I wanted to upgrade my current machine, and usually the best way to do it is by getting a new processor. Being that I already had an Athlon processor (1.2 GHz T-bird) I wanted something that would be compatible with my motherboard.
After reading a few reviews and comparing prices I decided that the Athlon 2500XP was the one that had the best price/performance ratio.
Here are the specs:
-Operating Frequency: 1.83GHz
-Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/512K
-Socket: Socket A
-Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, 3DNOW!
Installation was not too difficult, I just placed the CPU in the socked and locked it. Setting the stock fan on top was a little trick because space was tight, but after a few tries It worked. Make sure you connect the power cable that comes with the fan, if you don't the processor will burn.
Overall this has been a great upgrade. My system runs smooth, applications like Photoshop and Dreamweaver load much faster than they did before. But for gaming is where this processor really shines, you can play all the latest and greatest games as long as you have enough RAM and a good Video Card.
If you are into overclocking this processor will not let you down, it can run stable at speeds up to 2.20 Ghz with an aftermarket cooler.
The prices of processors in general go down every few weeks, but as of right now it can be found for £58.
I`ve built myself a few PC`s over the years, and i`ve always gone for processors from AMD. They tend to be cheaper and morepowerful than comparable processors from Intel. Anyway, the last machine I built, I put in an Athlon XP 2500+ processor, since it was the cheapest "fast" processor I could find that had a good degree of overclocking ability in it. I installed the processor, which was relatively simple, and turned on the machine. I had upgraded from an Athlon 1.4GHz, so the speed difference was noticible right from the very start. I am extremely impressed with the extra speed ofthis processor - although it only runs about 600 MHz faster than my last processor, it runs the computing intensive software that I use regularly about twice as quickly. Not all of that is down to the processor of course - I upgraded the motherboard as well as putting more (and faster) RAM in the machine, but the overall speed increase is much better than I had originally hoped for. After playing with the machine for a little bit, I decided to try voerclocking it. I started off by overclocking it (this means making it run faster than it was originally dsigned to do) to the same speed as what was then AMD`s top of the range chip - the 3200+. it ran perfectly stabley, and was only running a few degrees warmer than when it was running at its original speed. As usual, there was one poblem fitting the processor. Well, fitting the processor wassimple enough - it was fitting the heat sink that annoys me. It takes a LOT of force to properly fit the heatsink onto the clips provided on he motherboard - 35 pounds of force rings a bell from the instructions, and sounds about right. This is done by pressing down very hard on the motherboard through the heat sink, and alwys makes me think that I`m going to snap the motherboard in half - which would be a very expensive mistake to make. Make sure you do this on a hard flat surface with some padding behind th
e motherboard to support it as well as you can. Don`t try overclocking your machine if you don`t know what you are doing. if you want to give it a try though, then the Athlon XP 2500+ comes very highly reccomended by me. I can`t promise that your one will overclock anywhere near as well as mine did, but if you get one as good as mine, you`ll be very impressed and have gotten yourself a bargain!