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Upgrading processor

by Browneyes84 / February 10, 2008 9:15 AM PST

My computer currently has a 1.80 Ghz pentium 4 processor. I am running 128 megs of ram on windows xp. I have an extra pentium 4 processor with 2.80 Ghz. Can i swap out this processor with hurting my computer and if it will make it faster?

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Do you know your motherboard model?
by Steven Haninger / February 10, 2008 9:53 AM PST
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It's capability determines whether the processor is compatible or not. If it's of the same socket type, there's a good chance it will work. I can't tell you if the board will auto-configure the processor. As well, XP is going to see the change and you might have to reactivate. If the processor works, you will probably see a small performance gain but it looks as if your RAM is still going to be a bottleneck. You should be at 1/2 gig or more.

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I agree
by Jimmy Greystone / February 10, 2008 10:26 AM PST
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If you haven't bought the processor yet, save your money and buy more RAM. You want 512MB minimum for XP, 1GB being something of a "sweet spot" for the OS. You will see a dramatic performance increase if you add more RAM, but only a marginal increase with the processor upgrade.

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before placing the processor check motherboard first
by xhanis / February 10, 2008 1:25 PM PST
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It seem that you want to change the processor so i can say like this before placing the processor you must check motherboard first

1 what the model of processor it can support
2 what the rate of FSB it can support like 533/800/1066 Mhz
3 check the socket for the applicable processor if the socket is same
4 you must check the processor pin where its on processor (PGA) or on motherboard (LGA) because some new motherboard and processor are using LGA type

and then make sure to upgrade your memory because its to slow for XP i suggest 512MB or 1 GB for a good performance along with the new processor if you want to upgrade ram just make sure you buy the right type (check your motherboard for ram support) cause i also have to check any hardware that has newly install in order to make my PC as good as new

hope this will make you happy

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