Questions about upgrading a single processor
As you can see in my sig, I have a dual AMD Athlon MP 1800+ (1.53Ghz) system that I'm generally happy with. I've considered upgrading one of the two processors to an Athlon 2800+ (2.13Ghz).
Firstly, can I run two processors that run different cores? My current CPU's run on the palomino core, the newer one would run on the barton core. I'm thinking this would cause problems, but I'd like to get a second thought on this.
Next, is it okay to run two processors at different frequencies (ie: 2.1Ghz and 1.5Ghz)? I've always thought this would be fine but, once again, i'd like another view on this.
I'm considering upgrading one of my processors mainly because I run Gentoo and the compiles are very CPU-intensive and take hours at times. So I'd like to upgrade a CPU in hopes of cutting the compile times down some....even if it's not a huge difference. I'd also like to upgrade just to make sure my computer keeps somewhat up-to-date with everything. I also play Doom III occassionally, but get tons of lag unless the graphic settings are turned all the way down with the exception of an 800x600 resolution, this doesn't bother me too much, but I feel (even though I have an ATI card) that it may be partly because of the CPU's.
It may be a little while before I decide to actually do this, but I'd just like some thoughts on this in the meantime.
Also, the reasons why I'm thinking of doing this rather than another computer upgrade. Firstly, I'm really bent on staying dual-processor. I understand I can get a 64-bit CPU/mobo combo for roughly the same price as one of these processors (~$200), but I really want to stay dual-processor. Also, I wouldn't have the funds to purchase anywhere near as much ram as I have now either, so that may slow it down if I do decide to upgrade the mobo and CPU. As for the graphics card, I'm happy with it even though it's ATI. For most games, it runs well as I've got 3d acceleration enabled on it :)