- Jan 16, 2008
- Richmond, BC, Canada
Hi. I had an old Windows XP System made by Northgate Computers. I believe it was bought around 2004-2006. We've used it off and on but now it was mostly a secondary computer. The windows XP install was original after all this time,and starting to get buggy and glitchy, so I thought I would see if I could upgrade it to Windows 7. It originally had a MSI motherboard but it got switched out to an Asus A7V8X-X when the capacitors went. It has a Radeon X1300 AGP and Windows 7 is using the vista legacy drivers fine. I'm running 1.75GB of Ram and it runs pretty decent with windows 7. Can't use google chrome because the athlon doesn't support SSE2. And using IE and Firefox is pretty slow, so I'm using K-Meleon, and browsing the internet is pretty quick. I have 3 slots on the motherbard for RAM. There is a 256MB stick, a 1GB stick, and 512MB stick. Crucial.com says they're PC2100, but I believe 1 is a PC2100, another one is PC2400 and the 1 GB one is a PC3200. ,and that I could run 3GB of PC2700 or PC3200 Unbuffered Non-EEC ram if I wanted to. This goes against the owners manual from asus which says I could only run 1 stick of a PC3200. I also picked up 3 x 1GB of PC3200 ram off craigslist and stuck it in and the system would not boot. Couldn't get to bios screen. It must have be buffered EEC? So i threw the 3 old sticks back in and it worked. I threw in my 1GB old stick and 1 GB PC3200 new stick but it only recognized 1GB. I wanted to see if I could get windows 8 on it, but the Athlon XP 2500+ doesn't support SSE2,PAE, NX, etc. What would be the best processor I could buy off ebay for this motherboard that would be the fastest and possibly support the SSE2,PAE,NX features? It runs windows 7 but a lot of software requires that now to run (Google Chrome, etc).It's a decent system and I would like to max it out as good as I can! Also, what is the best old AGP video card to find?