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 PostPost subject: Upgrading my CPU        Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:06 am 
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I want to upgrade my CPU from an Athlon XP to an Athlon 64. Is this possible or will I have to get a new computer?

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yes - you'll need a new motherboard


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And new RAM if you go for an AM2 Athlon64 – they (their chipsets, to be precise) use DDR2; AthlonXP CPUs use either SDRAM or DDR. You'll probably also need a new graphics card as the current boards pretty much only support PCIe, and your old system had an AGP slot.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:53 am 
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empireum wrote:
(their chipsets, to be precise)


The Processors to be precise. They have an on-chip memory controller ;)

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Sorry, been out of the AMD world for some time. :oops:


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:57 pm 
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Lol, know how you feel, I haven't been in the Intel world for a long time, and I'm now coming to buy an Intel, I have had a lot of catching up to do :(

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hounsell wrote:
Lol, know how you feel, I haven't been in the Intel world for a long time, and I'm now coming to buy an Intel, I have had a lot of catching up to do :(

More or less the same, I haven't even looked at Intel until recently (been an AMD user for years) until I bought a Core Duo-based Mac, and since then I lost track of the AMD world more or less.


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empireum wrote:
hounsell wrote:
Lol, know how you feel, I haven't been in the Intel world for a long time, and I'm now coming to buy an Intel, I have had a lot of catching up to do :(

More or less the same, I haven't even looked at Intel until recently (been an AMD user for years) until I bought a Core Duo-based Mac, and since then I lost track of the AMD world more or less.

AMD had an onboard memory controller since the first K8, which came out three months after the first PowerMac G5. I don't think you had an Intel Mac back then :wink:

IIRC, Penryn (the next generation of Intel CPUs) will have an onboard memory controller. Current Core 2's are much faster than current Athlons, but even older Athlons have far faster memory access.


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