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17-Jun-2005, 05:40 PM #1
Red face Is it worth it to replace CPU?
I was wondering if a new cpu would speed up my applications or if it is to involved and expensive. I have a Gateway E-4600 computer, 512 memory,Samsung 160g primary hard drive,WDC 80g secondary hard drive,Windows XP,Intel D850GB AAA49507903 motherboard,Intel pentium 4 1.30g processor. This computer is 4 yrs old, but I have upgraded it from time to time.
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17-Jun-2005, 06:04 PM #2
Read here http://support.intel.com/support/mot...esktop/d850gb/ a P42.0Ghz would be an improvement.
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17-Jun-2005, 07:45 PM #3
At a guess, your motherboard takes a Socket423 processor. These are impossible to buy new these days, but you may be able to find a second-hand one on eBay. 2.0GHz is as high as they go.
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18-Jun-2005, 11:27 PM #4
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19-Jun-2005, 11:11 AM #5
I'd save my pennies for a real upgrade. Since the memory speed and other factors will limit the real performance gain, why not put that money into something that will be noticably faster.
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19-Jun-2005, 12:18 PM #6
I'm with John.

The rule of thumb: All other things being equal, if you do not at least double the speed of the processor, the gain in performance is largely unnoticable.

Save your money.
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20-Jun-2005, 12:37 PM #7
Question what upgrade is advisable?
Thanks for your input. May I ask which upgrade(s) would be advisable.
A new motherboard?
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20-Jun-2005, 01:28 PM #8
Personally I'd build a complete new system and maybe take the HDDs out of the old PC. New motherboard, new CPU, new faster RAM and maybe a decent graphics card if you play games.
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20-Jun-2005, 06:59 PM #9
I'm not sure about your particular Gateway; but, most name-brand systems will not accept a standard ATX main board so Roblobob's advice may be the only way you can "upgrade" the system.

That being your only alternative, you might want to look at a new computer; but, I would stay away from systems with sub-standard Samsung hard disks. They're usually not good performers. Just my opinion.
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