Newbie questions, please bear with me. I have a ECS K7S5A MB running a 1.2ghz Athlon T-Bird. I would like to upgrade to an Athlon XP. Any suggestions on the best cost and performance gains by doing this. I am thinking about the Athlon XP 2000+ or 2100+. Would I see that big of a difference over my T-bird? Also, would this change my power supply requirements? Mine is 300 watts.
mmm if you're a gamer then don't bother upgrading the CPU, get yourself a nice new GPU. Either wait for the NV30 or get a Radeon 9700.
because the difference between a T-Bird 1.2 and a 2000+ or 2100+ isn't going to enormous, noticable maybe, but for games maybe not, but if you're into DV work or mp3 encoding then by all means upgrade your CPU.
I just think of the Tbird 1.2 as still quite an able processor, it really doesn't need an upgrade.
oh about the PSU, 300W is OK if you have a good brand of PSU. Of course if you start suffering from intermitant crashes and the PSU starts smelling of burning then you know it's time to upgrade it <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by FiL on 11/11/02 06:42 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
But he curently have a VIVO version, so I guess he is using it in some way. How about the quality of the Ti4200 VIVO? I thing ATI is better in this field ... Going for a 8500 VIVO would be crazy? I know the game performance is NOT the same, but it depends what is he doing with the computer right now.
My best recomendation would be a 9700 VIVO, but I think it doesn't exist ...