Re: looking for the best/fastest processor for this board
I'm running a Model: 8 Athlon XP Socket: A
Clock Speed: 2.0 FSB Speed: 266 Core: Throughbred Cache: L1/128 L2/256. I think you have to stick with 266mhz front side bus, using the Throughbred Core. I'm not 100% but there are a lot for sle on ebay not too expensive.
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If ASUS says that is the fastest that will work on the board, then they should know. Incidentally processors don't run at 95 volts although some run at a power consumption of 95 watts. Besides there is not a faster AM2 CPU than the one you mention.
I'm not sure I understand exactly what you are asking. You can find the motherboard specifications at the manufacturer's website, and they will list what processors the board supports, and how much of what sort of RAM can be installed.
The "best" processor depends on what you want to use the computer for. You don't necessarily need the fastest processor or the one with the most cores just because the motherboard can use it. Putting in a processor like that won't hurt, but you might be spending extra money, using extra power and generating extra heat for no good reason. (It's like spending money on a high-performance sportscar when all you do is a little city driving.) Also, if you're installing a new motherboard in a case as an upgrade, the power supply might be undersized for some high-powered processors.
When installing RAM, you're best off putting in as much RAM as the board can support (or the maximum your operating system can handle), and using the fastest supported speed. This will let your operating system work most efficiently. Spending a little less on the processor and more on the memory is a good tradeoff.
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It is impossible to fry a motherboard by using the wrong processor, the board simply won't post. You can use a chart at the ECS website, your motherboard is a Socket A type. Looks like the fastest processor that they have tested is a Athlon XP 3000+.
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.