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Richard Webster

XP Gaming Build - Single or Dual Core CPU

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey folks I'm planning a "retro" XP build, and while I haven't settled on whether I want to use components of the era, or low end modern gear yet (if anyone has any thoughts feel free to suggest), I can't decide which type of CPU to go for.

 

Most XP era games, and even some later ones, really only need a fast single core CPU. However would I be shooting myself in the foot if I don't get a strong dual core one instead? I don't really plan on playing Crysis on this thing, probably only the following kind of titles:

 

Strategy (AoE, Empire Earth, Civ)

RPGs (Oblivion, KotoR)

Far Cry / Doom 3 / Half Life 1 & 2

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Quad core. Old quad core Xeons and Q6600s are $10 on eBay. Grab whatever is compatible with the motherboard you're planning on using.


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Consider an older quad core, like a core 2 quad or a phenom. Some of the games you mentioned are from the dual core era (oblivion).

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I would recommend a Core2 Duo because it has better single-core speed than most single-core CPU's. Core2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz would be pretty easy to find and it was one of the best CPU's for gaming in 2008.

 

For graphics card I'd recommend something from around the same time. Oblivion is pretty heavy for both CPU and GPU.


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PC 2: Intel Xeon X5677 @ 3.47GHz, HP 0B4Ch (X58), 12gb DDR3 1333MHz, Asus GeForce GTX 660 DC2, 240gb SSD, 1tb HDD

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General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion

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PC 3: Intel Xeon W3550 @ 3.07GHz, HP (X58), 8gb DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (GPU: 1050MHz MEM: 1250MHz), 120gb SSD, 2tb, 1tb and 500gb HDD

PC 4: Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.8GHz, Asus P5KC, 8gb DDR2, NVIDIA GeForce GT 430, 32gb SSD and 500gb HDD

HTPC: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz, HP DC7900SFF, 8gb DDR2 800MHz, Asus Radeon HD 6570, 4tb HDD

WinXP PC: Intel Core2 Duo E6300 @ 2.33GHz, Asus P5B, 2gb DDR2 667MHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT, 32gb SSD and 80gb HDD

RetroPC: Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.0GHz, Gigabyte GA-8SGXLFS, 2gb DDR1, ATi Radeon 9800 Pro, 2x 40gb HDD

My first PC: Intel Celeron 333MHz, Diamond Micronics C400, 384mb RAM, Diamond Viper V550 (NVIDIA Riva TNT), 6gb and 8gb HDD

Server: 2x Intel Xeon E5420, Dell PowerEdge 2950, 32gb DDR2, ATI ES1000, 4x 146gb SAS

Dual Opteron PC: 2x AMD Opteron 2218, HP XW9400, 12gb DDR2, ATI Radeon 3650, 500gb HDD

Core2 Duo PC: Intel Core2 Duo E8400, HP DC7800, 4gb DDR2, NVIDIA Quadro FX1700, 1tb and 80gb HDD

Athlon XP PC: AMD Athlon XP 2400+, MSI something, 1,5gb DDR1, ATI Radeon 9200, 40gb HDD

Thinkpad: Intel Core2 Duo T7200, Lenovo Thinkpad T60, 4gb DDR2, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400, 1tb HDD

Pentium 3 PC: Intel Pentium 3 866MHz, Asus CUSL2-C, 512mb RAM, 3DFX VooDoo 3 2000 AGP

 

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Really just depends on the era of xp you want to go for, because XP spanned a lot of technological advancement in PC hardware.

At the earliest, socket 423 Pentium 4's or Socket 462 Athlon XPs are good single core options. 478 would also be an option with some boards supporting P4 HT's and pcie which would make for a good "middle age" XP machine.

Socket 775 limit yourself to either Pentium 4's, Pentium D's or very early Core2duos.

Conroe Core2duos were more vista hardware and while a lot of people ran XP straight to 7, it wouldn't really be an XP machine to run a core2extreme and a GeForce 8 or 9 gpu.

 

My XP machine is an Athlon XP 1900+ with 512mb of 400mhz DDR and a geforce4 ti 4600

 

Another I've seen here is a 2.2ghz northwood Pentium 4 with 1gb of ram and a FX 5700 Ultra.

 

The newest hardware I've seen someone make an XP machine with that wasn't entirely stupid was lazygamereviews XP build with a core2extreme and 2gb of ddr2 with 8800 GTS SLi. I personally don't consider this an XP type of computer, since that hardware was well into windows vista, but it's not the biggest of sins. (Some dude ran a GTX 480 in a "retro" xp build on YouTube and I wanted to die)

 

For the games you want to play, single core socket 478 or 775, GeForce 6 series would be appropriate. Something like a 775 P4 HT with a 6600GT and 1gb of ram, ddr1 or ddr2

 

make sure to get a bitchin sound card, pic related 

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The Core 2 Duo E8400, 8500 and 8600 are the kings of the XP era. High IPC, high clock speeds. The C2Q Q6600 is slower in games.


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2 minutes ago, Pasi123 said:

For graphics card I'd recommend something from around the same time. Oblivion is pretty heavy for both CPU and GPU.

I'd wager the HD4870, HD4890 and GTX275/280 are probably the best options. They're cheap too.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

The Core 2 Duo E8400, 8500 and 8600 are the kings of the XP era. High IPC, high clock speeds. The C2Q Q6600 is slower in games.

I'm kind of interested in the E8600 now. Benchmarks really well. I can get one off eBay now for less than £10 + delivery. Should I jump in?

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2 minutes ago, Richard Webster said:

I'm kind of interested in the E8600 now. Benchmarks really well. I can get one off eBay now for less than £10 + delivery. Should I jump in?

Yup. They also OC rather well :)  4GHz is ezpz


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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

@campy great post mate, I was thinking an ATI card of the era...

 

Edit - 4870 is too powerful for what I want. I've been cheeky on the CPU, but want to get a card from 2005/2006 era I think.

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Normally I find with older Games 98 up I can run on windows 10 I use a no CD patch and patching it to the latest version. It the 32 bit games that I have problem with witch is not much games.

I was going to do a guide on how to do it with the files you need but of course you will need the original game. But with most site you get shot down before you even start🤐   

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21 minutes ago, Trevor87 said:

Normally I find with older Games 98 up I can run on windows 10 I use a no CD patch and patching it to the latest version. It the 32 bit games that I have problem with witch is not much games.

I was going to do a guide on how to do it with the files you need but of course you will need the original game. But with most site you get shot down before you even start🤐   

xp machining in this time is just sort of ludicriss hobby … though i shouldn't talk much because atm i'm playing star general, a game from '96.. with good old dosbox, this is ofcourse on my supersleak 6 core 

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Athlon XPs paired with an FX series or X series card is where it's at for peak XP era hardware. I love Core2s but I consider them too new for an XP build. My setup runs Oblivion flawlessly.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
10 minutes ago, ApolloX75 said:

Athlon XPs paired with an FX series or X series card is where it's at for peak XP era hardware. I love Core2s but I consider them too new for an XP build. My setup runs Oblivion flawlessly.

Hmm... maybe I shouldn't have cheated and instead gone for an AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 or something.

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15 minutes ago, ApolloX75 said:

Athlon XPs paired with an FX series or X series card is where it's at for peak XP era hardware. I love Core2s but I consider them too new for an XP build. My setup runs Oblivion flawlessly.

How about first Core2 Duo's (Conroe) that were released before Vista? Many Core2 Duo computers came with Windows XP installed from the factory and many people used WinXP on custom built Core2 Duo PC's back in the day.

 

My XP gaming systems:

Spoiler

 

AMD Athlon XP 2400+, MSI KT4V, 1.5GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440, 40gb HDD

 

Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.0GHz, Gigabyte mobo, 2GB RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, 2x 40GB HDD's

 

Intel Core2 Duo E6300 @ 2.33GHz, Asus P5B, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 (I'm planning to upgrade it to a GeForce 8800 series card)

 

 


Intel Xeon X5670 @ 4.44GHz, Asus P6X58D-E, 24gb Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz, Asus GeForce GTX 960 Turbo OC, 250gb Samsung SSD, 4tb and 2x 2tb HDD, Fractal Design Define R5

PC 2: Intel Xeon X5677 @ 3.47GHz, HP 0B4Ch (X58), 12gb DDR3 1333MHz, Asus GeForce GTX 660 DC2, 240gb SSD, 1tb HDD

Laptop: Dell Latitude E6430, Intel Core i5-3210M, 6gb DDR3 1600MHz , Intel HD 4000, 120gb SSD

Phone: Huawei Honor 9 64GB Watch: Motorola Moto 360 1st Gen.

General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion

Some other PC's:

Spoiler

PC 3: Intel Xeon W3550 @ 3.07GHz, HP (X58), 8gb DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (GPU: 1050MHz MEM: 1250MHz), 120gb SSD, 2tb, 1tb and 500gb HDD

PC 4: Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.8GHz, Asus P5KC, 8gb DDR2, NVIDIA GeForce GT 430, 32gb SSD and 500gb HDD

HTPC: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz, HP DC7900SFF, 8gb DDR2 800MHz, Asus Radeon HD 6570, 4tb HDD

WinXP PC: Intel Core2 Duo E6300 @ 2.33GHz, Asus P5B, 2gb DDR2 667MHz, NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT, 32gb SSD and 80gb HDD

RetroPC: Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.0GHz, Gigabyte GA-8SGXLFS, 2gb DDR1, ATi Radeon 9800 Pro, 2x 40gb HDD

My first PC: Intel Celeron 333MHz, Diamond Micronics C400, 384mb RAM, Diamond Viper V550 (NVIDIA Riva TNT), 6gb and 8gb HDD

Server: 2x Intel Xeon E5420, Dell PowerEdge 2950, 32gb DDR2, ATI ES1000, 4x 146gb SAS

Dual Opteron PC: 2x AMD Opteron 2218, HP XW9400, 12gb DDR2, ATI Radeon 3650, 500gb HDD

Core2 Duo PC: Intel Core2 Duo E8400, HP DC7800, 4gb DDR2, NVIDIA Quadro FX1700, 1tb and 80gb HDD

Athlon XP PC: AMD Athlon XP 2400+, MSI something, 1,5gb DDR1, ATI Radeon 9200, 40gb HDD

Thinkpad: Intel Core2 Duo T7200, Lenovo Thinkpad T60, 4gb DDR2, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400, 1tb HDD

Pentium 3 PC: Intel Pentium 3 866MHz, Asus CUSL2-C, 512mb RAM, 3DFX VooDoo 3 2000 AGP

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Ok thinking about it I made the right call with the C2D E8600. I was XP right up to 7, so for my build its about right. Plus I still have a bunch of DDR2 RAM lying around.

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