Thanks Mike ..I wonder if this C7 is soldered onto the mainboard but just one way to find out. Would I damage things just removing the heatsink?
Appreciate the AM2 suggestion and believe me I have considered it but I really LOVE this VIA processor for what it does. Nothing like taking the Kill-A-Watt to this thing - it's almost funny.
Until you've had one of these babes and with the sole intent to use it only to run your downloads and uploads (if you should like to do that sort of thing) and just forum and web browsing and see youre only drawing 24-27 watts TOTAL SYSTEM POWER I'm afraid you just can not appreciate one of these processors. So in my skinny green PC defence I recommend you try one of these - anyone. The 1.5Ghz power it puts out is plenty, seriously, and anything more just isn't needed.
Haha, Mike everyone suggests I get or should have gotten an AMD. You know the only slow bump I had a while was just 1Gb of DDR2 in it a while at 64bit no dual channel.
But of course the damn board came with less than appealing video capabilities. I have been shopping Newegg and the web a few hours now for various things (looking, with high hopes, for a wireless gameing keyboard for my main rig).
Hey Mike do you have any idea what sort of aftermarket cooler I can add to this board and processor if I can safely remove the old one (has a fan)? It's that Jetway C7 combo off of Newegg ..maybe its still available ..I forget the model number. I have one of the original solid copper Hedge Hog heatsinks made for the first AMD Athlon series but I'm not at all sure it would be a fit....sure would cool it though.
A word on the DirectX , do you think DX9 would be any better for viewing/previewing digitized movies (um, ie; DivX) or the DX8.1 be cool? I was reading the Newegg reviews on thos ATI 9 series PCI and many complain that they get a low max resolution when using the DVI out ...main reason I want one.
Total pain in ...
Pardon the long posts and bit of ramble and the Blueberry and Rhubarb wine