Okay, I know they are both archaic cpus but if I upgrade from a K62/500 to a P3/550 512k how much of an improvement will I see? In general? I just want to know if its worth the trouble as I got the mobo for free. I'm mostly a gamer using a geforce2/64mb. Also, if I do this with my current drive, will Win98 recognize the new mobo or will I end up reloading Windoze. Thanks in advance.
a big improvement you will get
even thought it's a big improvement, I still suggest you to get a new system (XP1800+, P4 1.8G at least) if you are a gamers, then it will be BIG BIG improvement from K6-2 500
Try and find a K6-2+ 550... they are out there for under $50.00... but see if your motherboard works for that cpu... not all do. Research the cpu. The K6-2 plus is way better... but it is on par with the P3 550 I think...
But the other posts are correct... what kind of an XP can you get for $50.00, an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ at least, I think. But if you are not up for upgrading ram, power supply, case, motherboard, and lots of fans, think about the plus. I both build a completely new system and got a K6-2+ 550 cpu (it overclocks great to 600 and 616 MHz), and my friends use this old computer... there is some lag over a lan on newer games, but for a lot of older games, it is still a great setup.
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