CPU upgrade question

By gumbydancin
May 11, 2003
  1. Sorry for my question if it is lame :( , but I'm a noob when it comes to hardware stuff (i'm a software guy myself).

    I want to upgrade my CPU from the 1000Mhz Intel Celeron with 810 chipset that is to something newer (like better than Celeron). I have a Intel Corporation Whitney System CR Board on this pc and I don't understand how you know what CPUs are upgrade compatible with your motherboard. Can anyone tell me what CPUs I'm limited to in upgrading or where I can find this information. I looked it up a bit on the intel site but couldn't find quite what I was looking for, figured I'd be better off just asking somewhere. Thanks for any help guys/gals. :)
  2. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Posts: 104

    - Its not a lame question :)

    I don't know exactly, but I don't think that you'll be able to upgrade to get much more performance just be upgrading the CPU.

    Although its the most expensive option, new CPU /mem/ mobo will probably be the only option that will give you a significant performance boost.

    If you want a reasonably priced option, I would recommmed something vaguely along the lines of:

    AMD XP 2500+/2400+
    Abit NF7 - nForce2 - USB2+A133+Dual DDR400+AGP8x
    512mb DDR

    More experienced members may alter that slightly, but that's about right I think.

    That should give you a serious performance boost for about £200 / $320
  3. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    If you are looking for a cheapshot upgrade that will give you a huge performance boost, I suggest going with a lower end mobo. I highly highly reccomend the ECS K75SA. It supports up to AXP 2600+, the PRO version supports 166mhz CPU FSB, and that will definately last you a good while. At $49-59, it's a steal, and is still available.
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Agreed, it is easier to save money on a motherboard, than it is on a chip, and the ECS K75SA Pro has almost all of the features of the Nforce 2 other than Dual DDR and Dolby encoding.

    That and the fact the K75SA Pro is Purple if I recall :D
  5. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Yes, it is ;)

    I picked up mine just a few weeks ago and plopped an AXP 2000+ in it with 512mb PC2100... for less then $100 (rest I already had), this thing absolutely screams.
  6. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    One more thing...try to avoid boards with VIA chipsets they can cause alot of problems ldue to software/ hardware compatibility reasons. I don't really like the drivers they produce.
  7. Strakian

    Strakian TS Rookie Posts: 136

    In defense of VIA, I've always been a VIA chipset user, and I never had a problem!

    Anyway, in regards to the question A mobo/mem/cpu upgrade does appear to be in order. With the prices of these things dropping like flies, you can get some nice stuff for almost nothing!

    You said you weren't a hardware guy though, so a couple of other things to keep in mind:

    1) changing the CPU may require more adequate cooling. I'd look into another heatsink fan combo to go with a new CPU, or just buy a retail package

    2) if you don't know how to swap out a mobo, be really careful with what you do, perhaps a friend or co-worker may know how to do it safely so that you don't risk frying any of the components (I know I did my first system I built)

    3) the FSB supported on the motherboard is going to make a bigger difference in actual speed in real world application processing then a faster Mhz or Ghz is going to.

    I.E. a 900 mhz Athlon on 200 mhz FSB is going to perform faster than a 1 GHZ on a 133 mhz FSB.

    Hope this helps you
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    If you want to upgrade only your CPU, then the fastest is probably P3 1100 MHz. If you want to spend more (more than what a new mobo & CPU would cost), you could upgrade with Powerleap's Tualatin adapter to P3-1400.
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