Upgrade help required!!

  Markopolo 09:25 03 Feb 2007

Hi There,

My current pc is about 5/6 years old and I am looking to upgrade a few parts. I'm looking to get a faster processor and more Ram. I have included my spec below but was wondering what the highest speed processor was that i could add and how much extra ram the motherboard can handle.

Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1700MHz
Package Socket 423 mPGA
Core Speed 1679.3 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed 17.0 x 98.8 MHz
Rated Bus speed 395.1 MHz
Stock frequency 1700 MHz
Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2
L1 Data cache 8 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Trace cache 12 Kuops, 8-way set associative
L2 cache 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size

Chipset & Memory

Northbridge Intel i850 rev. A2
Southbridge Intel 82801BA (ICH2) rev. 04
Graphic Interface AGP
AGP Revision 2.0
AGP Transfer Rate 4x
AGP Side Band Addressing not supported, not enabled
Memory Type RDRAM
Memory Size 640 MBytes
Memory Frequency 395.1 MHz (1:1)
Total CAS# (tRDRAM) 10
Row To Column (tRCD) 9


System Manufacturer MEDIONPC
System Name
System S/N
Mainboard Model MS-6385
BIOS Vendor Award Software International, Inc.
BIOS Version 6.00 PG
BIOS Date 08/21/2001

Memory SPD

Module 1 RDRAM, PC800-45 (400 MHz), 0 MBytes, Samsung
Module 2 RDRAM, PC800-45 (400 MHz), 0 MBytes, unknown brand
Module 3 RDRAM, PC800-45 (400 MHz), 0 MBytes, Samsung
Module 4 RDRAM, PC800-45 (400 MHz), 0 MBytes, unknown brand

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

  Diodorus Siculus 11:07 03 Feb 2007

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't upgrade the processor; you will see a minimal return for your money.

More RAM will help - but it seems to be RAMBUS which is horrendously expensive.

  Markopolo 11:31 03 Feb 2007

Ok Thanks,

The only reaon why i was looking to upgrade the processor is beacuse when i run Arcsoft total media, the picture often freezes or stutters. Would adding more Ram resolve that issue to?

  Kate B 12:51 03 Feb 2007

It looks as though you haven't got a separate graphics card - it might help to put one in, there are still some around for the AGP interface. At the moment (if you haven't got a separate graphics card) Windows is sharing a smallish amount of Ram with the graphics subsystem.

  filthyphil 13:04 03 Feb 2007

my mobo has a AGP graphics connection, is there a way i can install PCI Express connections on my mobo or will i have to stick to upgrading my mobo??
thought it might be worth a try?

  Diodorus Siculus 13:27 03 Feb 2007

filthyphil - not possible unfortunately.

  Markopolo 14:59 03 Feb 2007

Kate - Although it doesn't mention it above i believe i have NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 3D Accelerator graphics card which as far as i know is up to the job. I have just e-mailed their tech support line and they have said my processor needs to be above 2GHz for the programme to run smoothly, so i think i'll look at upgrading that plus adding some extra Ram to speed things up.

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