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    Upgrading Processor

    I am thinking of possibly upgrading my processor some time in the future, along with my RAM.

    I don't think there will be problem with the RAM, but I will be upgrading the processor. I am currently using a Winchester Core AMD 64 3200+ processor, and I am planning on upgrading to a AMD 64 4000+ San Deigo Core. Will there be any problem or should it just be a case of replacing the processor and booting back up again?

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    What OS are you running? If XP then I think you'll have to reactive it. Make sure you've got the latest BIOS version for your board...

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    Ok. I think I have the latest bios version but I will have to check. If all fails I should be able to just stick the old one back in until I can get the new one working. I will probably do the RAM first as thats going to be an extra 60 as compared to 250 for the new processor.

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    Matt what's the performance like on the 64 3200+? I'm thinking of building a system with it and a gig of ram...how much ram are you getting?

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    Well my current system spec uses the 3200+ with 1GB of RAM, I plan to upgrade to 2GB and the 4000+ processor becuase its just cool. Im using a 256 MB ATI graphics card running dual monitors, but it remains extremely fast running. I build my family a computer as a birthday present using the 3000+ and a gig of ram, and it's still way beyond most of my mates PC's. Plus, the AMD 64 939 series has built in virus protection, and I havn't yet had a single virus for over 4 months. I'm using ZoneAlarm, AVG Antivirus, Firefox and Thunderbird.

    I would reccomend getting a case with a decent airflow system becuase the processor can potentially get quite hot, I spent 105 on the Nexus Breeze 400W case (look it up on google).

    I would highly reccomend the processor to anyone, its well worth the money, just don't let it down with a bad motherboard, graphics card etc. The only thing I don't have yet is a decent sound card, but i'm getting that sorted payday with this rather lovley piece (http://www.cclonline.com/resize-imag...bgcolor=ffffff)

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    Nice...I want to build myself a new pc but I haven't got the cash yet

    I love this case - http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=90606

    I'm thinking of not getting a 15" Powerbook but building a monster PC for about 1400, however I'd still rather have the Powerbook
    Last edited by JamieR; 10-09-2005 at 05:12 PM.

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    Yea the Creative XFi is apparently really great from what I've heard - decently priced as well considering... well 100 for the basic model.

    I'm planning on getting a 3500+ Venice soon, any idea how much these can be overclocked with the stock heatsink and fan? I've heard that they can easily reach 2.6-2.7ghz (from the standard 2.2ghz), but not sure whether I'd need an aftermarket hsf to get that much out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    What OS are you running? If XP then I think you'll have to reactive it.
    No you won't, not unless you change more components than the processor, like if you swapped the CPU, video card, and motherboard out at once then you would be replacing just one or two components won't do it or at least thats how it worked back when XP was launched.

    At the launch one of the Microsoft flunkies went on and on to stress how the activation and subsequent re-activation wasn't design to be a major pain the butt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark87
    I'm planning on getting a 3500+ Venice soon, any idea how much these can be overclocked with the stock heatsink and fan? I've heard that they can easily reach 2.6-2.7ghz (from the standard 2.2ghz), but not sure whether I'd need an aftermarket hsf to get that much out of it.
    That's the core I have, and it rawks. I would recommend it 110%. I am going to OC it later, and I think I can pump it up pretty high with this guy:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118115

    EDIT: Here's a review that you might find helpfull on that HSF:

    Case: Antec Sonata II w/ 450 watt stock PSU
    Case Fans: 2x Vantec 120mm Stealth
    Motherboard: Asus A8N-E
    CPU: Athlon 64 3500+ Venice core Socket 939 (Arctic Silver 5 thermal grease for CPU and GPU of course)
    CPU Heatsink: Zalman CNPS-7700-Cu (that big mother of a copper thing at the top of the motherboard)
    RAM: OCZ Platinum Edition Enhanced Latency 2GB(2x1GB) 184-pin DDR400
    GPU: MSI ATI Radeon X800XL PCI-Express
    GPU Heatsink: Zalman VF700-Cu (that slightly smaller big mother of a copper thing hanging under the graphics card)

    Wow, is this thing huge. It's a good 6 inches across, and weighs in at a solid 2 pounds. Be careful moving your computer aroudn with this on it, but man oh man is it worth it. Combined with Arctic Silver 5, it runs my Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 90nm at 28 degrees Celsius idle, and 45 degrees Celsius load, which is simply astounding. It's a work of art, and actually does help to cool the MOSFETs (which provide power to the CPU) and the RAM, which is good for overclocking. This is one of the best heatsinks on the market, and if it fits your case/motherboard, and you care about cooling/temperatures, get it.
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    Ah so the Asus A8N-E is a good board...sweet, I was thinking of building a box with it when I get teh

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    Thanks for that Exis, yup, seen the Zalman ones and the massive Thermalright ones - XP-120 !

    I've heard the stock hsf is actually quite good though, so I'll have to see lol.


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