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Processor replacement quiz!

By fimbles · 10 replies
Feb 9, 2006
  1. Hey.

    As my pc gets towards its twilight years and battlefield 2 makes it smoke slightly, im considering upgrading my processor from the crappy 2.8 ghz celeron to something a bit more powerfull..

    Thing is though im a bit thick and i am not sure which processors i could use?

    Ahhh the specs..

    2.8 ghz celeron (=crap) processor
    512 mb ddr ram
    ati radeon 9600 pro 256 mb ( slightly crap also :) )

    My motherboard model is
    Columbia V (GA-8SIML-NF5) Ver 2.0
    Columbia V (GA-8SIML-NF5) Ver 2.0
    Type: µATX motherboard
    Manufacturer: Gigabyte

    Any suggestions would be great.. also some indication on how hard this is to do would be cool!!

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    ohh boy, eight-six your motherboard and processor and go to nice ASUS P5P800-E and the Intel 3.2 GHz HT with 2MB L2 cache (very nice less than $375)
  3. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I would recommend another 512MB of ram as well.
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    According to HPs website your motherboard supports:

    CPU Support

    * Socket mPGA 478B
    * Supports Intel P4 FC-PGA2 (Flip-Chip Pin Grid Array), 1400 MHz to 2800 MHz.
    * Warning: not all the above processors have been qualified.
    * 100 MHz (x4 = 400 MHz) data bus support (Quad-Bumped technology).
    * 133 MHz (x4 = 533 MHz) data bus support (Quad-Bumped technology).
  5. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,179   +207

    Thanks for the replys..

    Quiz part 2

    Is this hard to do or is it just a matter of swapping the bits and peices round and switchng back on?

    Also is it worth upgrading the motherboard aswell or should i just go for the pentium4 2.8 ghz? (which i think is the limit?)1400 MHz to 2800 MHz.)

    I dont realy think ill be needing any more slots for a while. :)
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Found you a good list of what you can slide in there:

    http://tw2005.giga-byte.com/Motherboard/Support/CPUSupportList/CPUSupportList_GA-8SIML (Rev 2.0).htm

    Looks like the 400Mhz Northwood P4s are your best bet.

    The process is fairly simple if you are technically inclined. Here is a basic description of the process:


    As to your question of whether or not it is worth the upgrade....
    I think you'd notice the difference if you upgraded it, but it all depends on how much you can get the CPU for.

    For BF2 you'd also need to get yourself a newer video card (as you already know) and at least a gig of ram for that game... cha ching.
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,179   +207

    Donagual!! you are a star! thank you for your time googling this stuff!!
    Everyone else thanks also!!!!

    Since this post i have beeen offered a pentium 2.8 ghz as a pose to a celeron of the same speed for 70 pounds! good deal??????????

    Same motherboard... is it worth upgrading??

    Is 8x AGP worth the cost? (as a pose to 4)??
  8. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Not bad. Northwoods are no longer being made, so they are a pretty rare find, and when you do find them, they are ussualy a bit pricey.
    Not really. It would allow you to get a different video card, and CPU (more recent) but if you want to keep your old parts, replacing a mobo just for better performance (other then OCing) no.
    Simply put, you would not notice the difference. And snice agp 8x is backwards compatible with 4x. No.

  9. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,179   +207

    Thank you!! :)


    Pentium 2.8 it is..

    Or northwood..( if i can get one cheap!)
  10. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Wait...is the 2.8 P4 your talking about a northwood core? Was i wrong?
  11. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,179   +207


    The northwood , up to a 2.6 ghz woulg go in..(i think?)
    Or a intel pentium4 2.8 ghz..

    (Think ill be looking at the intels though.. moneys a bit tight at the mo!!)
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