Processor upgrade / sound card question

  Darren-512879 14:33 29 May 06
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I've currently got an AMD Athlon 2000+ 1.67Ghz processor on an MSI motherboard (not sure which one) with 768mb RAM.

I'm considering upgrading the processor, doesn't need to be top of the range but something that will make do till I possibly buy a new dual core PC with Vista next year.

What processor should I go with?
How will I know if it is compatible with my motherboard?
Is it advisable to a novice like me to install it?

Also, I've got a nice set of Creative 2.0 speakers on order but currently I don't have a separate sound card. I only really need them for music rather than games. Should I invest in a sound card or don't they make that much difference?

  Totally-braindead 14:39 29 May 06

Sound card first. It depends, onboard sound is a hell of a lot better than it used to be, I'm happy enough with it but it really depends on what you think. I would try it with the speakers and see if you're happy with it, if not then get a sound card.

Changing a processor, you can do it yourself, its not as easy as putting in more memory but it certainly isn't all that differcult. Before going into this find out if your motherboard can take a faster processor. If it can't then saying any more is a total waste of time. Download this and run it and see what it sayd your motherboard is click here then post back

  Darren-512879 14:53 29 May 06

Property Value
Manufacturer MSI
Model MS-6712
Version 1.0
Serial Number 00000000

Chipset Vendor VIA Technologies Inc
Chipset Model VT8366/A,VT8367 Apollo KT266/A,KT333 CPU to PCI Bridge
South Bridge VT8235 PCI to ISA Bridge

CPU AMD Athlon XP
Cpu Socket Socket A [Socket-A]
Processor Upgrade
Max CPU Speed 3000 MHz

System Slots 6 PCI

Memory Summary
Capacity 768 MBytes
Maximum Capacity 3072 MBytes
Memory Slots 3
Error Correction 32-bit ECC
Error Correction Capabilities Single Bit Error Correcting
Name Physical Memory Array
Maximum Memory Module Size 1024 MBytes

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed

  Totally-braindead 14:55 29 May 06

MS-6712 that sounds familiar, this is a branded computer isn't it?

  Darren-512879 14:57 29 May 06

nope. a friend built it for me 2 or 3 years back.

  Totally-braindead 15:03 29 May 06

Right its a KT4V click here according to this, with a BIOS upgrade it can take up to a 3200 Athlon or a 3000 Sempron. Confirm by looking that this is your motherboard click here

  Darren-512879 15:06 29 May 06

I looks more like this one:

click here

  Totally-braindead 15:08 29 May 06

Heres a Sempron 3000 click here you might be struggling to get an Athlon as I'm fairly sure they no longer make them

  Darren-512879 15:11 29 May 06

Would that give me a worthwhile increase in performance?

If I could get an Athlon (eg on ebay) would that be prefereable to the Sempron?

  Totally-braindead 15:29 29 May 06

Forget that link I gave you its a different socket it won't fit.

  Totally-braindead 15:35 29 May 06

I haven't been able to find a socket A (462) processor at any of the shops I usually use. Perhaps Ebay would be your only chance. Having said that even if you get one you may need new memory and almost certainly will have to flash the BIOS to support the new processor.

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