Upgrading CPU?

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Here are my specs:
AMD Athlon XP 2100+ 1.74GHz, 1GB RAM. my Mobo is a ASUS A7N266-VM.

I was wondering if there is a better processor that I could get, with this mobo and setup, that would show significant improvement?? My mobo, won't allow more than the 1GB of RAM, and if it wouldn't be a significant gain with the processor I would just wait until, I can afford to get a whole new comp. Any input would be great, thanks!
 

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also, is it true that a processor install is fairly easy and straight forward?
 
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yeah youre limited to 266fsb so your choice of anything much better than the cpu you have is nil., whats your ram probably PC2100 which again screws you, if you at least had PC3200 you could go 754 or 939 MB with new CPU and get some jump for youre money.
 
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Mr.Magee said:
also, is it true that a processor install is fairly easy and straight forward?
very easy, especially the 754/939 AMD Athlon64, heatsink is very easy to install
 
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download CPU-ID or WCPUID and make sure it is telling you your cpu is running at 1733mhz 13x multiplier, thats as fast as she goes w/o oc'ing
 

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Thanks, for all the advice. Thats kinda what I was thinking. With my mobo, I'm pretty limited. Oh well, guess I'll have to start saving! :D
 

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What would be the absolute fasted CPU that I could install into my mobo??
 
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Mr.Magee said:
What would be the absolute fasted CPU that I could install into my mobo??
i THINK AN xp2400+ 266FSB is all, for one you will not notice a 300mhz difference, and for another you will have a hard time finding a cpu that old
 
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I used to have both an AMD 3000 & 2500... the difference wasn't much... And with the older mobo (as others have stated) its hard to find such CPUs nowadays - or cheap.

The $100 spent on a CPU would be better spent on a NEW PC for $500 or so.

When you have that amount ($600 best) ask us for recommendations - that changes from month to month.
 
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Would you mind helping me pick out a mobo that would be good for this CPU? I like ASUS since thats what I have now and it has been problem free for like 5 years now. But as long as its a decent brand I don't really care. Also would a 430watt coolermaster be enough juice for this upgrade? Thanks alot for all the help and info! (y)
 
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