i have a celeron 533 (socket 370) can i install any socket 370 cpu or does it depend on my mother board ?I'm sure the FSB has to match,right ? (i have a HP 8650c)
be VERY carful here, socket370 IS NOT FC-PGA
your CEL can be a 533 or a 533A
the A means flip chip (FC)
<A HREF="http://www.hp.com/cposupport/personal_computing/support_doc/bph05302.html" target="_new"> here </A> is a link to HP 8650C
have a look inside, if it's a slot 1 mobo, you can drop in a cel 800
however, we all start at the end and finish at the begining
You can install almost any CPU you want-the 8600 series is supposed to use the same motherboard across the line-I have the 8660C with a Celeron 850 in it. Mine originally came with a PIII 600EB. The chipset (Intel 810E) actually can use any Socket 370 processor, both FC-PGA and PPGA, at 66, 100, or 133MHz FSB. Additionally, if you have the FC-PGA processor, you can overclock it to 800MHz, as I did ON THAT SAME MOTHERBOARD (HP/Asus MEW-AM) <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=faq¬found=1&code=1" target="_new">HERE</A>! Both the multiplier and bus speed are autodetected.
So you actually have a few options here:
1) Overclock the 533 if it is an FC-PGA version (PM me if you need more details)
2) Purchase a faster celeron, or
3) Purchase a PIII.
If you like, you can even overclock a PIII on it. The best deal going right now is the 700E ($97) overclocked to 933.
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