeon

The Xeon family of Intel chips are really targeted at the server market, and not the individual PC.

I would give a try to maxing out the RAM on the present system.
I would also take a close look at the page file settings. I would want no less than 1GB for CADD applications.

Remember, that doubleing the CPU speed will at BEST result in a 25% system speed improvement.

I would make sure that the HDD is configured properly, and not slowed down by other drives on the same channel.

Another big performance boost could be acheived by switching from IDE to SCSI drives.

On-board anythings, (modem, sound video) should be disabled, and replaced by plug in cards.
This will give a significant performance boost.

Chas

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by Virgoan In reply to P4 vs Xeon

Thanks for your reply

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