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Quick,Simple, Upgrade for Old PC Info Please

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December 1, 2008 6:21:22 PM

I saw your website it looks good. I have hanging question. I have
an old pc that is a Celeron 700 on an ASUS motherboard. All I want
is for it to be a little faster (small amount). I was hoping for
1.5GHz or less. Where would i find chips for this? Where is a quick guide ?

BTW, The motherboard has a CPU with 370 pinout. Again where do I find a quick
CPU chips and upgrade adapters ? (ITEL, AMD,etc)

Thanks
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December 1, 2008 6:57:23 PM

Only thing I can suggest is ebay, or craigslist. That socket is no longer manufactured, however a new system build can be very cheap.


Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25 nothing special, just a cheap case
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 ECS NFORCE9M-A (has onboard geforce 8100)(can upgrade the CPU later)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$23 AMD LE-1150 single core 2.0GHz
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$22 OCZ DDR2 800 2x 1GB
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50 250GB Seagate
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 Samsung 20x DVDR/RW
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 Antec NeoPower 550 (don't skimp on the PSU, replace the one that comes with the case ASAP)

Total no OS: $245 + S&H (not counting MIR, or special/combo deals)

This is possibly still cheaper, and more upgradeable than that fossil. (easier to find cheap parts too)
December 1, 2008 9:31:51 PM

Op

Socket 370 (according to Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PC's 18th Edition) is a Pentium/ Celeron III setup. Just buy a >1Ghz Pentium III of Ebay for <10.00 USD (watch out for CPU cooling issues with a faster CPU). Plenty of choice pickings listed over here on the UK Ebay site. Make sure it's a Pentium III (for the extra CPU cache).

If the motherboard or PSU blow up - then go with a new build. :crazy: 

Bob
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December 1, 2008 11:02:58 PM

You did not state what motherboard or chipset it was using. Most would only accept the 1000mhz or less processors. Newer revisions such as tusl2 or tusi would accept the Tualatin models up to 1400mhz.
A little more information and we can give an exact answer.
December 2, 2008 7:39:20 AM

After doing a bit more research...

You have a socket 370 Coppermine Celeron III which tops out at 1.1Ghz (Pentium or Celeron). Any P-III Coppermine Core CPU will drop into the socket no worries.

If your motherboard supports the newer Tualatin core (also socket 370) that tops out at 1.4Ghz. You didn't bother to specify any details about your motherboard (CPUz would help here) or chipset so it is hard to say.

Your could get a 1.1Ghz P-III (Coppermine) on Ebay (for as little as possible) to try before upgrading the whole system!!
That would add 50% to your CPU clockspeed and double the CPU cache to 256Kb (Pentium being double the Celeron).

Bob
December 2, 2008 7:59:51 AM

Also the Coppermine core Celeron III has a naked die and requires a difference heatsink from the newer Celeron IIIA (Tualatin core) which has a metal heatspreader on top of the die. That would help you tell them apart from the pictures on Ebay if the core isn't specified.

Also the Coppermine core P-III (256Kb) and Celeron-III (128Kb) have half the cache size of their Tualatin core equivalents: P-IIIA (512Kb) and P-IIIA (256Kb).

Bob

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