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 11/25/2003 05:11 AM
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My current processor is x86 Family 5 Model 8 Stepping 12 AuthenticAMD ~449Mhz. I want to upgrade my system and I am looking to buy the new AMD processor. I have heard about AMD Athlon FX-51 but I am not sure if its the latest AMD processor. I also wanted to know about the system requirements. My OS is Win 2000 Pro. Please help!
 11/25/2003 05:27 AM
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The AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 is currently the latest and highest performing AMD processor.
You will need a Socket 940 motherboard and two sticks of PC3200 registered DDR-SDRAM for this CPU. It'll run fine with Win 2000 pro for now.

The A64 FX is targeted at enthusiasts who want the highest performing processor available, therefore it is pretty expensive.
If money is an issue, i would recommend you look at the Athlon 64 3200+ or the Athlon XP-line.

ANY current Athlon XP/64/64FX CPU will give you a huge increase in performance compared to your current system.
Also, you will need a new motherboard and new RAM to run any modern CPU.

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The new AMD offering is indeed the Athlon FX51 - you will need to get registered memory and a motherboard designed for the Athlon FX51. It is a Socket 940 processor.

You could go for an Athlon 64 - which is also 64 bit (but also 32 bit) and is based on Socket 754 chipset. These 2 new processors require you to get a new motherboard. The Athlon 64 does not require registered memory, but also needs at least DDR400 memory to justify it's processing power.

Windows 2000 will work fine with the new processors. It will run at 32 bits for now - and later you can get a 64 bit OS to run on it.

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QUOTE (bro_usman @ Nov 25 2003, 02:11 AM)My current processor is x86 Family 5 Model 8 Stepping 12 AuthenticAMD ~449Mhz. I want to upgrade my system and I am looking to buy the new AMD processor. I have heard about AMD Athlon FX-51 but I am not sure if its the latest AMD processor. I also wanted to know about the system requirements. My OS is Win 2000 Pro. Please help! 
Hi,


What do you mean by "upgrade my system"

1. Get a complelely new system
2. Change some bits of your existing system to improve it's performance.

Because changing some bits is not a good idea... Even if you can find compatible parts, every change yo make will force you to change something else to recive the benefit, or even to get it to work at all.

"New wine into old bottles"

So your choices are:

1. Stick with what you have
2. Get a completely new system.


If you want to get a completely new system, then let us know what you want to do with it; and broadly how much you are willing to spend.

But there are two options that make sense.

1. Something based on an XP2500 and the nForce2 chipset for a quick modern system at a very reasonable price.
2. AMD64, for a lot more $$$, if you want to be the fastest kid on the block.



Peter
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