Quote: Originally Posted by chris08
Have just registered on this forum and maybe someone can help me.
I just want to get the most out of Windows 7 and there is no chipset drivers on asus website for Windows 7, just XP and Vista and they are from 2006 and 2007. for my Asus P5-lvm 1394 mainboard and I am using an Intel P4 3.2 GHz CPU and 4 GB RAM. No Dual core duo as of yet, but was just wondering if I need to install anything since Windows 7 is working, but it could be faster for my opinion. Any thoughts?
What you have now is what you're going to get. P4 motherboards generally haven't had windows 7-compatible drivers. There's a cutoff of what to support Windows 7 on and you're below that line, I'm afraid.
Pentium IVs aren't the best to compare to newer chips at the same speeds. Their buses are much slower and are on much larger processes.
I wouldn't even spend time upgrading to a Core 2 of any model at this point. If you're looking for a budget upgrade, a micro-ATX motherboard with an AM3 socket and a cheap Phenom II X2 or X4 processor will cost you much less in the long run. My rig has a $70 motherboard and a $120 processor (in USD). Totally worth the price.