Will do this in 2 different post. Have olded HP desktop. Has AM37 Salsa board. Now back to original 256Mb RAM. With Athlon XP 2000+ (1.67Ghz real) CPU. 266 FSB. How much faster CPU will this board handle? 2600+, 2800+, 3000+, 3200+?
Run cpu-z, a free download to see what chipset your board has. That will help you decide if a cpu upgrade will work or if it's worth the money. I have a compaq presario, and the motherboard is listed with cpu support right on the page. If the cpu costs too much, you might look for a cpu-motherboard combo with socket 754 or just bite the bullet and go for a ddr2 upgrade. I just swapped out my hp g31 for an ecs g33 board just to get 4 memory slots. If you decide to swap boards, check the back of the case for a removable backplate (i/o shield) to see if it takes a standard micro atx board.
i guess i didn't ask correctly. somewhere i ran onto a site that told how much faster cpu an AM37 board would support. by my mistake i forgot to bookmark the site. just trying to find something that would tell me that so i would know how much faster cpu i can install.