ASUS A7N8X-E Motherboard
I read the below today on my hardmac.com RSS feed
[AMD] is now offering the cheapest desktop 3.0GHz dual core processor (3600+) for US$73. By cutting prices, AMD intend to compete with Intel for desktop CPU
I realized that, if I could buy that CPU and plug it into my existing motherboards, I would be spending 3x$75 today, no problem.
We have 3 machines with AMD Athlon 2400 chips in them that could do with a speed boost.
However, they are all “Socket-A” motherboards, and the current CPUs from AMD won’t work on them;
they require “AM2” sockets on their motherboards.
Not only that, but the new motherboards use a different kind of video card (PCIe) from the ones we have (AGP).
Our RAM (400 MHz DDR1) is also no good. We need Dual-Channel 533 MHz DDR2.
So, to upgrade the CPU I would have to buy:
- $200 – a new motherboard
- $200 – new memory
- $200 – new video card
- $75 – new CPU
The prices are rough estimates, based on what I usually end up getting.
There are cheaper motherboards, cheaper and more expensive video cards, but that would be the ballpark.
So my $75 upgrade turns into a $675 new machine.
So no, I’m not going to upgrade any time soon.
Let this be a lesson â€” to AMD, at least.