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Socket A upgrade

By kwspony
Mar 22, 2007
  1. I have an old Gateway Select 1000 PC with an AMD Athloon 1GHz socket A chip in it. I want to upgrade the chip to something better. Will any socket A AMD chip work? I think it is a 452 pin chip. The mobo is an MSI board but I can't find it on the MSI site. What do I need to look at in finding a compatible chip?
     
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  2. Tlkki

    Tlkki TS Rookie

    Hard time there mate, AFAIK Socket A is no longer manufactured. Time to move on :)
     
  3. kwspony

    kwspony TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 159

    I know they aren't being made any more but I know I can get one off ebay that is faster then what I have now.
     
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Yes, it is socket 462, I suggest you go on a trading forum like forums.anandtech.com and look in the for sale section for an Athlon XP.
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    the fastest CPU that mobo will take is an athlon 1.4 ghz
    I used to own that computer.
    That model has long been discontinued.
     
  6. kwspony

    kwspony TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 159

    Why do you say that Tedster? What's the deciding factor with that PC?
     
  7. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    That computer works with SDRAM. If you want a new mobo, you will need new RAM. You'd better go with a newer machine, or do some CPU and RAM upgrades.
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    the chipset. It will take only Athlon processors, not Athlon XP processors.

    The die on these processors is quite heavy. You can buy them cheaply off of e-bay. I sold my last one when I parted out my system.
    Interesting enough, some of them can be overclocked quite fast- the bios on the gateway motherboard, however, won't allow you to.
     
  9. kwspony

    kwspony TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 159

    Bummer, thanks Tedster.
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    not a prob. Still a 1.4 will be more than ample for average tasks. Don't expect to play newer games at high resolutions. I had an FX5500 card in my old Athlon at one time. It was a pretty decent rig until it got hit with a nasty surge from a lightening strike. The surge protector didn't protect it.
     
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