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January 16, 2010 at 18:23:14
Specs: Windows Xp, 512

I have an old Compaq Presario 5BW130 that i want to upgrade. I have already upgraded its RAM from 64mb to its maximum of 512mb and now i would like to upgrade the CPU. The only problem is that i have no idea what processors are compatible with this pc.

I would also like to say that I understand that this pc is very old and that it would be a lot easier to just buy a newer and more modern one but i already have two newer pcs. I am just upgrading this one for the fun of it.

Here are the current system specs:

Motherboard: 191767-003 COMPAQ
CPU: Intel Celeron processor 667 MHz
System Bus: 66 MHz system bus
Cache :128KB L2 Pipeline Burst Cache
System Memory: 512 MB PC100 SDRAM
Hard Drive Capacity : 15 GB
Hard Drive Interface: DMA/ATA-66 (Ultra)

Here is the link to a pic of the motherboard in case you for some reason need it:

I really need to know the maximum CPU that this motherboard can handle. also thinking of upgrade the hard drive but not sure what option is the best adding an external hard drive or an internal

Any help is highly appreciated.
Thanks In Advance!

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January 16, 2010 at 19:12:58
First your link does not work.

What are you intending on using it for?

You have a system that is 10years old and I suspect that after you try upgrading the stress on the system will generate problems that are more trouble than resurrecting an old system is worth for your time.

I do not know where you are but trying to upgrade a system that old will cost you more for parts than a new system will. Running XP on a system with only 512mb will be extremely slow.

The review I read from 2000 stated the graphics were poor for any gaming or decent video work. The specs do not indicate any upgrade level for the CPU, I suspect it would be in the range of a P4, 1-1.2G. I can't find the CPU socket listed on the specs, do you know what is on the board?

The specsindicate that one of the first things would be trying to find a power supply that would handle the changes. The one you have is 145W and a minimum to boost CPU, HDD, CD would be 250-300W.

Price guesses
PSU = $30
HDD (80GB) = $40
DVD = $30
CPU = $ (dependent on the socket needed)


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January 16, 2010 at 19:33:32
Not easy to nail down the necessary data on this old system.
Have gleaned that the processor is socket370 intel and the board supports 66/100/133 bus which MAY let you instal up to a 1ghz celeron or pentium3 processor. Any of the higher speed P3 type processors would be tualatin and definitely not compatible. I cannot even guarantee you can go as high as the 1ghz as I haven't found info on what the bios limitations are regarding cache & multiplier factors. If you can get hold of a P3 1ghz processor at the right price ( next to nothing) then try it and see. If you have to pay real money for a CPU ( more than $20) then it isn't worth the expense unless you find a local second-hand supplier who will take back/exchange if it doesn't work. It's all good learning experience.

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January 17, 2010 at 08:53:03
Here's the pic:

And here's the exact same post from over 6 months ago:

You have to find out exactly which CPUs your board supports. If the board only runs at 66MHz FSB, your only choice is a Celeron. If it can also run at 100MHz, you *should* be able to run a P3.

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