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Is this Processor compatible?


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seanshaffer23

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I have a Gateway 300S computer and I'm looking for a better processor than the 2.0GHz one that it came with. So I chatted with a Gateway dude, and he says that all it has to be is an Intel Pentium 4, Socket 478. I looked it up and according to Gateway.com my motherboard only supports this.

I really don't want to mess this up. It says max bus speed 400MHz, Zero Insertion Force (whatever that is), and some other stuff. I need a compatible CPU for my computer, but I can't find one. Please help!
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comanighttrain

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hmmmm....get a new motherboard first man...
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Hello,

When you are looking for CPU's, just make sure it's a socket 478 so it fits your board. Zero insertion force means just that - it take no force to insert the chip. Some older types and other socket types used to require a bit of force to seat the chip correctly, unfortunately people wouldn't install them the correct way and would push harder than needed, damaging the pins or board. Zero force means your chip will seat itself easily, like a knife through butter.

I'd agree though that if you are dumping money into a new CPU, you might also just replace the MoBo as well. If you tell me what you are looking for in a processor, and your budget, we could give you chip ideas. :tazz:
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Well I already have a 2GHz CPU, i just need one thats better, possibly 2.4GHz. My budget is under $200
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