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By zelahi ·
i have an athlon 550 with the slot A cpu.
was wondering if it is possible to fit a newer chip, may be an xp 200 fsb in the box and still use the same mother board

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by opatzg In reply to retrofit

You'ld need to check your motherboard specs but my initial eraction would be a strong no. I have a duron 900 system and I cannot go beyond an athlon 1400. That is restricted by the motherboard and the power control settings to support newer processors.

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by dustyD In reply to retrofit

Agree, the newer Athlons use socket A, and require more power. Although you could upgrade by using a PCI solution, you would be way ahead by buying a new MB. You would get support for ATA100/133 and with the 200mhz FSB, you would do better to use DDR memory. If you need an economy solution, buy the MB, memory, and proc., use your existing box and HDD with a new power supply. In fact, you could just about buy a new case w/ps for the price of just a ps.

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by TheChas In reply to retrofit

While I have seen adapters use an Intel Socket 370 CPU in an Intel's Slot 1 motherboard, I have not seen any Socket A to slot A adapters.

Even if one was available, you would need a 'custom' BIOS to recognize an Athlon XP CPU.

Since custom BIOS's cost around $70, you are much better off spending the money on a Socket A motherboard.
(I have purchased 'refurbished' socket A boards for under $40.)

In addition to the 200 or 266MHz FSB, a new motherboard will have a faster IDE interface, and a few other enhancements over a Slot A board.

I went from a Slot A 850 MHz to a Socket A 900MHZ, and could not believe how much better the socket A system performed.

Even if you had to spend $100 on a motherboard, it is well worth it to get a newer board for Socket A.

There are still a few Socket A boards that accept PC100 and PC133 SDRAM. If you are on a tight budget, you could reuse your RAM.

2 other things:
Socket A systems really need 300 Watt or larger power supplies.

Very few Socket A boards have ISA slots.

Chas

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