computer upgrade

i've a good old PII 233 (Slot 1) and now it is a bit slow in running photoshop.

just wondering what sort of hardware should i upgrade to and be economic.  i'm thinking of just upgrading the CPU, however, the Mother board (ASUS P2L97) only support upto 333MHz.  which is not really the speed i'm looking at.  But in ASUS homepage, it is stated that Celeron 466 is supported.  When i check Intel page, Celeron seems to be (socket 370).  

I don't really want to upgrade my MB, not just for celeron anyway.
but i don't think upgrading to PIII justify my situation either.

Any idea/suggestion?
roylamAsked:
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SiemieniukConnect With a Mentor Commented:
roylam.

Two things you should consider before upgrading your processor.  RAM and your Video Card.

The cheapest way to upgrade right off of the bat would be your Video card (depending on what you already have).  If you have around a 4 meg card, an upgrade would be in order.  

RAM would be second.  When you buy it, be sure you purchase 100 MHZ or 133 MHZ ram, so that you can use it in your future purchase of a computer when this one goes out of style :)

Lastly, look at your processor.  Yes, the Celery 466 is socket 370, but as the others said, there are adapter cards that will allow you to use a 370 chip in a Socket 1 slot.  

I have used these myself, and they work very well.  The one I used was from ASUS and because of your board, check that one out first.

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satwaCommented:
There is a special adapter that you can buy that plugs into the
slot 1 on the ASUS Motherboard, and on this adapter is the socket for the 370.  If you are interested in this type of upgrade
post here and I will supply you with part number and ordering info.
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1cellCommented:
generally speaking, the best way to speed up your computer is RAM RAM RAM.  Now, having said that, your processor is going to speed up rendering like with photoshop and such to a degree.  I use a Celeron 300A (slot 1) overclocked to 450 and it does great with these types of programs as well as gaming with only 64MB of RAM.  I guess what I'm saying is this.  To generally speed up the computer, add more RAM.  In addition, to help with rendering times, upgrade the processor.  

Satwa is correct about the socket 370 adapter and I've heard good reviews on their stability.  However, you can still get slot one processors and I would go that route while you still can.
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1cellCommented:
generally speaking, the best way to speed up your computer is RAM RAM RAM.  Now, having said that, your processor is going to speed up rendering like with photoshop and such to a degree.  I use a Celeron 300A (slot 1) overclocked to 450 and it does great with these types of programs as well as gaming with only 64MB of RAM.  I guess what I'm saying is this.  To generally speed up the computer, add more RAM.  In addition, to help with rendering times, upgrade the processor.  

Satwa is correct about the socket 370 adapter and I've heard good reviews on their stability.  However, you can still get slot one processors and I would go that route while you still can.
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1cellCommented:
oops, sorry bout that
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roylamAuthor Commented:
currently, i've 128Mb of RAM, which is in the follow categories:
2 32Mb - 66MHz
1 64 - 100MHz

i'm planning to get rid of the 66MHz and get another 128Mb 100MHz.
but would it really change that much?? since when i check my memory usage, it seems like there is always a 20Mb of free physical lying around not used even when photoshop is in use.  this is why i'm looking into the CPU instead.

so which brand of adapter would you recommend?
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roylamAuthor Commented:
btw, i'm using diamond viper 330 at the moment,
would it change much in terms of performance if i upgrade to viper 770 (which is something i can really afford).  

but anyway, most of my usage are work related (mostly webpage publishing).  i open upto 20 windows at a time. eg. 5 netscape, a few dreamweaver, photoshop, illustrator, winamp etc.

actually, i'm thinking of upgrading my harddisk (i've Qtum Fireball 6.4 GB) as well.  would it be worth investing on a scsi harddisk in my case?
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satwaCommented:
In your case I would stick with EIDE Hard Disk and the Diamond Viper 330, as you seem to be having good performance, judging by your comments.
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1cellCommented:
if you want to spend money on a graphics card to free up your system, go with the geforce chipset cards coming out.  Thye're about $300 bucks but run completely independant from your ram and cpu and will definately speed things up.

Also, as for RAM, what OS are you on?  If you're on 98, you might not want to go above 128MB of RAM
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roylamAuthor Commented:
1cell,

what's wrong with more than 128 Mb ram in win98
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1cellCommented:
in a lot of cases, I have seen more than 128 MB of RAM actually slow down Win98 due to excessive paging and believe it or not, incredibly large swap files.  I have seen it work fine sometimes but really, if I was going over 128MB of RAM, I'd go with NT for the memory manager.
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