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Upgrade processor 500 AMD Athlon to ?

by ulyssescpt / January 24, 2006 10:45 PM PST


Below is the system that I have. Basically, I will be buying a new system. But I'd like to keep this system for other purposes.

What I'd like to know is, how much can I upgrade the processor. To what speed? What AMD processor can I upgrade to? Do I have to stay with AMD processors?

Also, if you have any recommendations for this system, what to upgrade, I'd appreciate it.

I've done some research but thye don't specify what specific AMD processor to upgrade to.


Operating System
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
500 megahertz AMD Athlon
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Board: ASUSteK Computer INC. K7M 1.XX
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 627.10 02/29/2000
320 MB Installed

Slot '0' has 128 mb
Slot '1' has 64 mb
Slot '2' has 128 mb

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I wouldn't. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2006 11:10 PM PST

There are pitfalls to doing this. Here's the short list.

1. Memory speed may change. You may find you need to upgrad the RAM as well.
2. The power supply may become overtaxed. It's an aging machine and that 250 Watt supply has degraded with time.
3. While a little pokey, as is, if stable will run Windows 2000, Linux with ease.

I wouldn't change a thing.


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That's about it...
by Willy / January 25, 2006 12:21 AM PST

Your're at the end of the AMD cpu rope as the last cpu offered in that class was 550mhz and that's a rare cpu. You could find some "overdrive cpu kit" but the time for that has long passed, just google for such. In other words, you got the most from this system as it is and really adding anything is just "burdening" the sytem if any upgrade found. The best upgrade now would be making all ram sticks as high as the system specs support, guessing here maybe 128mb per slot. As for costs, do you really want to spend any more on this system? You may want to "netwrok" this old system to new system when brought to experience networking and all it offers.

tada -----Willy Happy

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You seem to be mistaken
by joe_smith / January 25, 2006 1:32 AM PST
In reply to: That's about it...

The specs clearly state it's an Athlon CPU, and you're talking about the K6 line. The Athlon line started at about 500MHz, and continued to about 1.4GHz before the AthlonXP line came into being. There's usually some overlap in clock speeds between chip generations.

That being said, you should be able to put in up to a 1.1GHz Athlon into that system one would think. Provided it's the 100MHz bus variety, and not the 133MHz type. You're probably looking at buying one off of ebay at this point. About 4 years ago, I was looking for one of those chips, and had to search quite hard to find a new one.

All in all, I do agree with Bob however. That system would make a fine Linux box for web browsing and word processing. Putting more money into a system that old, when you plan to buy a new one, just isn't a worthwhile thing. Unless you want to turn it into a Linux file server, in which case putting loads of disk space into it would be a worthwile expense.

Another option, is if you have older games you like to play, that box could be used for those. Running Windows98 or something, which will run some games that XP won't. It can also be a backup system in a pinch if something happens to the new one.

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Thank all of you for your replies
by ulyssescpt / January 25, 2006 5:35 AM PST


All of your input has been very helpful. I was just thinking of upgrading to whatever possible and just use it for simple tasts.

I have various purposes that I need computers for. A new computer was to take over for newer and more demanding software.

Actually, I've been thinking of improving my knowledge and see what linux has to offer. I agree, it would make a good linux box.

Thank you, I'll just upgrade the memory and concentrate on a new computer.



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Stand corrected
by Willy / January 25, 2006 9:10 AM PST

Yes, the Atlhon cpu series does go beyond 500mhz. It does however must be supported by the mtrbd. specs. It's very probable the mtrbd. bios needs to be updated to accept newer cpus, plus if any voltage change setting. Thus, the user MUST be certain any later cpu is supported. As you and Robert stated it would make a decent Linux but really that gets into another area beyond upgrade, though usable.

FYI - I have a 1.1mhz AMD still running.

tada -----Willy Happy

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