Can I upgrade my CPU?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Glaanieboy, Jun 8, 2002.

  1. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

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    I've got one of those premanufactured computers from Packard Hell (bought in Holland, if that makes any difference). It has a MSI-6309 (Saturn) motherboard. Currently it fits a Pentium III 800 processor, but I wanna upgrade to a Pentium III 1,2 GHz. According to the manual the Motherboard can fit a processor with speeds of 1 GHZ or higher, guess the higher speeds didn't exist when the mobo was manufactured. Now is the issue that the computer is a Packard Hell make, could it be that PH (or PB) has altered the motherboard that it can only fit a Pentium III 800? I know they altered the BIOS, because the PB logo keeps popping up at every system start. In the BIOS I can't find settings for altering the bus speed (only the DRAM frequency, which is currently set to 133 MHz, or is that the same a bus speed?) or multiplier settings.
    Can anyone advice me, 'cause I wanna replace my videocard with a Geforce 3/4 and I'm afraid that my system can't keep up with the Geforce 3/4.
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Go to the MSI site, do a search on your board & they will have the latest on it. Don't see why you can't up the cpu if your board can take it.
     
  3. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Do as Hipster Doofus suggests, but also look to see if you can Flash your BIOS. If you can Flash it, then get the newest BIOS for your MoBo and then upgrade the CPU.
     
  4. Glaanieboy

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    I already updated my BIOS, guess I'll just have to give it a go. Thanks guys
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    as far as your front side bus, it automatically detects it from the cpu, so you have no option of overclocking with a bios like that. there is a chance your board won't support over, say, 1.1ghz, but i doubt it. should be okay with 1.2ghz. in order to make sure it goes okay, get a p3 with the same front side bus as the one you currently have.