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P4 Titan 533 - Better CPU and GPU

The board is a GA-8SR533 (rev 2.0).

At the moment, it has a Northwood 2.8ghz CPU, which according to the Gigabyte CPU Support list for this board, it doesnt support. Yet the thing runs and works fine.

It has a Geforce MX 440 8x 64mb AGP GPU, which shouldnt fit in the board, as it only supports 2x and 4x, but it does and it works fine too.

Basically, Im looking at upgrading both to the maximum the board can handle.

Any suggestions?

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Here's the info;
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The Ti4600 and Ti4800 only have 128mb RAM. I was looking for something better than that.

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Don't.

As you can find on Tomshardware.com in very old articles the 3.2GHz models did overheat even with aftermarket coolers. Your 2.8GHz walked the fine line of performance and trouble well. I would not change it.

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I didn't want to ask but...

I thought maybe OP just want to do it for the fun of it.

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Here's my idea of fun and Pentiums.
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Im not doing anything just for fun. I just want to see how far I can comfortably upgrade this board.

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Remember I remember the P4 issues back then.

I stopped short of digging through tomshardware about the issues at 3.2 and 3.4 GHz P4s.

The 2.8 was very stable and the speed difference was minimal at 3.0.

-> If you really want to see change, pop in a SSD. You'll gain far more time by that and SSDs are pretty cheap if your machine can drive it over SATA.

If not SSD pop in a faster HDD. Back then you would look at RPMs and Seek Times. Those 10K RPM drives were what make it take off.

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Im running XP Pro 32-bit, so SSDs are out.

Faster hard drives like the Velociraptor generate more heat and more noise, and thats not what I want.

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Say what?

At the office we have a few of our last XP machines on SATA. The old news is just that. The trim is now in the drives etc. Plenty on the web about that.

As to 10K then try newer 7200 RPM models. Or get one of those SATA paddle boards. However as always these are not machines to invest in today. I picked up a 99 buck desktop and it blows away the P4s of that era.

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Plus the board has no SATA ports, only IDE.

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Upgrade
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What about the 7600gt? How does that stack up to the Radeon card you recommended?

Ive looked at 256mb and 512mb 7600gt cards and it seems the 256mb is much better.

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Old stuff

The 7600 will be better but it uses more power.
Just be sure your looking at an agp model....not pci-e.

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Age of machine not relevant.

Its a project.

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