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CPU Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cris 3, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. cris 3

    cris 3 Thread Starter

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    Any opinions on Athlon XP processors?

    I am thinking about upgrading from a Duron 800 to a Athlon1.4GHz.

    Will I get a substantial improvement?
     
  2. buddhafabio

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    i had a 750 duron processor in my compaq. i went to a 1.1 athlon and saw a big differance. if your board supports it i would go higher than 1.4 as it wouldnt be much more expensive
     
  3. RSM123

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    Any increase in performance you get from a better CPU will be dependent on the other components you have in your setup - perhaps you could supply some information on your pc (or the one you intend to put together) ..


    Motherboard / CPU / Graphics Card / Ram.

    In the meantime check here :

    http://www.tomshardware.com

    And use their Search feasture as they have detailed benchmark tests for each aspect of pc hardware.
     
  4. cris 3

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    Gigabyte GA-7IXE4 motherboard, NVIDIA GE Force2 card, 320Mb RAM, Duron 800.

    The fastest processor this board will support is the Athlon 1.4G 200FSB.

    Is this worth upgrading to?
     
  5. Annorax

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    Upgrading your processor to anything at least about 500mhz faster than you have now will yield a noticeable difference. The Athlons also have more cache memory than the Durons do.
     
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  7. compilerxp

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    What is your goal with the upgrade?

    1 - does your machine feel slow? (To me, I like AMD XP2000+ and faster CPUs) if not, then don't worry about. But then, you may have Windows issues that can severely slow down your machine... such as your c:/temp (folder) - empty it... or how big as well as your temporty Internet folder (which typically works best from the dos prompt).

    2 - What do you want youe machine to be faster for? Gaming? 3DWork/ Video?

    3 - what is your budget?

    For example, a AMD 1.4Ghz CPU should be around $50 new, maybe $25 or so used.
     
  8. putasolution

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    Personally, I think it would be more econonically viable to upgrade your mobo and CPU rather than to replace the CPU alone.

    Your GA-7IXE4 will only support the 200FSB version of the Athlon and on pricewatch, the cheapest that that particular CPU can be obtained for is $141

    I think I would rather spend that on a mobo combo, getting a Athlon XP 2600+ with fan, for around $160
     
  9. compilerxp

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    YIKES!! That's high... but thats because its a bit of a rare chip to run at 200mhz... But who knows, perhaps the poster can get it for $50 - that's the most I'd pay for such a chip.

    Otherwise, pick up a KT-400 Chipset board for about $50~70 (I recommend MSI for the budget - includes onboard audio & very good NIC) I'm about to sell a used one to a friend for $40 in perfect condition. Then pop in an AMD XP2600 with fan (retail version) for about $100... But he would have to buy NEW RAM for the newer boards... $50~60 = 256mb or $75~90 for 512mb.

    $250 - roughly for CPU, Mobo & RAM

    Could go low-end and get an ECS board which would allow use use of slower RAM... those boards are about $40~50, not high on performance. But would save on spending RAM now. (I wouldn't do it)

    An AMD XP 2600 on a new board would be about twice as fast as the 1400...
     
  10. putasolution

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    I agree, compilerXP , hence my suggestion for an alternative, the ECS K7S5A for me isn't a bad board, and even with an Athlon 2000XP+ inwhich can use his existing SD ram OR DDR ram at $37 for the mobo and CPU at $59.

    I have an ECS K7S5A, 1800XP with DDR, as a server and quite honestly, it is a superb bit of kit for no outlay
     
  11. crjdriver

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    An Asus AV8X-X is only $64.00 @ newegg; with free shipping. This is a very stable board without the problems of ECS boards.
     
  12. putasolution

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    Little devils to upgrade your RAM though if you have an AGP card , but yes, a very stable mobo ;)
     
  13. StillLearnin'

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    cris3: IF you want to go cheap as you can:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=19-104-157&refer=Dealtime

    This is your cheapest way to more speed( it won't double it, but it WILL be noticeable especially since the cache is higher-192k.)

    For ~$250 you may be able to purchase a quality mobo (Asus), an AMD cpu(2500+ Barton) and 512MB ram and get significant gains for now and in the future. A hard drive upgrade would be in order also as your present mobo only supports ATA66. Very little moola- get the 1.3 Duron. Plenty of moola- time to build new!
     
  14. plschwartz

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  15. StillLearnin'

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    plschwartz: The cheapest price on the link you provided was $96.00!!Link info:

    $ 96.00 CPU-AMD-A1200/PGA 227567

    Microstorm.com $108.00 See Site Yes CA 09/17/03 No
    Memory 4 Less $96.00 $6.95 Yes CA 09/17/03 No
    ComputerHQ.com $101.00 See Site Yes CA 09/17/03 No


    The price at newegg was $40 plus FREE shipping.
     
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