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Upgrading Processor - like a car with a processor we are always looking for more power which equates to ... speed!


The main reason for upgrading processor only is for speed.

Make your computer process data faster, this is a top down upgrade. Every day processing will go faster, but mainly it is a new program that causes you to realize your system isn't as fast as it used to be. It has not changed, the program is demanding more of the processor than it was designed for.

Considerations - You need to know what processor you have in your system, what speed it is, and what type of socket is on the main board.

If your computer didn't come with a guide that gives you specifications on your system you will have to do some research. You can find out a lot of this information with a tool built into the Microsoft OS, by using Computer Management, under Devices click on the Processors to see what processor is installed. Your can also use the System Info Tool in the Accessories but you will have to decode Microsoft's description.
Socket 775a, note the pins are in the socket, the processor has pads that the pins touch for contact.Now you know the processor version and speed you have to find out what type of socket the processor is in on the main board. Your processor will only fit one type of socket, if you have a Pentium III processor, Intel came out with what they thought would be a solution to the motherboard socket problem. Every new processor has more "pins" because each generation has more functionality than the last. This functionality has to have a way to get to the main board with more "pins". Intel introduce a way to keep the amount of pin changes to a minimum with what is know as a "Slot A" socket. This was a good idea until some major manufactures abused the idea by demanding Intel make different types of Slot A cartridges. This increased Intel's manufacturing costs so Intel discontinued the process and went back to the old ZIF socket. These sockets are numbered, each revision of processors have a different socket number.

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Starting with the Pentium 4D the pins to connect the CPU to the motherboard changed, they went from being mounted on the device body to spring loaded pins in the ZIF socket mounted on the motherboard. The CPU has a small copper pad in place of the pin. Also the way the socket is engineered to open changed, the base plate no longer has to slide to unlock the pins. The CPU socket has a plate that comes down over the device to clamp it into position. Word of caution on these new ZIF sockets: DO NOT bend a pin, if you do you will have to replace the motherboard, there is no repair for a bent pin!

Upgrading Processor - "More Speed Mr. Scott! More SPEED!"

Intel™ makes different speeds of the same processor, by having the information of your current processor you may be able to upgrade your system by a large margin.

One thing you have to take into consideration that you can not move from a Pentium III to a Pentium IV or from a Pentium IV to a Core 2 with out changing the mother board.

Today's processors are the most stable processors produced.

These newer processors lend themselves to overclocking very easily.

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