For starters, the computer looks like this:
Athlon XP 2600+
Asus NForce2 A7N8X Deluxe
1 GB CAS-2 Corsair CMX (DDR 400)
ATI Radeon 9500 Pro (AGP obviously)
430 Watt Power Supply (built in with the case).
Now originally I just was going to go for a faster XP CPU until I realized I couldn't really find any on the market. The ones that I did find were ridiculously overpiced compared the single core AMD 64 chips on the market.
So now I'm thinking that I should just upgrade and get a AMD 64 CPU and a new motherboard to go with it. But now I'm stuck between the two socket choices. Do I go for 754 or 939? Honestly I don't know the difference between the two socket types. It was my understanding that socket 939 was essentially made for the X2 line and so it really wouldn't be advantageous to a single core CPU. But I'm not even sure that is correct.
I'm thinking of just buying a 939 just for conviences' sake. The 754 selection of motherboards is relatively limited while 939's are still quite plentiful. But here is my other gripe. My current video card is an AGP and I have yet to find a 939 motherboard on Newegg that can support AGP. And then I'm starting to replace three components which makes it seem a bit daunting to do.
Through some very simple searching I was able to discover this bundle.
Its 754 CPU and a DFI Compatible motherboard. All for $80.99
The motherboard doesn't seem too stellar however, and it also doesn't support AGP.
Now the 939 combo I was looking at is this
An AMD 64 4000+ (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103037) for around 75$. Its the best I can get before going into FX territory, and for 3$ more I get an extra 512kb of L2 cache.
The motherboard I'm looking at is the Asus A8N5X which is around 77$
I'm really not so sure about the motherboard to be honest. It seems like a good, solid contender. But to be honest there are so many manufacturers and so many different types made by each and they honestly all look like the same [bleep] to me. I don't fool around with overclocking and I'm not going to be doing anything super tech elite so I don't need titles like "deluxe" or "extreme" or any of that crap. I just want something that gives good performance. So if anyone has a better suggestion please list it.
But with the 939 upgrade, i'm running around 150$ already. Which I'm quite pleased with, becuase it leaves room for a video-card because most likely i'm going to have to upgrade that. And I'm sure I can find something that will do the job (I'm not looking for mind blowing performance).
Just a few other notes here. I'm really hoping I can keep my RAM, because its performed great all these years. I'm pretty sure I can. But my main concern is the PSU. Will 430 Watts be enough with these new upgrades? I'm really screwed when it comes to that because the case has the PSU built in. So I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping that it will be more than adequate for the the AMD 64 line (and most likely the new video card which I'm still debating on). Also, I'm very new to this whole thing. This would be my first upgrading job ever. I've had some experience with taking out hardware. Well, the most I've ever done was replace the [bleep] fan on the X1900XTX with a better one. Taking out a motherboard and putting in a new one along with a CPU is challenging enough. Upgrading all the BIOS and software and stuff... that is honestly the part that worries me most. I'm very inept when it comes to that stuff. Is getting everything to run smoothly relatively easy to do? Or will I be in over my head?