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Motherboard CPU Support

I have a computer with a Soyo SY-K7VTA motherboard.  I want to put a new CPU on it, but I haven't been able to find a 1.2GHz Athlon Thunderbird CPU in the price range I want.  But I have found a 1.33GHz thunderbird for a good price.  Can I put the 1.33GHz CPU on the motherboard, just that it would run at 1.2GHz?
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simpswrCommented:
It should take it as long as the new processor is a T-bird . . will likely run at the processor speed.
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Crash2100Author Commented:
It's a thunderbird, I've been looking at a few on ebay.
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arthurjbCommented:
Here is a link to a good description of your motherboard;
http://www.active-hardware.com/english/reviews/mainboard/sy-k7vta.htm

It says that it usesThunderbird but doesn't mention the speeds by name.

When buying eBay upgrades, remember, "Don't spend any more than you are willing to loose."  Since most of the vendors have a no return policy, especially on CPUs
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tmj883Commented:
No, the multipliers are locked on these processors. The 1.33 is a 266FSB at 10X133. Your mainboard does not support this cpu. Thus even if it will run at the lower FSB, the multiplier remanis locked at 10X100 or 1.00GHZ.
Your choice if you wish to try but from my experience with the 1.33 you will be disappointed. You could overclock your FSB to 120mHz to get 1.20 but  can your other components like memory and video card withstand being overclocked along with the FSB?
My opinion...get the correct mainboard cpu match.
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willcompCommented:
Not only does K7VTA max out at a 1.2GHz T-bird, it must be a 200MHz bus CPU rather than a 266MHz one.  They come in both.

tmj883 implied that you have a 200MHz max motherboard.  Unless it is a K7VTA-Pro, that is the case.
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willcompCommented:
That's correct.
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arthurjbCommented:
You are much better off with something like this;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6874970872

or for real fast speeds, this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6875983168

You didn't mention your present cpu speed, but unless you go at least 50% faster, you are going to be dissapointed, since a small increase in speed is not really noticeable in normal operations...
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willcompCommented:
One important consideration.  Before upgrading to a T-Bird or higher CPU, ensure that you have a rear exhaust fan on your case located behind CPU socket.  If not, you will likely have an overheating CPU.
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Crash2100Author Commented:
The main reason I'm considering this is because the CPU I currently have in the computer got heat damage when it was first installed, and the computer locks up once in a while.  So I was thinking about replacing the CPU mainly to solve this.  But now I'm considering tolerating this for a little while longer and just buying a new CPU and Motherboard, but then I have to buy new memory, and possibly a new case too.  This all adds up so quickly!

By the way, would a new motherboard fit in the old case without modification?  As long as it's an ATX motherboard?
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willcompCommented:
More than likely.  But you would probably need a new power supply also.  It's little more for a case with decent power supply than power supply alone.  Newer case should have adequate cooling as well.

Here's an inexpensive case that I like, only drawback is 350 watt PSU but it is a decent one:

http://www.directron.com/c583ti3bbfu2ad.html

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