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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I have a Compaq 5610 with a 350 Pentium II CPU, a 100 MHz bus and 224 MB of RAM. I'd like to upgrade my CPU.

I was thinking a 800 Pentium III. Is that my best low cost option? Maybe a 750 or even 700 would offer the same speed (somewhat) for lower price?

I'd rather not replace my whole motherboard, memory, etc at this time. I use my computer for a wide range of things, from speech recognition, to games, to 3d work.

- - Mike, May 2001

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

As shown on our Pentium-III info page, upgrading to an 800 or 850MHz processor would more than double your system speed. Your challenge will be to find a Slot-1 version of this chip, as they are generally only available in Socket-370 configurations these days.

Your best bet is to search for such out-of-stock items offered by those selling used components.

Note that current pricing on these discontinued processors can range up to around US$350. If you are considering paying this much for a speed upgrade, you might instead consider a low-cost Duron & Socket-A motherboard combination. This would provide the same performance increase, plus allow a longer upgrade path to faster processors in the future.

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