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Old 12-26-00, 01:41 PM
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I am thinking of upgrading my gf's system. Currently, she is running on a Pentium Pro 200 mhz Gateway, that I gave her a year ago. I'd like to upgrade her processor first and work from there. What is the opinion of "the experts" on the AMD Duron (I saw a 700 mhz for $76 at buy.com), Athlon vs. the Pentium III (besides price of course). How can these AMD's be so cheap? There must be a catch, no? Thanks in advance for the advice.
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quote:<HR>Originally posted by VinVega:
I am thinking of upgrading my gf's system. Currently, she is running on a Pentium Pro 200 mhz Gateway,
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Gateway ? yeeeeetch get rid of it

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I'd like to upgrade her processor first and work from there.

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if the machine is currently a pentium pro, you are not going to be able to just upgrade the processor. Get her a new machine.

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What is the opinion of "the experts" on the AMD Duron (I saw a 700 mhz for $76 at buy.com), Athlon vs. the Pentium III (besides price of course). How can these AMD's be so cheap? There must be a catch, no?

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no catch, AMD just doesn't care to earn a profit. I won't start another battle.

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quote:<HR>if the machine is currently a pentium pro, you are not going to be able to just upgrade the processor. Get her a new machine.<HR>


Yeah, I kinda figured, but I never checked to see what motherboard was in there. What about purchasing a new motherboard and building the system that way? I have a site for cheap RAM and I could always canibalize the HD and I have an extra 48x CD-ROM lying around, the modem is fairly new as well, and the power supply and case are in working order. It seems silly to throw all that away. I'm semi-poor right now and don't think I can shell out the $800 that a new system will likely cost.
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Gateway pentium pro???????? Is it ATX style? If so you could easily stick a motherboard, processor, ram combo into it for a little boost. If it is AT style then you will to get a special motherboard.

How much do you want to spend total?
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There actually is a plug-in replacement to upgrade the CPU. This company, Power Leap adapts Celerons to plug into socket 8 systems. I haven't used it myself, but a friend actually has two of these in a dual configuration on an old Intel Providence MB. He's been quite happy with them.

If your system is on their compatibility list, it might not be a bad way to go if you want a simple upgrade.

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