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    I'm new to hardware, not new to computers in general. I've installed some ram and hard drives, CD drive, etc but never touched my motherboard or processor. I run a buttload of applications at home while working and I was just thinking to myself.. why not try dual processors? Question.. is it worth it? I imagine it is considerably dangerous for someone with little knowledge of the motherboard..

    Well thats the story! Heres the question! How can I tell what kind of motherboard I have? LOL I know that may sound stupid but we've got to learn somewhere I guess. I tried to install my old ram in this new box and the damn thing just beeped on me and wouldn't let me use it.. then I checked the ram inside and its DDR 266.. looked that up on new egg and found this http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...155-106&depa=0

    I'm looking to upgrade my ram asap, so I'm curious does my ram depend on which motherboard I use? And if I'm running an AMD Athlon XP processor can I purchase any higher version of the processor like the 3000 and it will work as well? Lastly do any of you run dual processors and is it at all worth it? :lol:

    Lots of questions but please, if you have the time and willing to help I would greatly appreciate it.. really want to do it myself and get the satisifaction from upgrading my own board as opposed to payin someone else to do it. Mucho gracias, domo arigato.

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    use cpu-z or aida32 to find out what kind of motherboard you have, just search for them on google.
    once you know what motherboard you have you will then be able to find out waht proccessor you can upgrade to.
    as long as the motherboard supports DDR then just about any stick should work
    dual processors are only really worth it if you do alot of heavy multi tasking like video editing
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    Thanks for the wicked fast reply! Downloaded the tool, gave it a run. Seems I have the VIA chipset.. PM266/KM266

    So.... what should I look for in a processor? And I do run a lot of applications but I don't do any real video editing, but I do a lot of video encoding. Maybe just a strong chip would give me the strength I need. Could you recommend a powerful AMD chip whos price matches its power? My current one is 1700. Thanks again, I really appreciate the help.

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    This is the motherboard I found
    http://tomshardware.bizrate.com/mark...--7823172.html

    Edit: I think I understand now.. looked more into it and I see I can only get AMD Athlon XP processors.. and the max bus it can afford is 266mhz so that means I could get this?
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-342&depa=0

    But! I can't get the full usage out of the 333mhz bus, am I right? Well the question is what would be a considerable upgrade to improve speed.. Was looking at this just now: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-381&depa=0

    Up to 2.1 from 1.4 so any thoughts? :D

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    Those processors will be severly underclocked and won't even run at their clock speeds...

    That motherboard is just plain bad. It would be better to spend $50 - $100 on a motherboard. Some new chipset I forgot the name of is out and seems to top the nForce 2 Ultra 400 in some areas, but arguably it isn't that much better. So I'll just suggest these to you, depending on budget:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...152-029&depa=0
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...128-199&depa=0
    The first is everything you need and leaves plenty of upgrade options in RAM and processor.
    The second one, however, is very good. It has on-board SATA/RAID, IDE/RAID, gigabit eEthernet, Firewire.... If you are willing to spend the extra money for it, it would be quite good. Even if you don't use that stuff now, you will appreciate having them if you ever upgrade your HDD.

    As for processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-394&depa=0

    Pretty nice for the price. You can use the heat sink/fan you already have, or (as I would recommend) get a new one along with some thermal compound (look for Arctic Silver 5 and a socket A heat sink.fan, about $20 total for both with pretty good qualtiy).

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-512&depa=0

    Of course, you're really spending quite a bit of money here, and you probably could use your HDD and video card upgraded, too. If you have quite a bit of money, around $1000, it would be best just to replace the entire system (excluding, possibly, the case and HDD).
    What HDD do you have now? If it's anything less than 7200 RPM, you're going to want to replace that (well, get another drive, you can use both).

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    Well I've got $600 to spend on the project so.. I think I'll pick up the second motherboard you suggested, the 2nd one. And the processor, I have the same one selected but with the heatsink/fan as I'm not too sure about the wear and tear on the current one.

    I saw the Artic Silver 5 compound, but I don't know how to apply it.. is there a site perhaps with images showing how? How the ram on my list now too. Will this motherboard have any effect on my SoundBlaster sound card or will I have to reinstall XP after installing it? My graphics card is.. I want to say a GeForce 5200 so I don't think it is too far behind.

    I'm not sure how to sell my hard drives but I just got a new one and they're all serving me very well so far. The [b]only[\b] thing that worries me is installing the motherboard.. it will be my first time and I just imagine I would just record everything on the first one and put everything back together the same way lol :roll: I imagine if I'm careful I don't have too much to worry about. But could anyone recommend me a site that has a clear explanation of how to put this puppy together? Or is anyone interested in getting some cash via Paypal for an accurate description? :lol: Thanks again, I'm almost there! Buying the parts tomorrow.

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    http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...structions.htm

    For building it, I wouldn't worry. It's not much more difficult than plugging in a computer you bought from someone else. For the most part, you just put stuff where it fits. However, a quick Google search reveals a rather in-depth guide, some of which you may skip:
    http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/

    For Windows XP, you will have to reinstall. It's not even an option. It simply won't work to just move your HDD to a new motherboard.

    I can give you a step-by-step to installing a fast, stable, and secure system when you do that.

    As for video card, are you into gaming? If so, spending $210 for a Radeon 9800 Pro would give you very pleasing results.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-268&depa=0
    If you don't play games, however, whatever you have is more than enough.

    For the hard drive, go to Control Panel\System\Hardware\Device Manager\Disk Drives.
    Expand Disk Drives, and you have your hard drive. It should meniton the manufacturer in the name. Go to the manufacturers page and search around for some specifications. Mainly, RPM and Cache are what you're looking for. If it sucks too much (which probably won't be the case), you can get a couple 80GB SATA drives and put them in RAID (we'll get to that later, hehe). That would probably use the remaining money up. I'll link to one later, if the situation is that your HDDs suck.

    Also, do you know the wattage of you computer's power supply? I can't think of how to figure it out right now without simply looking at it. Just do that if you don't know. It should say somewhere on it. If it's crappy, getting a good brand name 350W or 400W PSU would be really smart.

    As for the whole PayPal, thing...
    I'm always willing to take donations. However, I have helped dozens, maybe hundreds of users over the months I have been here with no gain except a few online buddies and a bit of knowlege and experience here and there. I don't expect you to pay me or anyone else anything for the help, but you can if you really want to. I'll be helping out either way.

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    Hmm.. so the Artic Silver is supposed to conduct the heat and.. sort of get rid of it? Dang thats some crazy stuff, didn't even realize such things existed! Didn't even realize heat was that big of a problem.. ahh well all added to the cart.

    Damn.. reinstall XP? If I had of know that I wouldn't have reformatted and reinstalled everything last week. Could I just reinstall windows over my current installation or do I need to wipe my drive again? That would really suck.. but worth it for 50% increase in speed and reliability. Funny thing is I saw that build your own PC guide but I, somewhat new to this, didn't know which were outdated or wrong or what have you.

    ..There sure is a tubload to plug in on the motherboard. I think I can handle it though, I'm going to map it before I start removing anything so I have something in reference to or if I do fry it somehow I'll have my old one :lol:

    2 of my hard drives (including the main one I run) are at 7200rpms but my 'storage' drive I put large files on is 5200rpm though I rarely really use it anymore but its there just incase so I think I'm alright there.

    So basically we're talking..
    better motherboard
    better processor
    better ram,
    papa johns

    I'm really considering just getting a new case to go with it, might as well since I'm basically unplugging everything! And I don't mind the reinbursement, if I make it back from the massive upgrade and back online then it will be more than worth it.

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    Quick question.. which Artic should I get?
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...100-202&depa=0

    Or
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...100-201&depa=0

    Not sure which is better, both cost the same..

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    Yeah, those HDDs should be good. The 7200RPM HDDs should be used for OS, applications, and paging file (we'll get to this stuff when it actually matters). I suggest reformatting whatever you put your applications and Windows on. Just put any files on the other drive. That said, it's not absolutely necessary and you can just do a fresh install.

    Look at the specifications. The one with 25% silver compostition should be better.

    If you were to later pay me with Pay Pal, the e-mail address you would use is ptilsen@yahoo.com. However, let's just wait until I actually start helping you. :D So far I've just given some hardware recommendations. I think what you'll be particularly happy with is how I have you setup the system itself. All in good time... :D
    :cheers:

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