Which Processor to Upgrade to?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by wingman411, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. wingman411

    wingman411 OSNN Senior Addict

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    I currently have a 1600+ and 1GB of Simple Tech PC2700 Ram. My other specs are listed below.
    I am not experienced with overclocking so keep that in mind. I am going to use my 1600 + in another machine.

    80173-R
    AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 2.08GHz 333FSB Processor Retail ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    w/Fan and Heatsink, 3 Years Manufacturer Warranty $99.50

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    80171-R
    AMD Athlon XP 2400+ 2.0GHz Processor Retail ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    w/Fan and Heatsink, 3 Years Manufacturer Warranty $84.00

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    80170-R
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 1.83GHz 333FSB Processor Retail ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    w/Fan and Heatsink, 3 Years Manufacturer Warranty
    $89.00
     
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    thread moved from applications to other hardware...

    -edit-

    btw get the 2500+... it oc's nicely.. often times to 3000+ levels out of the box with stock cooling (might need to adjust the voltage a little)

    :)
     
  3. wingman411

    wingman411 OSNN Senior Addict

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    to do that is there a tutorial or video i can use to o/c the 2500?
     
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    not sure.. but if you ever need any help we can certainly help you out..

    the overclocking is basically in the bios.. and IF you buy a new motherboard.. the bios information will be right there for you to work with... explaining what section allows you to do what...

    the cpu frequency section of the bios is where you can play around with the multipliers and/or the front side bus setting... to achieve higher clocks...

    depending on the OC... you may well have to change your voltage as well... :)

    its no prob though... we can help you through it step by step if you really wish to oc :)
     
  5. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    I always wanted to know how to change the voltage:confused:
    ready for voltage training 101 :D
     
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Check
    www.tomshardware.com and overclockersclub
    search for overclocking + athlon

    They have a lot of good info on the older athlon processors. Not that much on the newer ones.

    One question. I did not see your motherboard mentioned. Make sure it supports the 333 FSB speed of the new chips or you willl lose a lot of capability. Some of the older MB that support 333 RAM do not support 333 FSB speeds, like mine :( .

    As for the how to in overclocking the three most important things are :

    Choice of processor - not all can be easily overclocked.
    Choice of motherboard - they all support some, but not all feature
    Choice of heatsink/case cooling - keeping the cpu cool is critical

    best option is: Barton 2500 + ASUS nforce 2 + TBD w/2 case fans

    (TBD - I avoid the great heatsink/fan debate it chanegs weekly.)

    Come on back when you start having specific questions on the overclocking.
     
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    wingman, what type of board do you have? does it even support the 333fsb of the barton? you might be stuck to choosing a 266fsb processor like the 2400+.
     
  8. wingman411

    wingman411 OSNN Senior Addict

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    I have a MSI KT3 Ultra2 (Via KT333) Chipset Board. ver 1.x motherboard

    MS 6380

    post edited due to double post... - sazar
     
  9. Mr Dead

    Mr Dead Guest

    Go for an XP1700 JIUHB DLT3C, alot cheaper and they overclock higher. With good aircooling you can hit 2.4 gig. Got mine running at 2.5 gig with water cooling and its 100% stable.
     
  10. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    yeah, you're stuck to 266fsb processors. the fastest you could get would be a 2600+, but make sure it's the 266fsb version and not the 333fsb. a 2400+ would maybe be a smarter buy. or if you want to do some careful hunting, get the 1700+ that mr. dead mentions with that exact stepping code on it... assuming your board supports those high multipliers.