CFDNRO: Given the options you have listed I can't seem to find any information on the upgrade-able CPU's
First of all he lists the options in his first post and 2nd you didn't do more then 2 sec of searching on the net before saying something.
Full mobo manual PDF
If its true the mobo supports conroe cpus then you can put the following in with bios updates 65TDP max.
As for max ram its 1x1gig ddr1 400mgz 2gigs max.
CFDNRO: Also with Linux it's probably not the best option in my opinion, I would keep it as it is currently and use it as a test machine in case something comes up in the future. I find Linux is great to experience/explore when you're bored or require testing for a client etc.
What is then ?
WInspy 10 ?
CFDNRO: My recommendation is probably putting $100-$125 a side and building your own, doesn't have to be the new components but something fairly new that's compatible with DDR4 and other components giving you the option to upgrade and continue to develop your build over some time.
4 gigs ddr4 costs like $30+ tax+ shipping USD so your not going to go far with $125, Id like to see you post a link to a system that costs $125 total that's better then what we can do with OP $25 system and + $100 in used parts and one that that all so uses ddr4 for under $125 total for the home system.
CFDNRO: As an overall opinion I would keep it but not upgrade to it and start looking at other options that have more of a purpose and is cost-effective in the future.
Still waiting to see your killer $125 system.
CFDNRO: Happy to help with a potential build in the future if you need any help.
You can start with posting a link to a full system for $125
CFDNRO: That's your own personal opinion but I find your reply not relevant at all; your saying you "could" find one and a made up price without clearly doing any research
Found one on google in 2 sec for like $5 and on ebay for $2.50, seems like its you that dousen't do research and dousen't know what hes talking about.
CFDNRO: Furthermore nowhere was it mentioned his use for Linux, so if you assumed it was for gaming it's probably best you find something in the PC Building section of this Forum.
Rayoptics : I bought a computer for $25 that's seems to be in good shape, but the board seems a little old. It's an ASUS IPILP-LC. I found a good information page for it but don't quite understand the processor upgrade information. I wanted to know which processor would make it run the fastest. Is it worth bothering with ? Linux (not my favorite) would run on it.
Op never said what his use was for his pc was and he did talk about maybe using Linux in his first post, scroll up and re-read what he said.
and yes Rayoptics even with out upgrading anything Linux will run fine on it, upgrading some of the hardware would help though and cost little.
CFDNRO: An old processor will never be as "fast" as you expect with technology nowadays
Meaning what? it won't run winXP or Linux ?
CFDNRO: But please bare in mind that there are other components that also need to be upgraded if he wants it to run fast IE
Internet explorer is no longer supported last i checked and anyone still using it is brain dead and asking to get hacked, its bin replaced with edge browser and no one with a brain use IE to surf the net when theirs piles of other better options out their on this topic.
CFDNRO: so what's the point in spending money on something that will never run as fast as you expect
Depends what were trying to do with the system, OP hasn't said what the computer is needed for.
CFDNRO: It's the opposite of being cost-effective; it needs to be upgraded-able in the future and providing good performance at a reasonable budget.
If were talking Linux with his $25 computer + some cheap upgrades you won't need to upgrade anything hardware wise for some time depending on what we need the computer for and if and when that day comes that we need more performance who cares seeing as were talking about a dirt cheap computer in any case so at that point you just get all new hardware or a good deal on something used/ better if and when needed in any case.
CFDNRO: Also being a "Hardcore Gamer" doesn't mean you have to assume that the original request was for PC Gaming
Shadow: On the topic of what Os to use i would use winXP on a system like that if you wanted to game and you should be able to game piles with it, mind you older games only of course, if your not a gamer seeing as most games out their don't run on Linux then i would go with this for my Os seeing as it needs very little hardware wise to run, is all most immune to hackers and virus topics as well as being 100% free to use and is 100% updated.
Did i say or assume it was ?
CFDNRO: you'll know you need fairly good components to run different games in different modes
Really ? like what games we talking about ?
For a game like age of empires II that i play often online you only need like a p3 750mgz cpu with 512megs ram winXP to game.
Something newer like league of legends dousen't need much too for max fps, starcraft2 that's super popular would run on it as well with winXP.
CFDNRO: I see no point in putting a LINUX machine to that use.
What use we talking about ?
by the way steam game client works in Linux if you didn't know, so its not like the game topic is 100% dead in Linux its just more of a pain and more limited / less compatible.
CFDNRO: Enterprises use Linux more than you think. So if you don't think there's any other use then you clearly need to do more research about how it can be used for enterprises and the stability of them.
Why you going on about servers out of the blue you forget to take your meds or something ?
We dealing with servers here ? O_o i know i didn't go their and when i was talking about Linux i was only talking about distros for home use not servers.
Yes enterprises use Linux duh, whats your point and what douse this have to do with anything for a computer/Linux for home use.
CFDNRO: Mixed opinions; I can pick up a processor for £25:
Look up way way up on your link, theirs one selling for $2.50.
What you do ?
List prices for the E4400 cpu from highest to lowest then link/post to the highest priced one you could find ?
CFDNRO: Overall thought: Don't put money into something that's not going to be used for it's full potential use.
Your assuming you know what he needs the computer for at this point, and you tried to shoot me down more then once saying im the one assuming things on this topic and i never did.