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Is the stock cooler adequate?

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Long story short. I have a very ill relative in hospital and to 'cheer' up her kids i've decided to upgrade the family PC so they can distract themselves a little!

I'm replacing Windows XP MCE with Windows 7. I've got spare DDR2 Ram to get it from 512MB to 2GB and i've got a spare PCI-Express Graphics Card but the Processor is terrible!

 

My question is:

 

They currently have a HP Pavilion Media Center a1615 with a Celeron D 352 3.2 GHz Processor. I am tempted to get them a PENTIUM D 3.4 GHZ but i'm worried the stock cooler won't be adequate as i know the Pentium D's run quite hot!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Usually, in my own personal builds anyway, the stock cooler that comes with the OEM CPU's has typically been plenty adequate as long as there's no overclocking involved, unless the chassis was poorly designed and had bad air flow anyway.  Overclocking is another matter, then I'll spend the extra money on a better cooler.

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You could go with the Celeron E3400 instead.  You can find them on Ebay for about $15 or less.

 

It's a dual core, so it will be a hell of a lot faster than the Pentium D, and it uses less power, so less heat.

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Sadly the age of the board means it doesnt support higher than pentium d despite sharing the same 775 socket type! Just need confirmation if the Pentium D and Celeron D share the same cooler or not! :)

 
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
  • Pentium D 9xx Dual Core
  • Pentium D 8xx series Dual Core
  • Pentium 4 6x1 series
  • Pentium 4 6xx
  • Pentium 4 5xx
  • Celeron D

 

 

 

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Celerons have less L2 cache and that kills code loading. Stock cooler is fine as long as you don't overclock as others have said.

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Celeron D are the same size cooler as Pentium D (dual core), iv`e just looked at an old box which has a 3GHz Pentium D with stock cooler running at 42C.

Should give them a reasonable boost in performance, especially with the included graphics card.

 

By the way, good on ya (Y)

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I felt Riggers answer was more reassuring as he was able to check. Thank you all!

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