possible upgrades?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion a450n desktop
October 7, 2009 at 03:36:25
Specs: Windows XP
well i was recently handed a computer about 5 yrs old to replace my HP Pavilion a450y. my old HP crashed frequently, but never figured it out.

the new used computer's specs:
Motherboard: ASUS P4PE
CPU: Intel Celeron, 801 MHz
Memory: 1GB of DDR RAM
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700, 128 Mb

HP Pavilion a450y specs:
Motherboard: ASUS P4SD-LA PES
CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 3Ghz
Memory: 1GB of DDR SDRAM
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 PRO, 512MB

will it be an upgrade to swap out the CPU's and video cards?

I want to make my system better in every possible way for gaming and streaming videos online.

and is it just as easy to just swap them?

please help!

i'd greatly appreciate the input.



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October 7, 2009 at 03:53:46
According to this, looks like you could go to a 3.4GHz P4 & 2 GB of RAM. You'd have to disable the onboard graphics to add a better card (and need to be wary of the low-wattage power supplies that most OEMs install in their machines):


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October 14, 2009 at 00:46:05
thank you for the responses!

3.4GHz P4 & 2 GB of RAM.
I actually want to keep the ASUS P4PE motherboard. I plan to upgrade to Intel Pentium4 Socket 478 3.0GHz 800FSB Processor.
what type of RAM will i need? I currently run on 2x 512MB PC2700 333MHz= 1GB of RAM. do i upgrade RAM to PC3200 400MHz? or should i save my money?
I currently run a 400W power supply, which is probably plenty?

i greatly appreciate everything!

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October 14, 2009 at 07:35:46
If the FSB is 800MHz (as mentioned in the specs), then you'd need PC3200 memory. May want to download the manual for the MoBo here:


Again, OEM's have a tendency to overstate their P/S rating, so caveat emptor on that one...

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October 15, 2009 at 03:44:56
i've made a decision! i want to upgrade to P4 3.2GHz and 2gb of RAM.
will it matter what brand of PC3200 memory is used? or will any brand that is PC3200 400Mhz (2x 1GB) work?
i found this site:

are these the only brands i can use on my P4PE motherboard?

"Qualified DDR400/PC3200 Memory Module for the P4PE Series

Vender Model Size
SS A DATA K4H560838D-TCC4 DDR400 256MB
SS Infineon HYB25D256160BT-5B DDR400 128MB
SS Infineon HYB25D256800BT-5B DDR400 256MB
SS A DATA W942508BH-5 DDR400 256MB
SS KINGSTON W942508BH-5 DDR400 256MB
SS hynix HY5DU56822BT-D43 DDR400 256MB
SS TwinMos TMD7608F8E50D DDR400 256MB
SS Apacer K4H560838D-TCC4 DDR400 256MB
DS Apacer K4H560838D-TCC4 DDR400 512MB
SS Transcend V58C2256804SAT5 DDR400 256MB
DS Transcend V58C2256804SAT5 DDR400 256MB
*SS:-Single-sided DIMM
*DS-Double-sided DIMM "

i want to be very accurate the parts i purchase will work to save me trouble. i want to MAX out my upgrade, but never upgraded before.

oh yea, i'll be running on WinXP Pro, if that matters.

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October 15, 2009 at 07:31:13
"are these the only brands i can use on my P4PE motherboard?

"Qualified DDR400/PC3200 Memory Module for the P4PE Series

Vender Model Size
SS A DATA K4H560838D-TCC4 DDR400 256MB ....."

Probably not, but I'd buy from a reputable dealer that guarantees their memory to work. Had trouble with finding compatible memory for an old Dell machine (using now) until I found a site that guaranteed compatibility. Only slightly more expensive than the other (non-compatible) sticks that I had tried (3 times)...

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October 15, 2009 at 11:31:49
Before spending the money to upgrade the system total all the prices for the upgrade.

CPU - P4, 3.2Ghz - $80 - 100
RAM - 2GB DDR400 kit - $80 - 100
VIdeo - if the 9800 512mb is good it is a better choice. The boards are both AGP (old school)
Hard drive - is the drive large enough?

Current gaming requirements keep increasing, now the goal is to have a decent Core 2 CPU, 512-1GB video card and 4GB of RAM. Look at the games you wish to run and see what they recommend for use (look beyond minimums, most users get frustrated in game performance if all they get is minimum hardware).

Spending $200 - 300 on upgrade is questionable when $500 - 800 can get the start of a gaming box.


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October 16, 2009 at 14:03:02
i've been searchin for a good price on the CPU. is OEM CPUs quality equivalent to Intel's P4?

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October 16, 2009 at 19:27:46
The difference between an OEM and boxed is the OEM usually does not come with a fan. Specs are the same.


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October 16, 2009 at 19:30:11
Here's the difference between OEM and "boxed" CPUs:


...but you may want to take rich1949's advice---you may be (financially) better off saving up for a new system. When you get past one or two component upgrades, then you could actually spend more on upgrading than buying new...

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October 17, 2009 at 15:33:26
is a new heatsink n fan necessary? or is that for overclockers (which i'm reading on)?

i need somethin fast quick, n im on a tight budget. but here's what i'm gettin.

CPU= P4 3.06Ghz ($54.00)


RAM= Kingston 2x 1GB PC2700 ($24.99 ea)


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October 17, 2009 at 15:34:58
if i had to save up for a new system, it would take me over a year. lots on my plate. n i needa good system fast.

i appreciate the advice though.

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October 17, 2009 at 18:24:20
"is a new heatsink n fan necessary? or is that for overclockers (which i'm reading on)?"

Without a HS/Fan your CPU will last about one minute or less (so yes, it's an absolute necessity). Your current one may suffice, but robbing the current one isn't something I'd chance on a new CPU...

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October 18, 2009 at 22:38:39
i guess i asked the question incorrectly.

should i get a brand new heatsink n fan, even if i have one already from my current CPU?

or should i get a new one if i want to OC?

will my stock heatsink n fan be enough for a P4 3.06Ghz?

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