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Thread: Trying to find a new CPU for Gigabyte GA-5SMM

  1. #1
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    Question Trying to find a new CPU for Gigabyte GA-5SMM

    Hey everyone

    I am upgrading my gf's pc in a couple ways : new CPU, new RAM, new ViewSonic G90fb 19" (18.0" view) .25mm monitor (xmas presents hehe). Problem though is getting a compatible CPU.

    The motherboard is in a Compaq Presario 5304. The mobo is a GigaByte GA-5SMM , with a Cyrix MX-II 233MHz processor (what a P.O.S.). I have here a link to my website with the mobo's manual...

    So the thing is, I want to put a 550MHz processor in it. From what I read (i forgot where) it wil take a Pentium 3 550MHz , 100MHzFSB. And it also takes a AMD K6-3 550MHz 100MHz FSB . The socket is a Socket 7.

    From what I seen in the past, and I'm pretty sure I am right, around that time AMD and Cyrix weren't big players and they didn't really have their own socket types they shared the same sockets with Intel so that people didn't need to get new mobos to use a cheaper processor (great way for competition). Anyway some websites refer to the AMD K6 chip as a Super Socket 7 type, some others as a FCPGA (flip-chip PGA).

    So , will they work? Id prefer the PIII over the K6-2 (I cant find a damn K6-3 that is new and around 500MHz...and i prefer retailbox but in this case I think I have no choice but OEM but i want NEW (and not from ebay!)).

    And has anyone found a Retail box Pentium III 550MHz with 100MHz FSB FCPGA ????
    Or a AMD K6-3 550MHz or 500MHz ??, pricegrabber, pricewatch, and can't list any

    Thanks a bunch for any help!


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    Default Re: Trying to find a new CPU for Gigabyte GA-5SMM

    Last time I checked newegg had a few K6-2 500's... I was right here is the link.
    There are no Pentium 3 socket 7's as far as I know, I could be mistaken..
    And newegg has no other socket 7 CPU's... I would still chose the K6-2 over the K6-3 and any of the intel solutions for this configuration.

    And I am not quite sure if you can use the "Super Socket 7" stuff in a socket 7 motherboard.
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    Default Re: Trying to find a new CPU for Gigabyte GA-5SMM

    Quote Originally Posted by {PoSeIdOnAs}
    From what I read (i forgot where) it wil take a Pentium 3 550MHz , 100MHzFSB.
    Well you read wrong then as only older socket 7 Pentiums are supported so the AMD K6-2 is your only alternative here for some speed (PII's and some PIII's use slot1 mounting while most PIII's use socket 370).

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