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Just wondering...

By Hawkeye
Jan 1, 2007
  1. Hi, I have a 1.6GHz Processor 256 MB ddr sdram, and 40 gig HD.

    I was just wondering, can i put in a better processor than the one that I have?
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    That is impossible to answer without knowing what type of processor you have and what mobo you have!!!
     
  3. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its intel pent 4. and mobo? u mean motherboard? how can I check?
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Yup mobo is short for motherboard. The 2 most common ways to find out what it is it to read the manual or look at the mobo itself. Most mobo's have the make and model printed on them somewhere, unless it's a pc chips one that is.
     
  5. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Or, if you don't want to open up your computer case then you can check by downloading CPU-Z HERE.

    Run it and look under "Mainboard" tab to find the name and model of your motherboard, then post it here.
     
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

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    Get that information.
     
  7. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ASUSTeK Computer INC.

    Model P4S-LA
     
  8. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    That would be a Socket 478 motherboard, mostly found in HP Pavilion PC's.

    This board's info was a pretty hard Google search too... haha. :haha:

    Now to answer your question, yes you can put in a better processor. However any CPU upgrade would only be "better" when compared to your current P4 1.6GHz, because socket 478 processors are behind today's standards. I don't know any good S478 processors that I can recommend, so we'll leave someone else to that.
     
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    The highest I saw on Newegg was a P4 Prescott @ 3.0GHz with 1MB L2 Cache and it was about $90.00USD.
     
  10. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    That would do. :D

    Although I do detest Prescotts...bunch o' mini nuclear-reactors...
     
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    The one on my Parents Vaio gets as high as 150-155F under load. It's ridiculous listening to the sound of the fan/heatsink kick in.
     
  12. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So all I would do is order it, and thentake out the old one, and just put in the new one?
     
  13. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Yeah pretty much...read the manual that comes with the processor if you need reference - unless it's OEM, in which case you wouldn't have a manual nor a HSF.

    After some more research, HERE,
    I found that it has a SiS651 Northbridge chipset, spec'd HERE.

    As it turns out from the info presented, Hawkeye's Asus P4S-LA only supports Socket478 CPU's with 400/533MHz FSB. This means the only Pentium 4's it can support are Willamette and Northwood.

    Look on Newegg for a S478 Northwood Pentium 4 Processor, with speed and price to your liking. They are mostly available as OEM products now so you'll likely need to also buy an aftermarket CPU cooler, or you can keep the old one you currently have.

    Good luck
     
  14. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    with only 256mb your system will run very slow no matter what processor you put in it. Put at least 512mb if not 1gb.
     
  16. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Yes, that would be a superb choice. It's a pretty good deal too.

    It does not come with a CPU cooler, so are you planning on buying one, or using the old one from your current CPU?

    Socket 478 CPU coolers are very cheap now, and you definitely don't need a fantastic one, because Northwood cores run very cool.

    If you do plan on keeping your current CPU cooler then you will still need some thermal paste. Get some Arctic Silver 5 because your current thermal pad/grease will be ruined once you take it off.
     
  17. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    for my ram, i also need an upgrade. can u guys help me find a decent ram i got 256 sd ddr ram. not sure how many pins. but i would like maybe a decent cheaper 512 to add to my pc along w/ the 256 i already have.

    also can u help me w/ finding a cheaper cooler? thanx

    thanks.
     
  18. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    This seems like a nice cooler. I would suggest this for the thermal paste to use inbetween the cpu and heatsink/fan.
     
  19. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can u guys also help me w/ this. I know wrng thread but i need the help.


    I need to know how many watts this power supply is.

    HP Model #: A2007A3
     
  20. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Follow step 3 of the guide in my signature entitled "Cfitzarl's Guide to Video Card Upgrades" to find out.
     
  21. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    According to a quick Google-search (you could do this yourself) of "hp A2007A3" it is most likely a 200-Watt micro ATX power supply.

    Out of curiosity, why do you need to know the wattage of your power supply? Another upgrade?

    You are looking for a RAM upgrade also I see.

    According to the links I posted before, your motherboard only has two DIMM slots and only supports 184-pin DDR PC1600 or PC2100.

    This means that if your DDR DIMM slots are not fully occupied already, then you can only add one stick to it. The highest speed you can get is DDR-266MHz (PC-2100).

    It also wouldn't matter what size your memory upgrade is, because there is no dual-channel configuration to adhere to. However, it is highly advised that you get multiple memory modules at the same speed.


    For this, you need to find the current specs of your current RAM. If you are planning to open up your case to find the specs of your power supply, then while you're at it look at the label of the memory too and tell us what it says.

    If not, then open that CPU-Z program you downloaded earlier. Go to the "Memory" tab and tell us what it says under "Frequency".
    Only then can we recommend the correct RAM for you...
     
  22. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It doesn't say anything under frequency.
     
  23. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So what should I do?
     
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