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upgrading CPU, same MOBO. How high can i go?

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December 30, 2005 2:25:42 PM

I've got the following specs right now.

CPU - AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2400+
Mainboard - Asus A7V8X-X (latest bios as of today)
Ram - 512 MBytes of PC2700 (166 MHz)


The Asus site lists the specs of this board as
Socket A for AMD Athlon XP / Athlon / Duron Thoroughbred / Barton Core Support
Chipset Via KT400(A), Via VT8235
Front Side Bus 333/266/200mhz

Unfortunately most of this is greek to me.

Simple question, If i want to upgrade my CPU without upgrading my MOBO, how far can i go?

Thanks
December 30, 2005 2:58:33 PM

Barton core XP 3000 with the 333mhz FSB. But you can get an XP-m 2400 or 2600 andover clock it at least to 2.3 ghz. You may have stabilityprobs like I did. You have the same set upas I did BTW
December 30, 2005 3:02:31 PM

If i get that baron core at 3000, i'd have to upgrade my 2700 ram, right?
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December 30, 2005 3:11:03 PM

I have owned one of these boards a while ago and know the Largest CPU that it will accept that is still available is an XP3000 in its 333fsb flavor. I believe this CPU is no longer in production, Tigerdirect still stocks them. Also there was a XP3200 model with this fsb in limited quantities and would probably be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Both these CPU's were very hot (over 70W i believe) so a cooler rated for this speed CPU is in order if you decide to replace it. And on that note try to avoid a heavy cooler that could damage your motherboard, Artic Cooling makes a cheap and reliable cooler that doesn't put too much of a load on the ZIF socket for under 20 bucks.


Good Luck
December 31, 2005 2:38:49 AM

Absolutely not. You can use whatever RAM you want. Look, I have to be honest with you though. You are better off upgrading the mobo and the CPU. You are going to drop 120-140 on a CPU that is not going to yield you any serious improvements. When I overclocked my XP-m 2400 from 1.8 ghz to 2.35 Ghz I noted the following improvements:
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Encoded it into 1/3 of its original time using auto GK.
1.8 ghz mode took 2:12 min/sec to finish
2.35 ghz mode took 1:45

A 1.8 ghz Athlon 64 took 1:35

If you bought a sempron 3000 you would get comparable performance to the A64 3000 quoted above. for about 80 bucks. You can find an AGP based mobo for about 50 bucks. You would also get a better gaming rig and it would be cooler. Trust me on this. I have your same computer sitting at home right now...
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