Processor Upgrade

  sirles1 19:15 28 Jun 2008

I need to buy a new processor for my motherboard MSI K7N2G-ILSR.
I am after AMD but I notice there is various types ie Barton, Thoroughbred etc.
My machine supports as follows:
?? Supports Socket A (Socket-462) for AMD® Athlon™/Athlon™ XP /Duron™
processors @ FSB 100/133/166
?? Supports 600MHz up to Athlon XP 2700+ MHz processor or higher

Can someone give me some sound advice on which type my motherboard can use?

  mrwoowoo 20:10 28 Jun 2008

Basically any socket A CPU WITH A FSB no higher than 333MHZ.
Not sure what you mean as you've answered your own question.It supports all the cpu's you have listed.
The most powerful would be a Athlon xp 2800+.
click here
And any of these exept the last one.(all a bit of a rip off)
click here

  woodchip 20:19 28 Jun 2008

You will do well to be able to get a socket A CPU now, You may get one from a Computer Fair. Cheaper to go for a Mobo CPU upgrade but you will also need to check the Memory and Graphics card will work with new MOBO

I note that the above link is to a Barton CPU

  mrwoowoo 20:23 28 Jun 2008

'I note that the above link is to a Barton CPU'
Do you think the Barton could be a problem..Wouldn't want to stear anyone wrong.
What cpu do you have at present,so we can establish if it's worth upgrading.

  woodchip 20:32 28 Jun 2008

It will not work on is if the BIOS does not support it, as it does say that its a 333. Looking at is Data it only takes a normal Athlon as it says 133 or 166. So speed would be wrong

  woodchip 20:42 28 Jun 2008

I am running Athlon 2000+ moved up from a Athlon 1600+ Palomino. I got it from Computer Fair and only found out after fitting it that is was 2000 he told me it was a 2300+

  mrwoowoo 20:48 28 Jun 2008

But surely 166mhz double date = 333mhz.

  woodchip 20:52 28 Jun 2008

It may work But I Seem to remember that BIOS updates are needed for Barton. Some would work but I would not like to gamble on it. My way after the Problems I have had would be to go for a New Mobo CPU as you could then get some speed from it. And it would be more up to date. Buying as bundles are cheap now days

  woodchip 20:54 28 Jun 2008

For instance click here

  mrwoowoo 21:18 28 Jun 2008

So the safe option is a normal AMD Athlon XP 2800, which buying new from my link is dearer than the first two bundles in your link.
Your motherboard bundle idea seems the best way to go unless he gets a second hand cpu from ebay(still wondering what cpu he has at present)
Also you will need new ram as well and a graphics card if you intend doing some gaming.
The choice is yours,depending what you use your pc for.

  cream. 21:21 28 Jun 2008

I have an old barton 333Mhz cpu.

Use the yellow envelope if you want to.

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