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    Question Upgrade Celeron?

    Hi, I'm new here and this site was recommended to me by a workmate as a forum full of "Technical Wizards"

    I'm not sure if anyone can help or not but I was wondering if someone could tell me what is the fastest/ish cpu that would fit my kids machine?

    The pc is an old HP Pavilion 6720, and is quoted as having an intel 810e chipset. The motherboard says MEW-AM on it which when googled comes up as an Asus board though it does not mention Asus anywhere on it. There is a small white barcode on it that reads MS1071468 - M6P71S - E04 - 01229 Not sure if this means anything to anyone?

    It is my old pc used by the kids mainly for playing music whilst on MSN etc. It works fine and it seems a shame to replace it if it's unneccessary, it's just a bit slow that's all. It curently has it's original Celeron 600/128/66/1.5v cpu with 512mb ram, just looking to try to speed it up a bit. Any Ideas?

    Cheers,

    Russ.

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    i think the max speed on that board is likely to be a p3 1.3GHz - but for the price you'll pay for one, you could buy a new motherboard, ram, and modern processor

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    I think there was a 1.4Ghz Tualatin P3 core but yeah I'd have to agree with directhex. If you go down that route I'd also look at the wattage of the psu as a more modern setup might need more juice and knowing HP see if the case would take a normal ATX motherboard and it isn't some propriety form factor. Might be best in the end to just keep your drives and PCI cards, although good drives both dvd-rw and hdds are pretty cheap these days. If it does have a decent 300w psu you should be fine with a low end upgrade such as a cheap socket 754 sempron, mobo and some pc3200 ddr ram. Might also want to look at one of the new integrated graphics boards from nvidia.

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    Cheers Guys,

    If I were to fit a faster celeron chip would it automatically work / detect? Or would I need to do something to the settings?

    Sorry to trouble you but not very technically minded

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    It *should* work fine with faster chips but you may find you need upgrade the BIOS first. A P3 1GHz (with a 133MHz FSB) might be OK in it - assuming the RAM is PC133 too - but as has been said if you have the budget consider getting a new system... Even something very low end by modern standards ought to blow this out of the water.

    For what it's worth this:

    http://www.cpuid.org/cpuz.php

    Might be able to tell you a bit more about the mobo model, bios revision etc (even though it's main purpose is to report CPU info)

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    Ebay would be a good place to start looking for an inexpensive chip upgrade.
    http://computers.listings.ebay.co.uk...istingItemList
    Just make sure you pick up a socket 370.
    Anything faster should work ok.
    edit I think you need to be careful on which type of celeron probabiliy max of 1000 ish.
    Last edited by teachmech; 16-02-2006 at 09:03 PM.

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    AFAIK 810e does not support Tualatin CPU, so I think you're stuck with something like 1Ghz (or even less). I have a Coppermine Celeron 800/128/100/1.7V for sale, should work in your system But 600->800 is not a big step (Although the FSB is higher)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgybob
    If it does have a decent 300w psu you should be fine with a low end upgrade such as a cheap socket 754 sempron, mobo and some pc3200 ddr ram. Might also want to look at one of the new integrated graphics boards from nvidia.
    It only has a 180w psu.
    I just thought that maybe I could speed it up a bit for a few quid spent on eBay, no worries.

    We have got a decent pc plus a high end laptop in the house anyway, the HP is ideal for the kids bedroom and for a 1999 pc it is very small & compact, it works perfectly.

    Cheers for all the replies.

    Russ.

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