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Will any CPU work on any computer?


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IrrevocableXenophile

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I'm in the process of trying to make this storebought computer a little better and my friend has a spare CPU that he bought, a really good one that he doesn't need any more. I know how to install the CPU but was wondering if it will do more trouble then good to my computer seeing how this is like a 600 dollar computer from walmart. Will installing a super ausome CPU into a moderatly or even sluggish old computer do more harm than good?
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Surely it depends on whether or not your existing motherboard will support the cpu you intent to replace.

This I found to my cost several years ago, trying to upgrade an old P3 to a P4.

Bought a new motherboard, only to find that the old RAM & Graphics card were incompatible.


Ended up building a new pc.
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Alright, sounds like this motherboard probably won't. Lol. But anyways, where would you find out if it would support it?
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Write down the make of model of the motherboard (open the case and look what's written on the motherboard) and of the CPU. We'll help you to find out.
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No need to open it up, just download something like CPU-Z and it will give the vital statistics of the CPU you have now from which you can then see what processors are roughly compatible. Also grab PC-wizard and it will give you even more detail including motherboard make and model then post the info in here either read it and type it, take a text dump off either application or take some screenshots of the relevant info.

A mod might also want to move this to SB&U forum rather than windows.
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This is a pretty crappy computer, so don't you laugh. :)
Alright so i found out that the motherboard is made by TriGem Computer Inc.
It's a Glendale Motherboard Model.
Took a screeny, fancy telling me how to figure out what CPU's will be supported by this one?

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It's a rather old computer with 478 pin cpu socket, taking Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron. If the other CPU is newer then it's a 775 pin, which will not fit your computer.
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Ok, yes I understand. So the newest cpu's have pins instead of socket holes, which I'm fairly sure the cpu my friend doesn't need has a pins so.. I guess I'll need a new motherboard =)
Anyone know the cheapest motherboard I can get that has a socket T? (LGA775)

Edit (PS. Found one - Foxconn M7VMX-K LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

This one will work fine for me, thanks for the help guys.

Edited by IrrevocableXenophile, 10 September 2008 - 12:28 PM.

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