HP A1514N cpu upgrade?

Hi, what CPU can I upgrade to on this machine?

HP Pavilion a1514n Pentium 4 3.06 GHz Media Center PC

General Features:
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 pre-installed w/COA
Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz processor 524
512 MB DDR2 RAM (Expandable to 2 GB)
250 GB SATA hard drive
DVD±RW DL LightScribe drive
Integrated video
Integrated High Definition Audio
9-in-1 memory card reader
Integrated IEEE 1394 FireWire
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
56K PCI Modem

Supported Memory Cards:
CompactFlash I (CF)
CompactFlash II (CF)
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Secure Digital (SD)
Memory Stick (MS)
Memory Stick Pro (MS Pro)
SmartMedia (SM)
Micro Drive (MD)

Motherboard Features:
One (1) PCI Express x16 slot
Three (3) PCI slots
Two (2) DIMM sockets
Four (4) SATA connectors

I/O Ports:
Two (2) PS/2 ports
One (1) 15-pin VGA port
One (1) 25-pin parallel port
Seven (7) USB 2.0 ports (four on back and three at front)
Two (2) IEEE 1394 FireWire ports (one on back and one on front)
One (1) RJ-45 Ethernet jack
One (1) RJ-11 modem jack
Digital audio out on back
S-Video jack
Side, rear and C-sub jacks
Line-in, line out and microphone jacks
Line-in, microphone and headphone jacks at front

Case Features:
Two (2) 5.25-inch external drive bays
Two (2) 3.5-inch external bays
One (1) 3.5-inch internal bay
300-watt power supply (100-240V, 50/60 Hz)
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  1. I looks like you've got pretty much the fastest CPU that computer can support, because of its MB and power supply.
  2. What motherboard is that and where is the info about it?
    Thanks for your help.
  3. The chipset on the MB is Radeon Xpress 200, which is an old low-end chipset that only supports up to single-core Pentium 4 and Celeron CPUs. It doesn't support dual-core CPUs. You've already got a fast CPU (for Pentium 4s).

    These types of pre-built computers are normally built with parts that don't have much if any room for future upgrading, in order to save as much production cost as possible. To upgrade your computer, at a minimum you would need to buy a new MB, and new CPU and CPU cooler, a new power supply, and a new operating system (your current copy is almost certainly licensed for use only with the specific MB it came with). You would very likely also need to buy a video card and new RAM. After you've upgraded all that, you've changed just about everything, so it's normally better to just sell your old computer and build a complete new one.

  4. OK, I getya. When I get a new PC, I can use this old one in a network for helping out with 3D renders. I can use the PCI Express slot though for a video upgrade, yes?
  5. In theory, yes. In practice, probably not, since your power supply is so weak, and any decent graphics card will need lots of +12V current.
  6. How about a new 450W PS and get a nVidia 8800 GTS or equivalent?
  7. I'd get a good quality PS with a (real) total of at least 35A of +12V. I think you'll be disappointed in the performance, but at least you can use the new PS and graphics card on a new build.
  8. Mondoman: 'I think you'll be disappointed in the performance.'
    The weak link being the P4 3.06 MHz?
  9. That and the 512MB of RAM (2GB is the minimum for decent performance these days). However, as I said, you'll be able to reuse any new stuff you buy in your next build, so it won't be a waste.

    PS - If you do try to upgrade your HP, make sure there is enough case airflow to handle the big heat load of an 8800 graphics card, and monitor CPU and GPU temps closely for at least the first few days to verify this.
  10. OK thanks.
    This one was recommended to me over at CGSociety:
    Asus® Extreme EN9600GT Silent/HTDI/512M - GeForce™ 9600GT w/512Mb DDR3 & PCI Express x16
    Recommended because of the price at the moment here in Canada at PCCanada and also because, at the vendor site, they say it runs cooler. If you have comments on this card, I'd welcome them.
    BTW, my HP A1514N was a debranded purchase and it came with 1G instead of 512Mb RAM. The RAM upgrade to 2G is my first move because the ZBrush 3D app by Pixologic actually doesn't depend on the video card, but rather: itself, RAM and CPU (especially RAM, apparently). I don't know jack why, but that's what I have been told many times by those in the know at that site. They say you can have just about any card in there and it won't matter, which I can't understand.
    Thanks again.
  11. If you go with a fanless graphics card, internal case airflow is even more important, because such cards don't run any cooler, they just have a monster heat sink and depend on internal case airflow to cool off the heatsink.
    As for the specifics of graphics card performance, check out the (almost monthly) Tom's Hardware graphics card guides to choose your level of performance/price.
  12. I'll look into all. Thanks for the advice.
  13. I have the same a1514n and looking for upgrade the CPU as well.
    I came up different info than the board.
    The motherboard is a ECS RC-410M
    infor from http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00714533&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&man_lang=en&product=3207937&lang=en

    Motherboard description

    * Motherboard manufacturer's name: ECS RC410-M
    * HP/Compaq name: Asterope2-GL8E


    * Socket: 775
    * Supports the following processors:
    o Pentium D 900 series Dual Core
    o Pentium D 800 series Dual Core
    o Pentium 4 500
    o Pentium 4 600
    o Celeron D
    o Celeron D

    Front-side bus (FSB)

    * 800/533 MHz (processor dependent)
    I have seen different HP model with the same RC-410M that came with Pentium D 820
    Is successful upgrade of the a1514n to Pentium D 9xx?
  14. Same deal here. Same mobo with a 2gb ram, 1.5tb hdd, 7300gt 512mb card and a 450w PS. I am looking to hand it over to my 7 year old son but would like to increase the performance. It has the base cpu (runs at 2.8) but can be upgraded to a PD 9XX series...what would be the best cpu to install? Thanks!
  15. The CPU is a PD 820 running at 2.8 just to clarify
  16. bump
  17. bump
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