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Processor Upgrade

by blakmagik13 / January 20, 2006 12:14 AM PST

I have a Compaq 6016US. Here is the computer:

http://arstechnica.dealtime.com/xPF-Compaq_Presario_6016US_470037_364

I know it is a compaq, but it is one of the few computers I could find at the time that had an open AGP slot. I have upgraded the ram, the video card, and the hard drive. I am looking at upgrading the processor. Currently it is a 1.53 Ghz machine. How high can I go, and where do you suggest buying it? I know that this computer is ancient, but I'm just wondering how far I can go before I have to give in and buy a new system.

Thanks!

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did u happen to upgrade the psu?
by nerdyboy1234 / January 20, 2006 7:11 AM PST
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You're close to needing a new system
by kschang / January 21, 2006 1:29 PM PST
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Your CPU is an older gen of Athlon XP, using 266 MHz bus. The last gen of Athlon XP uses 400 MHz bus and thus not compatible with your PC.

According to the chart here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Athlon_XP_Models#Desktop_CPU

The fastest CPU for 266 MHz front side bus is Athlon XP 2800+, but it's only available in Japan. The fastest available in the US is a 2600+, and those are quite hard to find nowadays. Your CPU should be an 1800+ based on the speed given on the spec sheet. So if you can find a 2600+, you should notice a speed difference.

On the other hand, finding such a CPU will not be easy, and one wonders at what cost.

It may be easier to save up the money toward a new PC in the near future.

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Just get a new computer
by Adamness / January 22, 2006 10:15 AM PST
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You can get a whole new computer for the price of a decent processor. And chances are, you can't get a decent processor that's compatable with your current machine.

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