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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I have a HP Pavilion 3260 desktop. It currently has a 'card' that plugs into the motherboard that houses the 2 ISA slots and 1 PCI slot. I want to change the motherboard to something that has an AGP slot in it. On this 'card', the 3D card is in along with the fax card, then it sits vertically in the motherboard.

I know it sounds funny. Any suggestions? (other than buying a new computer).

- - Jay, August 1999

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

Unfortunately, I do not have much good (read 'cheap') upgrade news for you...

The HP 3260 ships with a Pentium-200MMX CPU, which is directly upgradeable at most to the 233 version using your current motherboard. This is the limit of your CPU upgrade options, due to the 66MHz bus speed limit of the motherboard, unless you wish to consider a third-party CPU upgrade.

Your motherboard upgrade options are even more limited. You will not likely be able to swap in a standard size (ATX or even Baby AT form factor) motherboard to get one with a higher bus speed capability, let alone an AGP slot. Still, check with your local HP dealer for advice regarding just what size of motherboard will fit in your case. I have my doubts there will be many options, though.

Happy computer hunting... ;)

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