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ChaosCross

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okay heres some background.
I love that game morrowind and i like making mods for it. i have an emchines here is the motherboard specs.
motherboard:
Board: Intel Corporation
Serial Number: TGSR44006508
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. SR84510A.46T.0012.P05.0408182053 08/18/2004

processor:
2.67 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache

memory:
248 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J6G1' has 256 MB (serial number F203626D)
Slot 'J6G2' is Empty

okay so now im wondering because im not sure how to find these things out:
1. Is it possible to upgrade?
2. How do i know if its 478 socket or 775?
3. once 2 is answered how do i make it go faster
4. since i have ddr sdram is it possible to go to ddr2?

im still learning and its always nice to get help from a forum.
any input is appreciated.....
p.s if any additional information is needed plz let me know.
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Neil Jones

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eMachines upgradability = unlikely.

1) Yes but not by very much, this machine doesn't even add an AGP port on it (big brown connector in the middle of the board).

2) This machine has a Celeron processor so it will therefore be a Socket 478.

3) You find the machine on eMachines' website and it should tell you there how fast the processor can go. Probably not a lot higher in all honesty. You'd be better off sticking more memory in it. In theory a full-blown Pentium 4 (socket 478) should work in it.

4) DDR2 is an entirely separate technology to DDR and it's not possible to use DDR2 in a DDR board.

Edited by Neil Jones, 04 August 2006 - 03:04 AM.

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so then i could add a faster processor and maybe a gig or two more ram? will that make it better?
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I think the best bang for your buck will be pulling out the existing RAM and putting in 2X512M sticks. You can get it for under $100 and it will be a huge speed upgrade over your current 256M.

Here is a link to some RAM that SHOULD work with your mobo:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820136118

Make sure you confirm that it is compatible first. Good luck.

Edited by kidnova, 04 August 2006 - 10:31 AM.

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on the case it sayd ddr sdram but when i opened up the computer and looked at the ram it said ddr and it was from samsung
also ive noticed i have 3 pci slots
1) what are those
2) will a
Intel Celeron D 350 3.20GHz / 256KB Cache / 533 FSB / OEM / Socket 478 / Processor work?
30 and i plan on adding a gig is that really a big diff
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1) PCI slots are for adding extra functionality - so you could add, for example, firewire capabilities to your computer, or the ability to watch TV on your computer.

2) It should be able to (in theory), but why replace a Celeron with a Celeron? They're not very good processors so just adding a few hundred onto the clock speed doesn't really make a lot of difference.

3) The memory will make a big difference. Best thing to do is look up your machine on crucial.com and it'll tell you there whether it can take a gig of memory or not. From there you can buy some stuff that it'll like. eMachines can be quite fussy about the memory you give them.
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