upgrading the CPU

April 27, 2010 at 15:32:15
Specs: Windows XP
I want ot upgrade the CPU in this system to get a few newer programs, mostly media programs, editing DVD/home videos, current CPU AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2 Ghz 1600 Mhz FSB and 512 MB L2 Cache. Just want to see if it's worth it and what CPUs are compatible.

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#1
April 27, 2010 at 15:37:57
you will need to check in your motherboard's manual for CPU compatibility.

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#2
April 27, 2010 at 16:15:36
Actually, your motherboard manual is probably outdated as far as the CPU upgrade list goes. What you will have to do is go to the board manufacturer's website & find the CPU support chart. You may also have to update the BIOS.

Post the make/model of your board & one of us should be able to help you out, but based on your CPU description, you probably have an older socket 754 system. There are no dual core CPUs for the S754, in fact, there is only one CPU better than the 3400+ & that's the 3700+ at 2.4GHz. It's not worth upgrading for a mere 200MHz increase...you *should* be able to accomplish that by overclocking.

How much RAM do you have? If less than 2GB, that's where you should be putting your money. And if your board has integrated graphics rather than an actual video card, installing a cheap card will release the shared RAM back to the system & take some of the load off the CPU.


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#3
April 30, 2010 at 10:57:12
Need to know what socket the motherboard has.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#4
May 1, 2010 at 19:33:50
I opened up the computer today and and got a little better info. I have three 512mb DDR sticks and one open slot. Not sure about the motherboard but copied down all the names and stuff I could find. Here goes ATI IXP400 SB400 218S4EASA32HK. Hope that is it. The BIOS was PHOENIXBIOS D686 or D888 hard to read. Thanks for the tips!!!!!!!!

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#5
May 1, 2010 at 19:48:12
also says N1996 on it. I think that is probably the important one.

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#6
May 3, 2010 at 11:26:38
Need to know the model of the motherboard. Download and run Sisoft Sandra(or similar) and find out under the motherboard specs.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#7
May 3, 2010 at 16:05:47
IXP400 & SB400 are the same thing...it's the ATI southbridge chipset. The important chipset is the northbridge & it's most likely covered by a heatsink. Looks like it's probably the Radeon Xpress 200 (RS480):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xpress...

The BIOS info provided is useless.

But going back to what I said in response # 2, you have a socket 754 system. The reason I can tell is because you listed the "FSB" as 1600MHz. I put that in quotes because AMD doesn't use a FSB & hasn't for many years. If that's not good enough for you, try entering your CPU info into the filters:

http://products.amd.com/en-us/Deskt...

So we now know that you have a S754 board, with the Xpress 200 northbridge, SB400/IXP400 southbridge & 4 DDR memory slots. We're getting closer.

You realize that the make/model & BIOS info is displayed on the POST screen when you 1st boot up, right? Just press the Pause key to read the info.


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#8
May 3, 2010 at 16:18:05
I hope you don't have an OEM system (Dell, HP/Compaq, gateway, etc), because we could have solved this a week ago by knowing the model number.

Regardless, I'm confident I'm right about it being a S754 system so updating the CPU would just be a waste of time & money. You need a video card & more RAM.


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#9
May 7, 2010 at 20:08:42
Thanks guys, just installed a 512 mb video card and because my OS is Windows XP 32 bit, I am thinking more than 2 GB ram wouldn't help me much so I am going to order that and hope for the best.

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