I have a AMD Athlon XP3000+ ,2.17GHZ processor in my old Studio PC. I would like to upgrade it. What processor/s are suitable? According to the SiSoftware SANDRA it is upgradable- Socket slot A, Upgrade inerface socket 462, supported speed 3GHZ. Can I use a dual core Athlon? If so which? The PC is a dedicated recording studio computer running cubase SX3 and many VSTs and Midi with no internet connection. Please help/advise. Thanks in advance.
There's no dual core for socket a, and high end socket a cpus are scarce. Frys in stores only has 2 upgrades still on special today only for $70 or less; one amd and one Intel dual core. Newegg has a sempron .045 140 for $58 after rebate and email promo discount, but you have to register first to get on their email list. I get about 3 a week from the egg. Check for other combo specials; they had the Intel e5200 with g31 board for around $112 recently, but expect to pay more for ddr2 memory. Memory prices are rising. 2x2gb kits for $60 are getting scarce.