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March 19, 2007 11:30:10 PM

Good Day All'
This is my first post here on your forum. I am kinda new to upgrading hardware in my PC and I wanna make the most of what I've got before buying a newer box.
I am trying to find out two things.
1. Whats the fastest/biggest prosessor I can install on my HP a230n, it has an Asus A7BX-LA board, I believe it is socket A.
2. How do I tell which socket...AGP or AGP2.0 do I have?

Link to mobo specs below. I am considering installing a GeForce 7800 GS OC but am not sure the motherboard will be a bottleneck. Same thought on the prosessor. Has 1 gig DDR PC2700 installed. Thanks :wink:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us...

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March 20, 2007 12:05:18 AM

The best you'll do with socket a, as far as I know, is the athlon xp mobile cpu. And that is only because you can overclock it and perhaps run it at a lower voltage.

If you are planning on playing games, you may want to just buy a new motherboard and a more modern dual-core cpu. I was cpu-bottlenecked on an athlon xp-m clocked at 2.4 with just a 6800 (not even a 6800gt .. just a plain 6800) with many newer games.

If you can afford it, a cheap core 2 duo system (you can search the forums for build suggestions) would be awesome, and on a budget you can build a full athlon x2 system with an excellent gpu for a little less.
March 20, 2007 12:09:35 AM

Its not really worth installing a new processor into this outdated motherboard. If you can muster about $800 you can get a brand new, much faster computer. As mattc said, a Core 2 or an Athlon X2 system would suit you very well.

You have 8X AGP, which is actually AGP 3.0.

Best of Luck
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March 20, 2007 12:14:14 AM

I second mattc, it doesn't look like you can upgrade much further with your current rig.
March 20, 2007 12:24:54 AM

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The best you'll do with socket a, as far as I know, is the athlon xp mobile cpu. And that is only because you can overclock it and perhaps run it at a lower voltage.

If you are planning on playing games, you may want to just buy a new motherboard and a more modern dual-core cpu. I was cpu-bottlenecked on an athlon xp-m clocked at 2.4 with just a 6800 (not even a 6800gt .. just a plain 6800) with many newer games.

If you can afford it, a cheap core 2 duo system (you can search the forums for build suggestions) would be awesome, and on a budget you can build a full athlon x2 system with an excellent gpu for a little less.


I was thinking of just that. heres a copy I took from another post. I was actually thinking of a new rig...

ASUS P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi (Intel P965 chipset)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
- Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 RAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) or more
- GeForce 8800GTS or GTX
- 250GB HDD
- Corsair/Silverstone/Thermaltake/OCZ/Enermax 600w PSU
Except the MoBo may be an MSI P6n to allow for future growth. Thing is ive never built a system before and have read horror stories if people not setting up their voltages in Bios fast enough and burning stuff out. I really need to get an education on how to get it up and running without destroying stuff. I will scour this site for a few weeks or so as maybe those prosessor prices will come down in the meanwhile. Oh.. and if I can get away with it I'll stick all this new hardware into my Home machine's box:a Compaq Presario 5WV254 Box!!! Now that machine is a Dinosaur 4 sure but its pretty.
March 20, 2007 12:35:33 AM

Looks like you've already been doing your homework....you listed all the right components! I would change the Hard Drive to a 320 Gb, because they're only like $10 more than 250 Gb ones right now.
Other than that, it looks great!
Keep us posted on what your gonna buy.
March 20, 2007 4:06:18 PM

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- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600


IMO the 4300, 6300 and 6400 have better bang for the buck than the 6600, 6700 or 6800. I would vote for the 4300 or 6300 and then upgrade to a quad in a year or so.

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- Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 RAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) or more


If you get the 4300 then go ahead and get 800 so you can run it at 1:1, but if you get anything else you sould get 667 because it's a bit cheaper and still gives you room for upgrade (to 1333 FSB) or overclocking.

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- 250GB HDD


I second the 320GB upgrade.

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Thing is ive never built a system before and have read horror stories if people not setting up their voltages in Bios fast enough and burning stuff out.


Don't worry too much, there really isn't that much of a problem with this sort of thing.
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