processor upgrade advice

By invisibleman ยท 12 replies
Sep 30, 2007
  1. hi

    I want to upgrade my processor and need some advice like what the fastest processor that is compatible that i can buy and if anyone has some links to where i can buy it. Also if i need cooling and what is a recommended.

    here are some details

    BIOS Properties:
    Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    Version VI31E304
    Release Date 06/05/2002

    Processor Properties:
    Manufacturer Intel
    Version Intel Pentium(R) 4
    External Clock 400 MHz
    Maximum Clock 2200 MHz
    Current Clock 2200 MHz
    Type Central Processor
    Status Enabled
    Upgrade ZIF
    Socket Designation Socket 478

    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2200 MHz (22 x 100)
    CPU Alias Northwood

    Motherboard Properties:
    Motherboard Name FIC VI11/VI31

    Front Side Bus Properties:
    Bus Type Intel GTL+
    Bus Width 64-bit
    Real Clock 100 MHz (QDR)
    Effective Clock 400 MHz
    Bandwidth 3200 MB/s

    If you need some more info
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Hello, invisibleman, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

    Please take a look at the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible :)

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    With regards to your question, going by what the HP site says, that's pretty much the best cpu you can get :)

    if you wanted something even better you could upgrade to a socket LGA775 motherboard and get any of the latest intel processors, including the quad core ones ;)
  3. kunjikaly

    kunjikaly TS Rookie

  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    the fastest one you can get is only a P4 3.2Ghz w/HT or another one that uses the 478. Although finding that is gonna be hard in the best of cases.

    Kunj, Core 2's use a socket 775, so its incompatible with his pc. Like Dave said, either upgrade the motherboard as well (which will give you a lot more options), live with it or wait it out for a new pc altogether...
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    A Pentium 4 3.06GHz CPU would be the best you could get. Your mobo won't accept any 533MHz FSB processors so only get a 400MHz FSB one and you'll be fine.
  6. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I stand corrected. The 2.8GHz P4 is the fastest available for a 400MHZ-only FSB motherboard. Unfortunately, those are becoming rarer to find and if you do find one, it'll be very expensive, like the one in the link posted by kpo6969. I'd suggest a complete overhaul of the machine or, if you can afford it, a completely new one.
  8. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    I knew I kept that old link for a reason. My old box has a P4 1.7 and the most I could go to was a 2.0 so I forgot that idea.
  9. invisibleman

    invisibleman TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks everyone, im considering just getting a new motherboard and processor instead, wont i need to get new ram and graphics card too?

    Any recomendations for motherboard/processors then?
  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    if you choose the correct combo, you can assimilate your old hardware into it.. check out if your graphics card is AGP/PCI/PCI-E or onboard (the latter you won't be able to transfer, but you can get boards with similar onboard graphics on it already), RAM you'd just need to check if the board supports the type of ram you already have (DDR type, FSB speed etc), all other cards (pci etc) should fit nonetheless.
  11. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I have a couple of 2.4 Celerons you can have for the price of the p&p in UK.
    send me a pm if this is any good.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    A Celeron that'd fit into his current mobo has to be a downgrade from his current CPU. So I would advise against it.
  13. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    You have a point - but then that's all I have in the spares box. Which is about to get emptied anyway.
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