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#1 15 years ago

I got just about all money for christmas, about $250, and i was thinking about getting a faster processor. I have a P3 866 right now. I dont know much about em so if anyone does help me out. What should i get?:confused:




Fulgore243

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#2 15 years ago

It's complicated, depending on which motherboard you have. You must research which processors are compatible with the motherboard (as well as what *form* of processors that mobo allows, for instance, socket-478, Slot-1, etc.) Once you find that, you can start shopping around for faster processors. You might just want to swap the *motherboard, RAM, and processor* all at once, that way you can get the very fastest you can afford for *all* the components, and not have any performance bottlenecks.

For example, a Pentium-4 2.8 ghz would still *feel* slow if it was using old RAM/motherboard, because those components would prevent it from working at full potential.

The most important thing is either 1) determine which processors your motherboard can use, or 2) buy a new mobo/processor/RAM package.

And don't ask me which processors are compatible with your motherboard. ;) You get to do some research now.




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#3 15 years ago

At least in my country, AMD processors are cheaper than P4's, so that's what I would go for. Then you can afford a new videocard too.:)




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#4 15 years ago

Well i got a new vid card in september. ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB, so thats still good. About the motherboard, where do you find out what company it is and stuff? Any help is greatly appreciated!:cya:




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#5 15 years ago

I have to honestly put in the "GO FOR AMD" thing... Intels are highly overrated, and they are waaayyy to expensive to even think about it. The great thing is, AMD supported motherboards are also a little cheaper than the intel ones (although it might be different where you live)

If you want to buy a processor, get a new motherboard with it - you don't want to bottleneck your performance like fulgore said.

Your best bet for price is getting the stuff OEM (COMES WITHOUT BOX, and MANUAL INSTALLATION) so you gotta know what you're doing, but it saves you a heck of a lot of cash. Get it from dedicated computer stores, not large retailers like futureshop, bestbuy or any other store like that, they charge a lot more than you'd believe.

If you live in Canada, go to computerscanada.com to look up prices for a lot of stuff, I just recently bought 512 MB DDR2700 ram and my ATI RADEON 9500 from them, for a grand total of ~$367 CAN, so its all good.

So do your research, find out what you're in the market for, and good luck!

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Oh i jus realized your last question there...

A good motherboard producer is ASUS, go to asus.com for that, others just look around i guess.




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#6 15 years ago

I was thinking about updating my processor also so I called Dell (my PC provider) and they told me what I could upgrade to and how to do it. You need to call technical support of you computer manufacturer and they can tell you everything.




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#7 15 years ago

AHHHH DEEELLLLLLL NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry just my thought on package computers. Get the advice of an independant computer tech or two before doing anything. You can usually find out what motherboard you have by taking a very good look at it, noting any serial number and entering those in google. Sometimes the manufacturers even put thier names on the motherboard.

For starters in you are running a P3 866 you have a socket 370 mobo, so unless you change the mobo P4's are out. You may get up to a 1.4Ghz P3 if your mobo has a 133 Front Side Bus and supports the multiplier required, but that's as high as you can go without overclocking as far as Pentium 3's are concerned (and if you can find one of course - you may have to go second hand).

I suggest replacing mobo, cpu and mem, prefferably Athlon, I run a 2000+, but the athlons are much cheaper than pentium as far as comparable performance is concerned - more bang for your bucks.

Whichever option you go for though I would also suggest upgrading your case to one with at least a 400W PSU, these suckers pull heaps of power and if it is not up to scratch you can have heaps of problems. You could upgrade the just the PSU but it's almost as cheap just to buy a new case.

So case, CPU, DDR Ram - put it all together, transfer the gear across from your old case and there you go, all done, simple - not! You might consider paying a proffessional some money for an hour of his time to put the parts together for you if you are not sure about doing it yourself.

Have fun

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#8 15 years ago

If you want to spare money and get a brandnew mobo with processor and cooler,try out EBAY.I made good experiences wit pc-stuff there.Concerning what processor you should take,AMD is said to better for gaming,but heats up quicker than Intel.So you might need a stronger cooler which means more working noise.I personally use an old P4 1,7 SD-ram board and it's ok so far.Maybe that was alittle help, :cya:




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#9 15 years ago

Whenever I build a PC using and AMD CPU I get a retail CPU, cause they come with AMD approved fans. Not only does that save you money, it costs more to buy a bare AMD CPU and suitable 3rd party fan, but if you use the AMD aproved fan you get a 3 year warranty as compares to the 12 month warranty for a bare CPU (not that I think anyone who plays games is gonna keep a CPU for 3 years :lol: )

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#10 15 years ago
Originally posted by apocalypse_kid AHHHH DEEELLLLLLL NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

My Dell is a P4 2.4b ghz (533 system bus), 512 mb Rambus DRAM (40ns), GeForce4 MX 64 mb, 40 gig hard drive, Intel network card, SB Audigy!, 40x CD burner, 52x CDROM, wireless Logitech keyboard/mouse,and it's a quiiiiiiiet case (I can't tell it's on unless I see the light on the front, not like my last computer, the 8-fan Athlon wind tunnel).

And this whole computer was, 4 months ago, **$740**. Try beating that by building it with parts (at the prices 4 months ago). I couldn't.

I suggest replacing mobo, cpu and mem, prefferably Athlon, I run a 2000+, but the athlons are much cheaper than pentium as far as comparable performance is concerned - more bang for your bucks.

My last computer was a home-built Athlon. Running Windows 2000 and later XP, I had sooooooo many crashes. I'm not blaming it on AMD, but I had all standard, name-brand components (noooo cheapies, I spared no expense) and it crashed at least five times a day.

My Dell P4 has *never* crashed once in 4 months. If I had to pick over again, I'd definitely go Intel. The AMD *processors* may be cheaper per megahertz, but sometimes you get what you pay for. I learned that the hard way, with an uber-unstable computer (regardless of O/S) for a year and a half.