Originally posted by Don:
I just got an Email reply from Compaq and the answer said a PII 500 is the best I can do, but I don't see a 500 anywhere. So if a 450 is the best I can do, will I see any boost?
Sounds like someone's been smoking crack. There is no such thing
as a PII 500. The guy at Compaq must be high. Either that, or he performed a typo and meant to type PIII 500. Many PII boards (especially the later ones) were able to support early PIII chips such as the 500. Given that the guy either didn't correct his typo or is flat out guessing, I wouldn't bank on being able to get anything higher than a PII 450 in that thing.
As for the performance increase, I'm not sure that it would be worth your while to swap out the chip. If you were running at a lower frequency (66Mhz) on your current chip, then you might notice a bit of a speed improvement. However, since the 350 and the 450 both run at 100Mhz, you won't be improving the speed of the bus - just the CPU. I'm not sure that the speed increase will be very noticible. It will depend heavily on the types of applications you run as to if you'll see a marked speed increase.
If it were my $87, I'd use that money towards replacing the Case, Motherboard, CPU, and whatever other components may be integrated on the motherboard. The larger computer manufacturers, such as Compaq, often include the video, sound, and modem on the motherboard in order to conserve manufacturing costs. Things like your floppy drive, DVD, CDR/W, etc. can be transferred to the new computer.