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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Catoir, Dec 13, 2001.

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  1. Catoir

    Catoir Thread Starter

    Aug 28, 2000
    This forum has been a huge help in the past some I'm looking for some advice.

    I have an "old" PC and I'm thinking about upgrading my motherboard and processor to something less obsolete (the reason? to get a game loaded my daughter wants that requires 233 processor). I have the following:

    Tyan Tomcat socket 7 MB
    awe 64 sound card
    an ancient 2d video card
    an also ancient orchid 3d card
    win 95

    I am thinking all I have to deal with is the MB and processor.

    Am I right in my assumption? And, what is a good site to walk me through this process?

    Looking forward to the adventure,
  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    It probably requires a PII 233 not a regular PI. You really can't do much with that motherboard as far as upgrading too much farther. If you do upgrade to a PII you are going to have to get a new case, power supply, memory, CPU, video card. You would probably be better off buying a whole new system for the cost of the upgrad to your current system.
  3. Rikku


    Dec 11, 2001
    I guess the first question is - how much are you willing to spend?

    That will help determine which route you need to take!

    That particular motherboard can only, at most, accept a processor as fast as 200, maybe 233. So getting a new CPU by itself probably isn't an option.

    But replacing the MB and CPU usually means replacing other components as well (like the RAM and maybe one of your cards).

    Assuming you can keep your current hard drive, you could go the route of getting a new motherboard with onboard video, sound, etc. so you don't need to buy those extra components - but then you would have to buy a processor and RAM.

    Prices aren't bad these days, so you could expect to get that kind of bundle for pretty cheap.

    I've seen a bundle that includes
    950 Athlon processor w/fan
    Motherboard w/sound,video,modem,network card
    and a new case and power supply
    for $199
    add $30 for a stick of Ram and you'd be in business! :)
  4. Catoir

    Catoir Thread Starter

    Aug 28, 2000
    Good points about the case and power supply and I forgot about getting different RAM.

    Your right 200 is the max for this MB.

    I was hoping to spend less than $200 which it looks like I can almost do, but in doing so, there won't be a whole lot left of my old computer and I'd be gambling with a creaky old HD.

    The logical thing to do would be return the game and eventually get a new computer.

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