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Fastest CPU available for the K7N2G?

I own the nforce2 K7N2G mobo (about 4-5 years ago) and have the AMD Athlon XP 2600+. I'm looking into getting the fastest possible CPU for it, as the last "umph" for my system before my next major upgrade. Mine is MSI, and on the website it says:

CPU • Supports Socket A for AMD® Athlon(tm)/Athlon(tm) XP/Duron(tm) processors @FSB 200/266/333 • Supports 600MHz up to Athlon(tm) XP 2700+ processor or higher
http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K7N2G-ILSR&class=mb

What does it mean when they say "2700+ processor OR HIGHER"? How can TRULY determine what's the fastest supported-CPU is?

Thanks for your help!
Best,
Anthony

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  • MachEagle Mar 29, 2008

    Thanks for the prompt response TampaNative!

    I agree with your suggestion at upgrading my mobo as well. I do want to ask for further advice on that, but first here are my current specs:

    *nforce2 K7N2G mobo
    *AMD Athlon XP 2600+
    *1GB DDR ram
    *XFX Geforce 7600GT 256MB (AGP card, mobo has no PCI-E)
    *350W power supply... :(

    For a temporary upgrade (that I hope can last me for at least 1 more year), my budget is around $300. Is that enough? If so, what are your suggestions as to which mobo and CPU I should get? After the nforce2 series, I've not been up-to-date on any of the newer generation mobos.. would appreciate any suggestions (like should I go for nforce3, 4, etc. and would they be compatible with my ram?)

    Thanks again in advance for your help.
    Best,
    Anthony

  • MachEagle Mar 29, 2008

    Like for example, would getting something like this be good?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...

  • MachEagle Mar 29, 2008

    Wait, that link was somehow broken, try this:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...

  • MachEagle Mar 29, 2008

    3rd try...

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...

  • MachEagle Mar 29, 2008

    Ok 4th try.. just paste "=3559703" after the link

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Look for socket A processors and ignore the XXXX+ and focus on the XXXXMHz rating (the MoBo's manufacturer's support site will give you the max processor your Board will handle). Since you mention that your MoBo is 4 to 5 years old, you'll probably better serve yourself to replace the MoBo and processor (you'll be able to upgrade to a much better/faster processor by upgrading both, and shouldn't cost that much more), and probably be happier with the result. You may want/need to upgrade your Power supply while you are at it too.

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  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Mar 31, 2008

    Anthony,

    Sorry but I couldn't get anything out of the link even after adding the "=3559703", but don't give up, if you keep trying so will I.

    With a $300.00 budget you should be able to upgrade your tower to be Quick enough for years to come, it just depends what kind of activities you will be tasking it with? You will do well to just shop around and look for bundles/package deals. Don't skimp on cooling (Processor heat sync & fan, case fans, etc...), and get a good power supply too. Again $300.00 should be more than enough but don't forget RAM as your current DDR RAM probably won't be compatible with any new MoBs you may find. So to recap: MoBo, Processor W/heat sync, Power Supply, Fans and RAM. You may even be able to get a new case including Power supply and fans, if you take your time and catch some good Sales while remaining within your budget.

    But, if it's only for one year? Keep it to just what you need and is compatible with the DDR RAM that you already have, as Memory isn't cheap. If you take this route, you should be able to stay way under budget.

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