upgrading motherboard and processor

Asus motherboard / A7v8-x motherboard
January 16, 2009 at 12:42:59
Specs: windows XP home edition, 2.25gb
hi, at the moment i have an asus a7v8x-x motherboard and an AMD ATHLON XP 2200+ 1.79ghz processor which is compatable to this. but the motherboard is old and so the processor also old. im looking to upgrade my motherboard and processor but i have no idea if this is a difficult job and what motherboards and procesors are compatable to eachother. please could you point me in the right direction if you know how i can find compatable motherboards and processors which will make my computer faster and will not be to expensive. thanks Robert.


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#1
January 16, 2009 at 13:15:08
In addition to the board/CPU, RAM has changed, video cards have changed & power supply requirements have changed. You're going to need a complete overhaul. How much are you willing to spend?

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#2
January 16, 2009 at 13:25:44
hi, thanks for the quick reply, i have recently bought a new graphics card, ATI RADEON sapphire HD 2600pro. i also realise that i will need to change my ram and after looking around 4gb (ddr2)will cost me around £30. i am looking for a system that is not top of the range but sufficient for me to run average games and open more than just a few applications at a time. im not really sure about money im just starting to look around and see what i can do to improve my system. thanks for any help James

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#3
January 16, 2009 at 14:33:00
"i have recently bought a new graphics card, ATI RADEON sapphire HD 2600pro"

I'm guessing that it's an AGP card? If so, that's a problem. AGP has been abandoned in favor of PCI express. AMD dropped AGP with the socket 754 platform but there are some Intel socket 775 boards that support AGP.

If you insist on keeping the AGP card, you'll have to build a system using older hardware. If that's the case, it's probably not worthwhile. It's up to you though...make the call & I'll see if I can make some suggestions.


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#4
January 17, 2009 at 02:00:21
hi, thanks for the information, this is why i though i would ask this time so i dont make the same mistake of buying something thats not really what i need. i would be greatful if you could give me some advice on what to look for when buying any hardware to uprade my system and improve performance. thanks very much, James

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#5
January 18, 2009 at 10:40:23
hi, thanks very much for the advice i think this is the route i would take, do you have any recomendation on brands and what i should be looking for (processor speeds and anything else i will need to look out for)thanks very much James

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