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    I'm looking to get a new processor, a top notch one, but I don't know if it is possible to replace the current one. Does anyone know if you can?
    Also, can you replace a processor yourself or do you have to get a specialist to do it?
    Can I get any new processor or is the choice limited by the motherboard I have?
    And one more thing, I also intend to buy more RAM but my computer says 256MB MAX. It has probably already been mentioned somewhere but I want to know what would happen if I exceeded the maximum amount. Would the excess RAM not work or would it work perfectly fine as if there was no limitation?
    Thankyou.

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    Providing your pc specs would help determine what you are capable of upgrading too.

    Changing a cpu is really not to difficult and would probably take around 3-5 minutes to remove/install. Most current mobo's have the auto cpu config that does the work for you vs. setting jumpers. Of course change out times could vary based on someone who has done it vs. not at all.

    Adding more memory to a limited mobo is not worth the effort. May not be recognized anyway. Better to upgrade type persay from say pc100 - pc133 to DDR if allowable.

    More spec info will get more responses.
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    u can still get fast cpus for under $100 online.

    Amd Althon XP 2400 2.0ghz $75
    Pentium 4 1.8GHz Sock 478 $62

    check http://www.pricewatch.com/

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    I sincerely doubt your motherboard can handle a good chip if it can only cope with 256Mb ram.
    Your mobo is really gonna limit u, u can't exceed any of its specs so what it lists for max processor speed, ram quantity and speed those are ur limits. If u've got the money upgrade the mobo along with processor, ram and graphics card.
    As cornerpocket said, specs/model would give us a better idea

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    256MB RAM MAX
    20GB HD
    3 Serial Ports
    Intel Something Graphics Card (Not compat. with XP)
    Came with Windows ME but upgraded to XP
    Intel Celeron Processor
    Serial to USB hub using a serial port
    56K Modem but use external 150K Cable Modem

    That's all I can think of.

    EDIT: In £, how much do you think my PC would be worth. I know that there isn't much info to go by, but I can't remember the full spec.

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    Originally posted by Penis Monkey@3 July 2003 - 10:37
    256MB RAM MAX
    20GB HD
    3 Serial Ports
    Intel Something Graphics Card (Not compat. with XP)
    Came with Windows ME but upgraded to XP
    Intel Celeron Processor
    Serial to USB hub using a serial port
    56K Modem but use external 150K Cable Modem

    That's all I can think of.
    Getting closer, try using Belarc. Gives a detailed report of system specs. Need to know what Celeron processor speed you currently have, memory type (we see that it is 256MB) and mobo type. After that more details can be provided.
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    Contact your PC manufacturer, or if you can find the brand and model number of your motherboard you may be able to find the upgrade info online.

    You can get pretty cheap processors here, but I'm not sure if they ship to Europe. If your motherboard can't handle the upgrade, you might want to consider one of their 'Barebones' systems...

    http://www.pcdirect.com/cats.asp?CatID=60

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    Here you go, finally.

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    TriGem Computer, Inc. Emachines 100
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    Main Circuit Board b
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    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    128 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    Board: TriGem Computer, Inc. TriGem System Board
    Bus Clock: 66 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies LTD Version 1.02 01/09/2001
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    ST320413A [Hard drive] (20.02 GB) -- drive 0

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    Okay looks like you have a Emachine computer. Could either be a eTower 733i (US version) or eMachine (UK version).

    Take a look at the tower see if you have a model number on the front. Then go to the Unofficial eMachine Help Site. Tons of good info related to your type of machine. Once you get the model number, you should have no issue finding upgrade info. You may also want to upgrade any board drivers and Bios, once pinpointed.

    On the site to the left is Motherboards (How To & Reference), click to help identify yours once you have the pc model number.

    To the right is Max Cpu Support

    Think you will find that site very useful.
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    Thankyou very much for your concern. I am very grateful of your help.
    Again, thankyou.

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