System update advice.

  joethebow 22:30 20 Apr 2005

I have a fairly elderly XP1800 (1M clock speed) PC with 512MB ram and a Geforce 64mb Video card.

I want to update to something a little faster

I was thinking of moving to a Sempron 2200 based system. Would the Sempron chip be much faster than my XP1800? I plan to replace the motherboard, ram and video card at the same time but these are dependant on the processor.

  DieSse 23:32 20 Apr 2005

I wouldn't have thought a Sempron 2200 was faster than an AthlonXP 1800 - might even be slower.

  DieSse 23:37 20 Apr 2005

PS - an XP1800 should be running at a clock speed of 1.53GHz

  woodchip 23:38 20 Apr 2005

As above you are not going to see any benefit if anything the reverse

  DieSse 23:43 20 Apr 2005

"I want to update to something a little faster"

This is never a good idea anyway - save your money until you can afford a significantly faster system - otherwise you'll be soooooo disappointed.

  joethebow 17:43 21 Apr 2005

The processor is an AMD XP1800 and according to 2 different utilities I have run is running at 1050MH. How do I increase the CPU speed to what it should be please?

  woodchip 18:18 21 Apr 2005

I used to run a XP1600 it was 1.4Ghz. You have not got the frequency FSB for short, set correctly in BIOS it should be set to 133

  dan11 18:33 21 Apr 2005

If your present cpu is running at 1.05Ghz at default settings. Then you have a XP1600. The XP1800 would run at 1.15Ghz default settings.

As above, you need to alter your fsb to 133Mhz from 100Mhz. If you post your motherboard make and model, you can be shown how to increase it's speed.

It should run at 1.4Ghz.

  joethebow 18:40 21 Apr 2005

I had a look in the bios and found I could increase the speed to 133 there. The CPU speed is now 1400.

The PC is now running much faster. I thought it was an 1800 but perhaps it's only a 1600 after all.

In any case I plan to replace the motherboard to gain USB2, I use an External drive and it's slow as hell. Perhaps I should buy faster RAM at the same time as I believe the 512MB RAM in the PC is only DDR100.

Problem is I do a lot of multi tasking and things sometimes slow down to a crawl.

  dan11 18:51 21 Apr 2005

You can use a pci usb 2.0 card click here This would give your computer usb 2.0 ports. The speed is faster than the 1.1 usb, but not blistering fast.;-)

As to memory upgrades. This will very much depend on your operating system and your motherboard.

  dan11 18:56 21 Apr 2005

Sorry the above is a hub, try this click here

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