Originally posted by: tjkthomas
I have a client who needs to do a low cost CPU upgrade.
The PC has a SiS730 shipset motherboard with a Duron 1.1 GHz processor and 256mb of PC133 memory.
How fast can I go on a replacement CPU?
That would probably mean a very expensive upgrade today to keep staying on skt A. Have you suggested to go for an AM2 motherboard with Sempron CPU (cheapest 64bit CPU from AMD = Duron 32 bit type). Some cheap memory from a well known brand around 512 MB mini or 1024 MB (2 x 512 Mb for dual channel mode),
There are MB with integrated videocards, but do suggest to get MB with PCI express in any case as that will make it possible to upgrade with a real videocard and off load memory to other tasks.
I had myself a Duron 900 MHz and VIA chipset and that run well until now. As you can see from my signature I have done the jump to the older skt 754 (single channel) with an Athlon64 CPU with a rather high speed (2400 MHz). That change how I can do things and how fast it feels.
Try to explain to your client that more speed really does matter even if you only use your computer for basic tasks and 64 bit are much faster when it is used with a 64 bit OS.
Today videocards can offload some video task like decode/encode HD TV, Divx, WMV and other video standards to watch movies. That will help to run smother and faster most video task and to get more out of you hardware. That is also why I recommend to at least have PCI express
videocard availible as onboard video are just a mini solution.
Abit AT8-32X (Xpress3200)/Athlon64 X2 4200+@stock/Corsair VS 2GB/Samsung SATA II 2x 250 GB/Club3D X1950XT GDDR3 256MB+ PowerColor Theatre 550 pro (PCIe x1)