I do a lot of audio processing (recording and saving wav and mp3 files) and I'm tired of waiting for my computer to finish its tasks- I want to speed it up. Here is the system I'm using:
I'm running windows 98SE with 512 mb of RAM. (Don't tell me to switch to XP. I've heard it runs no faster.) My hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 (ST3160812A) 160GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100. It has an 8 mb buffer. My motherboard is a gigabyte 7vm33m-rz. The motherboard can handle cpu's of up to 3200, as listed here
The cpu I have now in the computer is a Duron 1.8, 133 mhz, 266 fsb. I thought the first thing I should do is to upgrade the cpu, but when I look at the list in the link above of all of the possible cpu's that my motherboard can handle, I don't know where to begin. Would someone please help me choose the best one? I see listed there these types: K7 Sempron, AthlonXP, Athlon, and Palomino. What's the difference between them? I don't play video games on my computer, and I just want a fast cpu that's reliable. I'm willing to pay for it, but if there's a $50 difference between the fastest model and the second fastest, and the second fastest is just 10% slower, I'll go with the second fastest.
Thanks very much