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I need to upgrade my system if possible to run Sims 2, which requires as a minimum to run on xp, with a 800 Mhtz Processor, 256ram, 32mb tgl Video card.(Whats this?)
My system is on XP, with AMD Duron Processor 600Mhtz, 320 ram. Cannot find any refernce to a video card but a S3 Graphics card is listed. Is it possible to safely have fitted a faster processor and what else?
The PC is four years old and I do not really want to buy new but seem to be left with little choice. Any advice appreciated. Thanks. Tez.

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We would need to know the exact make and model of your motherboard to definitively answer your question. Also- S3 makes a wide variety of graphics chips, so specifics on that would be needed as well.

If you don't know the above information, there's a great freeware program called Everest which will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about your system.

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Thanks. Downloaded Everest and must admit I don't understand most of it! Anyway hope the following helps.....


Computer:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

OS Service Pack Service Pack 2

DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard:

CPU Type AMD Duron, 600 MHz (6 x 100)

Motherboard Name AOpen MK33 (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 SDR DIMM, Audio)

Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8363 Apollo KT133

System Memory 320 MB (PC133 SDRAM)

BIOS Type Award Modular (11/06/00)

Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)

Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:

Video Adapter S3 Graphics Inc. Savage4 (8 MB)

3D Accelerator S3 Savage4

Monitor Proview 772 [17" CRT] (1230165598)

Multimedia:

Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Audio Controller [H]

Storage:

IDE Controller M-Systems DiskOnChip 2000

IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller

Partitions:

C: (FAT32) 17123 MB (7855 MB free)

D: (FAT32) 8769 MB (1783 MB free)

Total Size 25892 MB (9638 MB free)

System Properties:

Manufacturer IBM

Product 228412G

Version S21M

Serial Number ABB7VH9

Wake-Up Type Power Switch

[ Motherboard ]

Motherboard Properties:

Manufacturer IBM

Product S21M

Version -1

[ Chassis ]

Chassis Properties:

Manufacturer Acer

Chassis Type Tower

Processor Properties:

Manufacturer AMD

Version AMD Duron(tm)

External Clock 100 MHz

Maximum Clock 1000 MHz

Current Clock 600 MHz

Type Central Processor

Voltage 3.3 V

Status Enabled

Socket Designation Socket A

Cache Properties:

Type Internal

Status Enabled

Operational Mode Write-Back

Maximum Size 64 KB

Installed Size 64 KB

Supported SRAM Type Synchronous

Current SRAM Type Synchronous

Socket Designation Internal Cache

CPU Properties:

CPU Type AMD Duron

CPU Alias Spitfire, Athlon Lite

CPU Stepping A0

CPUID CPU Name AMD Duron(tm) Processor

CPUID Revision 00000630h

CPU Speed:

CPU Clock 600.94 MHz

CPU Multiplier 6.0x

CPU FSB 100.16 MHz (original: 100 MHz)

Memory Bus 133.54 MHz

CPU Cache:

L1 Code Cache 64 KB

L1 Data Cache 64 KB

L2 Cache 64 KB (On-Die, Full-Speed)

Motherboard Properties:

Motherboard ID 11/06/2000-8363-686A-6A6LMAW9C-00

Motherboard Name AOpen MK33 (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 SDR DIMM, Audio)

Chipset Properties:

Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8363 Apollo KT133

Memory Timings 3-3-3-6 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

SPD Memory Modules:

DIMM2: Hyundai 7V63801BTFG-75 64 MB PC133 SDRAM (3.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz) (2.0-2-2-5 @ 100 MHz)

DIMM3: Micron Tech. 16LSDT3264AG-133E3 256 MB PC133 SDRAM (3.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz) (2.0-2-2-5 @ 100 MHz)

BIOS Properties:

System BIOS Date 11/06/00

Video BIOS Date 02/04/00

Award BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG

Award BIOS Message S21MR02-C0

DMI BIOS Version S21M-C0

Graphics Processor Properties:

Video Adapter Diamond Stealth III S520

GPU Code Name Savage4 (AGP 4x 5333 / 8A22, Rev 04)

GPU Clock 100 MHz

Memory Clock 125 MHz

Temperatures:

Motherboard 29 °C (84 °F)

CPU 30 °C (86 °F)

Aux 23 °C (73 °F)

Seagate ST320014A 33 °C (91 °F)

Cooling Fans:

CPU 5400 RPM

CPU Properties:

CPU Type AMD Duron, 600 MHz (6 x 100)

CPU Alias Spitfire, Athlon Lite

CPU Stepping A0

Instruction Set x86, MMX, 3DNow!

L1 Code Cache 64 KB

L1 Data Cache 64 KB

L2 Cache 64 KB (On-Die, Full-Speed)

CPU Physical Info:

Package Type 453 Pin PGA

Package Size 4.95 cm x 4.95 cm

Transistors 25 million

Process Technology 6Mi, 0.18 um, CMOS

Die Size 100 mm2

Core Voltage 1.6 V

I/O Voltage 1.6 V

Typical Power 24.5 - 37.2 W (depending on clock speed)

Maximum Power 27.4 - 41.5 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Properties:

CPU Type AMD Duron, 600 MHz (6 x 100)

CPU Alias Spitfire, Athlon Lite

CPU Stepping A0

Instruction Set x86, MMX, 3DNow!

L1 Code Cache 64 KB

L1 Data Cache 64 KB

L2 Cache 64 KB (On-Die, Full-Speed)

CPU Physical Info:

Package Type 453 Pin PGA

Package Size 4.95 cm x 4.95 cm

Transistors 25 million

Process Technology 6Mi, 0.18 um, CMOS

Die Size 100 mm2

Core Voltage 1.6 V

I/O Voltage 1.6 V

Typical Power 24.5 - 37.2 W (depending on clock speed)

Maximum Power 27.4 - 41.5 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Manufacturer:

Company Name Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Product Information http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118,00.html

Physical Memory:

Total 319 MB

Used 266 MB

Free 53 MB

Utilization 83 %

Swap Space:

Total 774 MB

Used 261 MB

Free 513 MB

Utilization 34 %

Virtual Memory:

Total 1093 MB

Used 527 MB

Free 566 MB

Utilization 48 %

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