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upgrading to AMD, got some ?'s

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by andymodem, Apr 23, 2002.

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  1. andymodem

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    The current setup i have is a Dell Pentium 2 450, i want to replace the motherboard with one that has an AMD XP processor. i dont know what size my mother board is ( AT, ATX, etc) i'm not sure what i have and i don't want to get the wrong thing. Any reccomendations as to brand of board, this isn't gonna be some extreme game machine, so i don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on it. I was thinkin of the XP 2000+ chip. Anyone know any good websites to order this stuff from? Thanks alot in advance.
     
  2. brianF

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    Word of warning, you better check out. Dell motherboards are generally proprietary along with their cases. I doubt a normal ATX board will fit in the case and have i/o's line up correctly.
    Your going to need a new power supply for sure, you might as well go with a new case/power supply AMD certified
     
  3. andymodem

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    damn dell, thanks for the info

    btw brian, where in minnesota are u from, i'm from eagan, stuck at work right now at 3m
     
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    Moundsview, northern suburb
     
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    Also, your old ram will not work in an athlon, so you will also need new ram.

    I have bought stuff from www.tigerdirect.com in the past. They have a nice Soyo Dragon motherboard kit plus other various kits.
     
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    You can get the Epox 8k3a mobo (The best overclocking mobo
    there is) for around $105 (w/ S&H) and a AMD Athlon XP1700+
    (1647mhz) cpu for $100 (w/ S&H) and start from there.
    The XP2000+ cpu (1670mhz) right now sells for around $185.

    All these prices are from www.pricewatch.com

    I would suggest the XP1700+ and overclock it to 1650mhz and you'll have the same speed as the XP2000+ and save $80.

    You'll have to upgrade your memory to DDR.
     
  7. andymodem

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    Cool, thanks for all the info, next thing to do i guess is make up a list of everything, and start ordering. :D
     
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    Andy,
    Thought I'd drop in my 2cents Date: Fri, http://www.newegg.com/
    Good prices fast shipping and member BBB.
    have a great day Steve
     
  9. andymodem

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    Already been loooking there :) Thanks.



    BTW, i'm running Windows XP Corporate, when i get all this stuff, can i just hook it all up and turn on the machine with out having to reinstall windows and all my other garbage on there, or would it be better to do a clean reinstall?
     
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    I just upgraded my motherboard, processor and memory and bought everything from www.mwave.com. All the vendor sites gave them really high marks and I was completely satisfied. Look at the barebone systems and motherboard combos (board, chip, memory).
     
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