Please don't laugh.
So here's the story. I'm running on a (quite) old machine, running a 667 Mhz (Coppermine) Pentium 3 (133 Mhz FSB) CPU, and this is getting somehow too slow for me (indeed). I tought about buying a completely new system, but i don't feel like i really need it (i'll wait another 1 or 2 years before doing so, and i'll switch to Windows Vista (and maybe some Linux distro, i'll have to check this out) at the same time). So, i looked a bit around, and i'm now thinking about buying something like a 1000 Mhz (Coppermine) Pentium 3 (133 Mhz FSB) CPU, which is the fastest processor my (old) motherboard can support. I believe this would make some difference and believe this would be somehow a good "bang for the buck" upgrade (since i guess i could find one for something like 5$).
I never did those kind of thing (upgrading a CPU). The only thing i did as to computer upgrades is adding memory (which is quite simple between you and me) and adding a HDD. I'm far from being a computer hardware expert. I read some stuff on the internet and i have to say upgrading CPU doesn't look really mean either. My biggest concerns are:
- Should i buy a new fan for the 1000 Mhz CPU or the old one should be just fine ? And by fine i mean, may the new CPU run too hot (since the CPU package will be identical, it's not a fitting question) ? I currently don't have the number as how hot is running my CPU..
- How careful do i have to be regarding of static electricity when installing the new CPU ?
- Is there anything else i would need to know ?
Here's my motherboard spec.
Here's the P3 support page from intel.
Any constructive comments will be appreciated.