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By bigrocstudd ·
Hi, I have an IBM Aptiva computer with a 350 Mhz pentium II processor. Is possible and cost effective to just upgrade that processor.

Thanks for the help!!!

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by TheChas In reply to Should I upgrade my proce ...

I would need to know which model Aptiva you have to verify if you can install a faster processor.

But, I can make a few generalized comments.

You are likely limited to either a PII or a Celeron processor.
Your maximum CPU clock is apt to be 450 or 500 MHz. Possibly 600 MHz for a Celeron.

I would wait until you are ready to upgrade the system.
Why? At best, if you double the CPU speed, you will see a 25% improvement in performance.
With a new system / motherboard, you will improve the whole system, and likely see a doubleing of performance.

If you are looking for a boost in perfromance, the 2 most effective are to;
Increase memory (but stay below 511MB for a Win 9X system)
Clean up your hard drive and system registry.

Clean out the windows\temp folder, and your temporary internet folder.
Run scandisk and defreg.
Use a registry cleaning utility.

In fact, many of the TR members recommend that you wipe the hard drive, and re-install all software every year or so.
Windows just builds up so much bloat over time that it can really slow your system down.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Should I upgrade my proce ...

There is a possibility that the IBM Aptiva cannot be upgraded with a new processor,it was built with the Power Supply and Motherboard to conform to that particular Processor only

Check the motheboard manufactuer or the manual to determine if the upgrade is possible.

Reference the number in the lower left corner and note the motherboard P/N,which you will see on screen at startup,this will apply to the bios manufacturer in the upper left corner also for upgrade info

Refer. these sites
1)www.abcd.com.au/products/upgrades.htm
2)www.thetechzone.com/pcbuyersguide/solutions/
You can contact these manufacturers by phone using a toll free number and get processor upgrade info
1)www.kingston.com
2)www.evertech.com

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by cvjack In reply to Should I upgrade my proce ...

Possible but definitely NOT cost effective. It's obviously a 100Mhz motherboard so the fastest processor you can upgrade to is a 400 - maybe 450. But, with either, you wouldn't even notice the difference in speed. You also can't replace the motherboard with a newer faster one because it's an IBM=proprietary.

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by bigrocstudd In reply to Should I upgrade my proce ...

I really need ed to know whether I could save myself some money by buying a new motherboard/processor instead of buying a whole new computer.

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