Right now I have an AMD 1.4GHZ Athlon chip. I want to know if it is possible to upgrade this with my current motherboard or not. My mother board is an ASUS A7A266. I don't know much about computers so I'd have to have a shop in town replace the chip and the video card too. But what I need to know is if it can be done at all?
Also, right now my computer sounds like a waterfall because it's so damn loud. It's got at least 3 fans inside. I have no idea why such a slow processer needs so many fans. Is upgrading the chip only going to make the computer louder? Any advice you guys can give me is greatly appreciated. Thanks all.
As for noise, you should buy one of AMD's retail CPU's with their own HSF which is very quiet. As for your case fans, you could get one of those add on speed controllers that will let you slow them down.
Some heatsink fans run at close to 5000 rpm. I would get a zalman "fan mate 1" or similar product, and reduce your rpms to 3200-3500, if you don't overclock. Some of the better heatsinks come with an adjuster, but the fan mate 1 is only $5-7. You just plug your heatsink fan into the adjuster, and plug the adjuster into the cpu fan header on the mobo. Install when the system is turned off.
With the latest BIOS you should be able to run an Athlon XP2400+. These boards were a bit problematic, so you might have to work a few bugs out afterwards.
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Is the board a 266 or 266a revision. I have an msi kt266 and it will only take up to a palomino 2000. The kt266a version of my board would take upto an xp 2600. Double check at the asus website to make sure.