Socket A processor choosing

By truffles ยท 11 replies
Mar 3, 2002
  1. ello ello, =/

    I recently bought a new motherboard ... the motherboard i bought is the famous ECS K7S5A with the cool SIS 735 chipset.
    It is a socket A motherboard . . . and i was wondering what processor should i go along and buy. I hope to buy soon . . . because each day it becomes harder and harder to find . . . I really am really short on money because i spent most on other parts already. I am 11 years old . . . i really don't need the power you expect me to have. I am concidering on the AMD Athlon TB 950 mhz processor . . . i checked the manual for my m/b and it supports it. It would be an OEM cpu . . . and i will buy a thermatake CPU CHROME ORB.

    Any comments on my decision . . . i know this question has popped up millions of times . . . each is different . . . depending on situations . . . well ? i really don't want to go wrong !!!


  2. Ravellidar

    Ravellidar TS Rookie Posts: 32

  3. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Basically, for an AMD chip, get the best you can afford, for the most part, their priced in order of performance, for what I've seen.

    However, be sure to get a quality heatsink and thermal grease. You may want to reconcider the Chrome Orb as I believe their not the greatest for an AMD system. And as for thermal grease, currently Artic Silver III is the favorite among enthusiasts.
  4. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

  5. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    I agree with uncleel. You should just save up and get an Athlon XP. Its well worth it since you have a mobo to support it.

    Duron 750@1000, Epox 8KTA3, 256Mb PC133, 30Gb WD HDD, GeForce2 Pro 200/400
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    If I remember correctly, Truffles is a young lad who's really short on cash and doesn't do a massive amount of gaming. There's no reason to splurge on an XP if you don't need it.

    I would suggest getting that 1.1Ghz Duron because of a few reasons. It's plenty fast for whatever you will do for it for a long time and it will generate less heat per/Mhz so you can save on your heatsink and fan too.

    I recommend a good heatsink/fan in any case, but if you are on a tight budget as always, you might be able to cut some corners and get something adequate without breaking the wallet open with a sledgehammer.

    Try a search engine like and type in something like, "CPU cooler roundup" so you can find some comparisons. I know , and this site have some exhaustive articles on heatsink comparisons. You should check them out.
  7. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    I 'm sure you will be pleased with it once you are using it, its good value!!!!
  8. paulla

    paulla TS Rookie Posts: 38

    Duron = Cheap & OK Performance

    Old Athlon = Not so cheap & Better Perfomance

    Athlon XP = Moderate Price & Excellent Performance

    However if you've not got good DDR memory, graphics card, hard drive, etc. you're going to limit any advantages of the faster processors.

    Watch out for the BSOD if you're running WindowsXP and a Geforce and use the latest AGP update for the K7S5A (1.09) and Detonator 27.42 or you'll be watching that fatal error screen a lot (trust me I've been there!).


    Athon 950, A7V-E, 512MB PC133, 30GB 75GXP, Geforce 2 GTS PRO 64MB, SB Live.
  9. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    I would go for a Duron 1Ghz+, as I have just built a 1Ghz Duron PC for a friend and was impressed with the performance of such a cheap chip.
  10. truffles

    truffles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    ello ello, =)

    How are you all ?

    I just came back . . . sorry i have been a little busy doing a little school work . . . school is getting harder =( . . . and im only in grade 5 . . . haha this is not good . . .

    well . . . i came back from my local retailer pc shop . . . i bought an oem duron @ 1.2 ghz . . . w/ coolmaster fan that supports up to 1.8 . . . i believe its plenty . . . i had to ask my mom for some extra money . . . but she was not very angry . . .

    i can't believe . . . but it is the slowest speed available . . . ERR !!!

    store keeper = "Sorry, too slow . . . way to slow"

    I believe what i want is pretty speedy already . . . geesh . ..

    i haven't installed it yet . . . and i hope i can . . . or else i have to ask for help . . . =/ and pay =(

    RICK ~~> wow . . . good memory . . . !!

    thats about it . . . thanks thanks

  11. ldogg

    ldogg TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Installing a processor isn't too hard, just make sure that you get good thermal grease like arctic silver, and if the heatsink has a thermal pad on it already or something like that don't use it becuase they are terrible. The way you grease up your processor thermally is very important for heat transfer, and Artic Silver explains how to do it very clearly here:

    Personally I would not pay anyone to put together anything in my computer, because there are so many people that don't know what they're are doing, and you can't be sure anythings done right unless you do it yourself.
  12. eddy05

    eddy05 TS Rookie Posts: 152

    A friend who uses K7S5A

    My friend uses AMD and I used Intel (We are heads on)

    On his ECS K7S5A, he had an Athlon XP 1700+ (1.47ghz) installed. He was happy like anything. He had upgrading his computer from a K6-2 350mhz PC, guess thats why he's darn impressed. I heard that it is a very good motherboard - even better than the KT266A, so I guess compatibility shouldn't be any problems. I've attached a picture on his computer's specs, you can take a look at it.

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