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Can I upgrade?

By stelch
Apr 29, 2007
  1. Hi

    I have the following PC specs:
    P4 3.2Ghz with HT
    2GB of DDR 400MHz ram
    2x120Gb Serial ATA HDD
    Asus Extreme GeForce N6600 PCI Express
    Creative SB Audigy LS
    Plextor DVDR-PX708A
    Plextor DVD-ROM PX-116A2
    Iiyama 17" CRT monitor
    Microsoft Force Feedback Joystick
    Windows XP Pro

    I would like to upgrade to the new Intel dual-core processor CPU. Can I just unplug my P4 CPU and replace it with a new dual-core? Is it so simple? Will I loose anything? Do I have to reformat? What about bios?

    Stelios
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    You have to get a new motherboard, your socket needs to be lga 775, I believe you have 478 socket. So "no" you can't just put in a new chip.
     
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I think you already have socket 775, because there are almost no socket 478 mobos with PCI-E support.

    What is your motherboard's model and make? Do you want a Core 2 Duo processor or a Pentium D?
     
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    You'd still want a new motherboard, I don't think there are many RAM out there that runs at "400mhz". Unless you're talking 2x400mhz, it'll be DDR1.
     
  5. stelch

    stelch TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 57

    Hi
    These are the specs of my motherboard:

    Processor Supports Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition (LGA775 socket with 800 MHz system bus)
    Supports Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology† (LGA775 socket with 533/800 MHz system bus)
    Supports Intel® Celeron® D Processor (LGA775 socket with 533 MHz system bus)

    http://www3.shopping.com/xPF-Intel-D915GAV

    "Do you want a Core 2 Duo processor or a Pentium D?" Which one is better?


    Stelios
     
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    The core2duo is definately better.

    But your motherboard does not support it. You will need to upgrade your motherboard to use a core2duo.

    Also, your RAM is DDR1. It would be pretty hard to find a motherboard for Core2Duo that uses DDR1, so you will have to upgrade your memory to DDR2.

    If I were you, I might just upgrade to one of the processors mentioned above, one of the Pentium4s. Either that, or you'll have to buy yourself what is basically a whole new computer.
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    In short, NO. Your system is too old. While the new CPUs might FIT, they won't work and you'll ruin both the MOBO and the new CPU.
     
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Yeah, you need a new motherboard :(
     
  9. stelch

    stelch TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 57

    Thanks guys. I'll wait for next year to get a new PC with Vista. Hopefully Vista will be more established by then.
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    And more bug-free ;)
     
  11. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    yeah, then come back here and post a budget, and we'll help you out again :D
     
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