I personally would not try to update an 1998 computer as it would cost you more for the Power supply,,ram,,MOBO,,graphics card,,CPU and Operating system (They may not fit the case)than what you could by a new one for.Plus you are still stuck with the older slower optical drives. If you are not into completely building your own some of the major Manf,s have deals.
I bought my first PC in 1998 that I?m still using but with the processor being an Intel Pentium 3, 500 mhz, I simply cannot put up with it any longer. I had saved a bit of money now and wish to buy a new processor, motherboard and RAM and may be a graphics card. I am basically looking for some advice and get some questions answered.
After doing a lot of research as I did not want to waste my money as this new rig will have to last me a good few years I decided upon going with an AMD processor rather than an Intel. The reason being I am mostly using my PC for word processing and such tasks and not for gaming.
Initially I chose one of AMD?s Athlons 64 processors but I have come to the decision that it will be better of for me to go with the following processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ AM2 2.5GHz. Now the questions I have are?
1) I understand the figure 4800 but some times I see it with a plus (+) and some times not. Could you clear up the meaning of this for me?
2) This processor is available in both 65 and 90 nanometre versions, what?s the difference?
3) This processor is available in two different power ratings: 89W or 65W, again what does this mean?
4) I will have to get a new motherboard so what do you recommend?
5) Finally, just out of personal interest because there is no way I could afford to even if I wanted to, is there a motherboard that can take two of these AMD cpu?s? I know there are motherboards that can take several AMD opteron processors but what about the X2 processors?
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