First post, by Cosmic
I'm working on my first Socket A system and would like to upgrade the CPU. I haven't worked on an AMD system from this era so I'm a little new but am reading up.
- Motherboard: Biostar M7VIT-800
- CPU: AMD Sempron 2800+, 2.00 GHz, 256K L2, "Thorton"
- RAM: 1GB DDR
- GPU: Retail ATI 9800 Pro, 128MB
- Disk: 128GB Samsung 840 Pro, SATA to ATA adapter
- PSU: 350 watt Antec PP352X
- OS: Windows XP SP3
I believe I can pretty inexpensively upgrade this from a Sempron (Thorton) to an Athlon XP (Barton), double my L2 cache to 512K and bump the CPU clock, but I'm wondering about the FSB.
The manual indicates the board will run at FSBs 200/266/333/400 MHz and I'm currently running at 333 MHz. I think the fastest Socket A CPU I could install is an Athlon XP 3200+ at 2.2 GHz or 2.3 GHz, however, these are pricey since they are the top end.
Instead I'm looking at the Athlon XP 3000+ which are much more reasonable around $25 USD. It comes in two variants, 10.5 x 400 for 2100 MHz, or 13 x 333 for 2167 MHz. My source is Wikipedia.
Is there any reason to get the 333 MHz FSB version? My intuition says to buy the 400 MHz FSB version, install 2GB of 400 MHz (PC-3200) RAM, and have the whole system running at 400 MHz FSB. I could also possibly install an ATI X800 and make a pretty decent 2004 box.
Any thoughts or comments appreciated :)