Upgrading cpu's n1996 and I just go

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October 4, 2008 at 12:48:38
Specs: Win xp, 1.6 1gig
I have a semi old n1996 motherboard and looking to upgrade the cpu.. I do know it takes "socket A" but I guess im lost. I was given a intel p4 3.0 cpu and not sure if it is compadable.. can someone help a pc nub out? =D

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October 4, 2008 at 13:21:30
Socket A is for AMD CPU's only (Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron, possibly Sempron).

n1996 is NOT the model number of the board. See if there's something printed on the board, possibly between the PCI slots or it may be on a label somewhere.

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October 4, 2008 at 13:44:41
"I have a semi old n1996 motherboard " If that is date of manufacture, in computer terms that's beyond old, it's ancient.
A p4 cpu requires an Intel based 478 chipset, however if that computer you have is in fact old, chances are that not only the motherboard but also the power supply will need to be replaced.
Also you would need the correct heatsink and fan for the cpu and thermal grease.
To put it plainly in order for you to be able to use the p4 cpu you have, you would need to spend more money than is practicle.
You would probably pickup a working second hand p4 computer for about a $100 or less, without all the problems.

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October 4, 2008 at 14:06:53
Hrmm vt8235 is all I could find.. unless im going blind.. Ohh yeah btw.. Thanks again guys for the help

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October 4, 2008 at 14:09:38
I do have the heat sink.. and the power supply that's in now is300w, i was also told I don't need to upgrade the supply unless I upgrade my vidcard. as for how old.. I really could not tell you.. I do know the speed if that helps.. 1.6.. lol

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October 4, 2008 at 14:25:49
Socket A is for CPU's manufactured by AMD, P4's are manufactured by Intel. Therefore not interchangeable!!!!

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October 4, 2008 at 14:41:45
VT8235 is the Southbridge chip on the mothrboard. That will be the big one near the bottom of the board.


Download an run SIW (Sofware Information for Windows). It will tell you exactly what you have in the way of hardware.



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October 4, 2008 at 16:49:58
does it have a cpu & ram currently install?
does it boot? if it is your only computer, it is worth some small upgrades, maybe ram, don't spend to much. It is still a machine that can be used.


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October 4, 2008 at 22:24:46
The N1996 is an Australian compliance code stamped on MSI motherboards and not a model number or date:


The MSI model number will usually be of the form MS-xxxx, where xxxx are numbers.

If it's an OEM board--made by MSI for HP, emachine, etc.--it may not have the MSI model number. In that case you'd go to the HP, emachine (or whatever) site for upgrade info.

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