Hello hope you can help i have a msi 645e max mother board pentium 4 at the moment i have a 1.6ghz p4 socket 478 cpu but want to know if i can use a 3ghz p4 socket 478
as the manual i have only states upto 2.2ghz about not yet tested ? but the board is about 2 years old so im hopeing its been tested with a higher chip now
if you can help please email me
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Re: msi 654e max atx mother board
If your manual states a max of 2.2GHZ then, take it as that, when your board was made the bios and bus speeds would be set at the maximum to run a 2.2GHZ, not a 3GHZ, also the heat sink and fan may not be enough to cool the processor.
The only way that a 3GHZ would run was if you updated the bios and personally i would not recommend it.
You would be better advised updating the board and processor as a package ot fitting more memory if the pc is not used for gaming or high end video editing.
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A good motherboard with an AGP 8X slot, if you can find one. The board should be ATX rather than micro atx, the full size boards are usually better running. It should take 4gb of ddr, hopefully pc3200.
Add a Northwood CPU, a fast one. A good socket 478 cooler.
DDR3200, this is fairly cheap on Ebay new. A good AGP card, maybe a geforce 3 or 4. A large IDE hard disk. ribbon cables. Maybe a floppy drive. DVD RW DRIVE. P4 PSU....350 WATSS AT LEAST.
LATER P4 478 CHIPS HAD 1MB CACHE RATHER THAN THE NORTHWOOD'S 512K CACHE BUT THEY RAN HOT AND NEEDED VERY GOOD COOLING GENERALLY, THEY ARE BEST AVOIDED IN MY OPINION.
you cannot upgrade it since it is a socket 478 board (Intel 845), the highest you can go is a 2.6Ghz Pentium 4 (I have one somewhere I think). You can upgrade the memory if you can find the stick for it (DDR1 266Mhz).
For an ASUS P4BGL-VM Intel 845GL Chipset Ultra ATA100 MATX CPU Type: Intel Pentium 4 478-Pin (OEM), the Asus site specifies max of 2 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 2GB PC2100 / PC1600 non-ECC DDR or SDRAM memory but not "and".
Personally, I find it more practical to install 2 X 1Gb rather than a single 2Gb.
Hope this gives you some idea. Kind regards.