So, you're thinking of joining the dual celeron band wagon but aren't sure what to expect? Here are a few things you may want to consider beforehand:
Potential risks of overclocking
- Potential risks of overclocking
- Problems you may run into
- Slocket vs. Socket
- Celeron performance vs. PIII
- Benefits of dual processors
- Price considerations
- Future Upgrades
Of course, a dual Celeron system is just begging to be overclocked. The overclocking aspect of a dual Celeron system is the reason most people go out and buy one in the first place. However, there are always risks when you overclock or fool around with your system. You may damage your processors, motherboard, or other parts. Since overclocking voids your warranty, if anything goes wrong you're pretty much on your own.
Another thing is, by overclocking you lessen the life of your processor. However, since the technology changes so rapidly, do you really expect to be using the same computer in 4-5 years? Some people even upgrade their computer several times during the year. But for an average person who wants to keep up to date but has limited funds, upgrading may only come every 2 or 3 years. In my opinion, overclocking is an acceptable risk. If the processors do die on you, chances are you're probably ready for an upgrade anyway. Remember to be careful when you change the settings on the motherboard.
Slocket vs. Socket
Celerons come in two flavors nowadays, slot 1 and socket 370. These terms refer to the type of interface they use when being attached to the motherboard. Originally, Celerons were all slot 1, but now they are gradually being replaced by socket 370. At the moment, the only dual socket 370 motherboard out there is the Abit BP6. You can either use that for your dual machine, or choose one of the more expensive dual slot 1 motherboards. The real difference here being the use of a slocket to connect your PPGA-Celeron onto slot 1 motherboard
One of the best socket 370 to slot 1 converters available. Allows dual processing by default so no modification is necessary.
If you think about it, a direct socket connection is probably better than a connection through a slocket. Also, if you use an older slocket, you may need to modify it to enable dual processing. However, the dual slot 1 motherboards have been known to be more stable than the BP6. Basically, it all comes down to what you are going to use the system for. If you plan to use the system in an environment where productivity and stability matters, the BP6 may not be for you.
However, it can still be used to build a cheap server solution (for Q3Arena perhaps). You probably would not want to be using overclocked Celerons in an important server anyway. For the rest of the article I will assume you are using a BP6.