Edited by mrpooh3, 29 January 2010 - 09:16 AM.
How do I upgrade my processor?
Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:52 AM
Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:12 PM
Pay no attention to the clock speed of the processors these days, it's irrelevant.
What do you want to do with the computer?
Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:33 PM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:23 PM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:55 PM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:57 PM
The nearest comparable and compatible quad-core processor is about $20-$30 more : Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Compare FSB, L2 cache, nm, and amount of cores.
What you want to really look for these days is the FSB (Front Side Bus). Or on the newer socket 1366 and 1156 processors, the QPI (Quick Path Interconnect). NM, and L2 cache can make a difference as well.
If clock speed is irrelevant,how do I go about choosing a faster more powerful processor than my current one?
If you mean used, or refurbished/openbox, that's up to you. Often, used or recertified processors don't come with the heatsink and fan assembly, so keep that in mind. A new one will. Also, Depending on where you buy, it may not be returnable if you bought from someone off CL, or the warranty may not be as long if you buy from an online retailer like Newegg.com. Stuff like that...
I was also considering a 2nd hand processor is this advisable?I
You'll have to apply new thermal paste anyway if you replace your processor. If you are not going to overclock, which I don't think you are, then you don't need a better or more expensive heatsink and fan. The stock one that comes with the processor will do just fine. (assuming you buy new)
I was going to buy a new heatsink/cooling fan too but was reading that when installing a new Processor or heatsink you need to clean and re-apply thermal paste,is this difficult to do?
Apply thermal paste is simply really. Look at this video. How to apply thermal paste.
I was looking at a 2nd hand 3.2 ghz dual core processor which is an lga775 socket but says it requires Intel 945/955x chipset PCG05B.I am not sure what chipset I have.
Everytime you want to upgrade a processor, build a new computer, or want to know what processor will work with a particular motherboard, go to the manufacturers website... in your case ASUS, look up the motherboard, and check that motherboards cpu support list. Here is a link to yours. ASUS P5N-MX. Now scroll down just a bit, click on the tab that says, "CPU Support List". If the processor you are looking at isn't on that list, then you can assume it is NOT compatible. See?
Hope that helps.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 04:34 AM
Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:43 PM
Good luck with the upgrade!
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users