On 2002-03-29 13:05, Fubar wrote:
Thanks for the great feedback.
Pardon me for not knowing, but what is SiSoft Sandra? Is it software, new hardware?
SiSoft Sandra is an information/benchmarking utility. Download it from: http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/ ... 99,00.html
I'd certainly like to know what my FSB speed is. I had no idea you can essentially overclock your front side bus? Is there any danger to doing so?
There is always danger associated with overclocking, usually from heat (same component running faster than rated == more power consumption == more power dissapated as heat. When you overclock your front side bus (FSB), you will also be overclocking your RAM (which runs at the FSB speed, or some multiple thereof), and oveclocking your processor (which is some multiple of the FSB). A 900MHz Athlon runs on a 100MHz/200MHz DDR FSB. This means your SDRAM ir running at 1 X's 100MHz FSB = 100MHz SDRAM, and your CPU is running at 9 X's 100MHz FSB = 900MHz. If you increase your FSB by 10MHz to 110MHz/220MHz DDR, your SDRAM will be at 110MHz, and your CPU at 990MHz.
Also, if I were to buy a faster processor, say a 1.6 Athlon, would it have problems on my older motherboard? I've been thinking about upgrading the mobo anyway and am curious as to what might be the best way to go. Any suggestions?
No, it won't fit, for one thing. A classic Athlon is packaged in an SECC Slot A cartridge. Newer Athlons are socketed (428 pin Socket A to be precise). Also, the core voltage requirements of new Athlons are different, and the data signally is different as well. If you want a new CPU, you need a new motherboard (well, you might be able to find a 1000MHz Slot A Athlon on eBay, but the 100MHz difference wouldn't be worth the shipping, much less the actual price of the CPU).
Also, where can I go to find tweaks to my settings for Unreal Tournament or Half-Life to get better performance?
Again, thanks for taking the time to help. I'm somewhat of a newbie to the gaming world and am still learing the components of my PC.
I'll leave the game tweaking questions to others, you might want to try re-posting that bit in the Gaming forum.