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I have two rather old machines... and i've run into some "problems" with one of them.

Okay the first system has a 1.6ghz athlon xp cpu with 2gb ram and a x1650 agp graphic card.

The second system is a 2.5ghz pentium 4 with 1.5gb ram and the same graphic card as above.

The problem i have run into is that the 1.6ghz amd cpu doesn't support SSE2. I can't run certain games or applications on it. The thing is that the mobo where the amd cpu is supports 4 ddr while the pentium only supports 3. By changing to the pentium i will be losing 512mb ram and drop down to 1.5gb.

What i wonder... is it worth changing the amd(1.6ghz) to the pentium 2.5ghz and lose 512mb ram in the process to run some games?

Thanks!
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  1. most games even under load probably wont use that much RAM (on your system specs anyways) Try switching the cpu's, and see where the RAM usage is in task manager-processes. If it is running high, you may need some upgrades. However, losing 512mb of ram isn't a huge deal.
  2. huldu said:
    I have two rather old machines... and i've run into some "problems" with one of them.

    Okay the first system has a 1.6ghz athlon xp cpu with 2gb ram and a x1650 agp graphic card.

    The second system is a 2.5ghz pentium 4 with 1.5gb ram and the same graphic card as above.

    The problem i have run into is that the 1.6ghz amd cpu doesn't support SSE2. I can't run certain games or applications on it. The thing is that the mobo where the amd cpu is supports 4 ddr while the pentium only supports 3. By changing to the pentium i will be losing 512mb ram and drop down to 1.5gb.

    What i wonder... is it worth changing the amd(1.6ghz) to the pentium 2.5ghz and lose 512mb ram in the process to run some games?

    Thanks!


    If i were you, I'd try to sell those things and just buy a cheap $300-400 tower.

    Also, yeah it'd be alright to lose the 512mb.
  3. huldu said:
    I have two rather old machines... and i've run into some "problems" with one of them.

    Okay the first system has a 1.6ghz athlon xp cpu with 2gb ram and a x1650 agp graphic card.

    The second system is a 2.5ghz pentium 4 with 1.5gb ram and the same graphic card as above.

    The problem i have run into is that the 1.6ghz amd cpu doesn't support SSE2. I can't run certain games or applications on it. The thing is that the mobo where the amd cpu is supports 4 ddr while the pentium only supports 3. By changing to the pentium i will be losing 512mb ram and drop down to 1.5gb.

    What i wonder... is it worth changing the amd(1.6ghz) to the pentium 2.5ghz and lose 512mb ram in the process to run some games?

    Thanks!



    I am not sure what you all are thinking here, you cannot swap an Intel CPU into an AMD socketed motherboard, or vica-versa.
    The Pentium is socket 478, and the AMD is a socket A processor.
  4. oh yeah jit is right! time to buy a new one!
  5. ...facepalm. My mistake.
  6. And both systems are old enough that they would be difficult to sell.
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