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Windows 7: What Processor can i upgrade to?

10 Jul 2010   #1
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
What Processor can i upgrade to?

I am using a
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+, ~2.0GHz
System Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Model: KT400A-8235
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

I want to updrade it !

what can i upgrade it to though?


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10 Jul 2010   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

KT400A-8235 isn't a make, it's a chipset pair made by Via tech.

You need a Socket A (also known as Socket 462) CPU. I'm not familiar with them, but I think that the fastest CPU for it could be an Athlon XP 3200+. You'd need information on your particular motherboard to know whether its BIOS supports that. (Key feature: 400Hz FSB.)

You may not be able to buy a Socket A CPU at retail, because of the age of the platform. They seem to be readily available on eBay.

I can't say whether such an upgrade would be worth the effort.
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10 Jul 2010   #3
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Reilly View Post
I am using a
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+, ~2.0GHz
System Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Model: KT400A-8235
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

I want to updrade it !

what can i upgrade it to though?
What is it you want to do? I ask because you've been using an XP cpu this long, so the tasks and apps you run can't be that demanding. There's literally no part or parts you could put in that machine that would bring it inline with today's machines; you'd need to build from the ground up. Is that worth it for you?
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10 Jul 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not touch it. It's not worth it. Too old.
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10 Jul 2010   #5
kpo6969

 
 

You could also find a cheap AM2 board and an X2.
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10 Jul 2010   #6
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kpo6969 View Post
You could also find a cheap AM2 board and an X2.
What benefit would that be? It's not like he could use his RAM; KT-400 uses DDR 333 or 400, not DDR2. Since he would have to buy everything from the ground up with an AM2 board, why go with a platform that's two generations old? If all his apps work, stick with what he's got. If he's going to upgrade, let it be current gen stuff.
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11 Jul 2010   #7
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks for all the replies. Fumz , i have DDR PC3200 RAM and i run a couple of games on this computer, i use windows 7 and the main game is Football Manager 2010, and i wanted to make my game performance and game speed up to 5 Stars and its at 1 and " stars now

Can i do this without buying a new pc and what graphics card can i put in the Computer (How do i find out?)

Thanks
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11 Jul 2010   #8
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Reilly,

If you're going to stick with your current machine, then you'll need to resign yourself to the idea you're not going to get a Windows rating experience of 5 or higher. Socket A cpu's, AGP graphics cards and DDR 400 (pc-3200) just isn't strong enough.

You can improve your game performance, but would it be worth the cost? The very best AGP card you can get these days is an ATI 4670 for $125.00. Newegg.com - HIS IceQ H467QS1GHA Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card If you had a PCI express capable motherboard, for about that same price you could get an ATI 5770, which is leaps and bounds beyond the 4670, and certainly the 5200 you're running now.

It would also help to have 4GB's of RAM, but again, DDR is just so expensive relative to DDR2 and DDR3 that you have to really question whether it's worth investing so much into such an old machine? The cheapest 2GB kit of DDR 400 Newegg has is $70.00, which is about the same price as a 4GB kit of 800MHz DDR 2, and only $10.00 less than a 4GB kit of 1333MHz DDR3.

Compounding the problem: the 2GB DDR 400 kit will most likely not be the same as the kit you've got, and mixing memory always leads to problems. You may luck out and already have value RAM installed, and if that's the case, you may get off relatively cheap, but if you have to match a higher rated kit, then it will become pricey; much pricier than if you were to get DDR2 or DDR3.

In the end, even if you do decide on a faster AGP card and more RAM, where will you end up? They don't sell socket A cpu's anymore, mostly because they stopped making them a long time ago. Sure you can find one, but it won't be that much faster than the one you've got: Buy.com - AMD AXDA2800DKV4D AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 512KB 333 MHz. At $100.00, that's a stiff price for a really low jump in performance... especially when you consider that that's actually more than quad core AM3 cpu's: Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,CPUs / Processors,Processors - Desktops,Socket AM3,Quad-Core.
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11 Jul 2010   #9
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks Fumz,

Do you know any UK websites that sell relitavley cheap Laptops or Desktops for under 400 that can run games?
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