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Question: Installing a new processor?

by airjordan231991 / July 1, 2008 2:39 AM PDT

I have just bought a new PC. It was a good deal but the processor might not be future proof. If I decide to move from the dual core (note: not core 2 duo) up to a quad core when the price comes down a bit what can I expect? Will my motherboard be compatible? How long will it take? Are all heat sinks universal? Will it come with a heat sink? Any info about a processor switch will be greatly valued. Remember I'm kinda going into this blind.

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There's a reason for that dual core.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2008 2:42 AM PDT

Some motherboards do not support the Core 2 so be sure to look into that first.

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How would I Know
by airjordan231991 / July 1, 2008 2:48 AM PDT

Do you know how I would go about investigating the upgrade. When my PC arrives will the motherboard have a model # or a serial?

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How to get feedback about this here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2008 3:22 AM PDT
In reply to: How would I Know

If you had shared the make and model then members could see if there is such an upgrade path. Look at your post and those words in red then consider if you can share more.

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Sry, New to CNET Forums
by airjordan231991 / July 1, 2008 3:37 AM PDT

Sorry guys guess I'm still the new guy. Here are the specs to the PC. Or at least the info I have.

ACER Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 4GB RAM 500GB HDD NVIDIA Graphics CPU ONLY

Processor & Memory:

* Intel

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by airjordan231991 / July 1, 2008 8:21 AM PDT

After a little looking I've found that my motherboard supports LGA775 chipsets also known as Socket T which supports most models of intel quad and core 2 duo. Now the installation is my only problem.

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by repete_smile / July 1, 2008 3:36 AM PDT

See if the your motherboard has the right socket for a new processor.
Example 1
You have an AM2 or AM2+ motherboard with an AMD Athlon X2, you can upgrade to a Phenom.
Example 2
You have a LGA775 motherboard with a Core2 Duo, you can upgrade to Core2 Quad.

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Specs of current processor
by airjordan231991 / July 1, 2008 3:49 AM PDT

Currently this is installed in the PC

# Intel

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Acer's info
by squirtlewa / July 2, 2008 12:29 AM PDT

Copied from Acer's page


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Check again. This has the Core 2 Duo.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2008 9:07 AM PDT


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