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    What do I have to do to upgrade my CPU? Looked up the MoBo specs. Is it just a matter of replacing the old with the new?

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    Yes, well there is Intel and AMD. You have an Intel chip if you have a pentium, and you have an AMD if you have an Athlon XP brand chip. (Also popular CPU's are celerons=intel duron=AMD) A CPU upgrade is simple, you just order the processor, and slip it in the ZIF slot, put some thermal compound on the HSF, and slap that baby back on, and your rollin No drivers, or anything like that. Simply rip off heatsink, slap in, slam down heatsink, (Repair broken board after slamming, and slapping ;) ) and your done. Obviously if you have a board made for Intel chips you can only run that type of processor. Same go's for boards designed for Athlons, and durons, etc.
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    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

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    Yes, but you'll want to make sure that you have a good thermal interface material (aka GOOP) on hand to help the HSF transfer the heat when you remount it.

    After the change, the motherboard should automatically detect the new processor. Some of the older motherboards may not do this straight off and you will have to reset the CMOS by whatever means applies to your particular board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XBoy
    Yes, well there is Intel and AMD. You have an Intel chip if you have a pentium, and you have an AMD if you have an Athlon XP brand chip. (Also popular CPU's are celerons=intel duron=AMD) A CPU upgrade is simple, you just order the processor, and slip it in the ZIF slot, put some thermal compound on the HSF, and slap that baby back on, and your rollin No drivers, or anything like that. Simply rip off heatsink, slap in, slam down heatsink, (Repair broken board after slamming, and slapping ;) ) and your done. Obviously if you have a board made for Intel chips you can only run that type of processor. Same go's for boards designed for Athlons, and durons, etc.
    pssst...
    The posting in the "INTEL" forum is a clue. ;)
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    If you have Windows XP you may have to re-activate it.

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    Thanks for the help. And yes, I do have a Pentium. In the meantime had someone tell me to remove my cpu in Hardware Manager?? Anything to that?

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    Hopefully you're not trying to upgrade from a PIII (or older) to a P4. That wont work. Also, when the P4's first came out the socket was a 423 pin, but they changed to 478 pin and have kept it there ever since. So, if you have a 478 pin great. If not then start over with a new mobo and all. :)
    :-(

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    I currently have a Pentium-III 933 in an Intel D815EPEA2 mobo. I want to upgrade this without having to buy a mobo and RAM if possible. The only upgrade that I can see in the P-III family is the 1.26mhz with 512k cache (Tualatin).

    Would this be a good move for about a year? Or should I just bite the bullet and go for a P4 system, probably a 2.66 mhz?

    Thanx in advance for any and all suggestions.

    John ;)

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    I'd go ahead and make the P4 purchase. There is a good deal of difference between the two performance-wise and the use of DDR memory makes that difference stand out even more. :)
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    I was afraid of that. But you are probably right as it generally makes little sense to invest in obsolete technology.

    If I go Intel P4, any specific recommendations as to mobo and P4 model? Price is a consideration so what do you think of a P4 2.4 or 2.6? I place reliability 1st, performance second. I do limited gaming so astronomical frame rates are not an issue. Aside from the usual web and e-mail stuff, my primary uses are Office 2000 (Word, Excel) and development in FileMaker Pro.

    Since price is a consideration for me, should I be looking at the AMD side as well as Intel?

    Thanx,

    John :cheers:

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