Upgrading CPU, etc

By GThomp6654 · 11 replies
Mar 4, 2008
  1. Sorry for asking the same question that you get asked over and over again, but I was wondering;

    I have at the moment the following system:

    AMD Athlon XP 2400+
    1gb ram
    Radeon 9550 graphics card

    and was thinking of upgrading to:

    Intel Pentium D Dual Core 925
    2gb KINGSTON 667MhZ DDR2 RAM

    I don't use my computer for many games etc, and mainly for browsing the web, and the odd on-line game, I have limited funds, so basically this seems to be the best I can get for my cash, is it worth that upgrade, or should I wait a little longer?

    Thank you in advance

  2. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I myself think it is perfect for what you need/want.

    Do you really need a 1gb gpu, though?
  3. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    The gpu I seen was only about £45, so basically I think I am giving up quality for quantity lol

    Also I forgot to ask, what sort of PSU should I be looking at, I have a 500W at the moment, so I am unsure if that will be enough?
  4. Caimbuel

    Caimbuel TS Rookie

    Saying you have a 500W PS is very ambigous statement. Alot more important is who makes it and what amp's you are getting to the 12v rail etc.
  5. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    I have looked at my PS, it is a 600W WinPower, unfortunatly, I don't know how to find out any of the other info that may be needed
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Personally, I would try to find a mobile AthlonXP processor and overclock it. If you don't need your system for games than I think that would be a better use of funds. I'm running an Athlon XP-m 2800 @ 2.4ghz w/ 2GB of RAM -plenty of power for general use and gaming. And, you would be able to keep your 500w PSU...
  7. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    I have upgraded to the system shown above, but after downloading Speed Fan 4.33 it shows my CPU running at a base of about 48c - 52c
    Is this a problem, and should I look into getting more cooling for my system?
    I only have the basic Intel cooler attached atm, with a fan on the side of the case

    I think I should also add, that when running all programmes that I do run, the temp rises to 56c/57c
  8. someonedying

    someonedying TS Rookie

    Why get a new motherboard when you can just upgrade processor / video card / ram on the current one?

    Will save you the money from the cost of a motherboard.
  9. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    The Athlon XP is really old and uses Socket A (462), the only place you could probably find an upgrade is eBay. Also, the board uses AGP which is harder to find and more expensive than PCI-E. ALSO, the thing probably used DDR which is now costing $70 for 512 and not worth it. That's why it made sense to upgrade the mobo. It would cost more (and a waste of time) probably to upgrade on the current mobo.
  10. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Thats about the size of it, besides I wanted Dual Core of some description, athough I don't really need it lol

    It's just the temp of my Processor that is worrying me now lol
  11. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    If you clean the dust off the old heat sink without taking the heat sink off the processor you should be fine. You don't need to worry until you start hitting 55C. Your old Athlon is pretty much perfect for surfing the web. I have a slightly slower computer that I'm using right now for the same purpose. My temps at startup are around 37C.
  12. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    I have eventually got it sorted, when I checked my CPU and fan, it seems I had removed all the paste that was on there, opps. So I bought some more, and with a little bit of patience I have managed to reduce the temp down to 45c - 48c

    ...Go Me lol..
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