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Changing Processors

Q: Changing Processors

I'm about to get computer but i'm wondering if its possible to upgrade the processor that it has. I don't know that much about adding new things to computers so if someone could help it'd be great.

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A: Changing Processors

Without knowing anything about the computer, that's impossible to answer.
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A:changing processors

i would say replace the cpu and reboot the bios post will let you know if something is funky, but on bootup i would get into the bios and verify that has the updated cpu, i would also go to the asus site and see what latest bios update offers you....
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I need to put in a faster processor on an HP Pavilion machine.
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What specs do I need to be aware of?

A:Changing Processors

durant125 said:

I need to put in a faster processor on an HP Pavilion machine.
I just needed the steps to take to make sure I get the right kind.
What specs do I need to be aware of?Click to expand...

well based on your sig, an XP2400+ is a socket A cpu, your ram is PC2700 so we know your mobo can take 333fsb probably 400 but you would have to know your pc spec, look in the manual or d/l it from hp site. I'm thinking you can go up to a XP3200+ barton but thats a guess at this point

you can also d/l Everest home to run this would give you a bunch of additional info, mobo model no would be nice
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Hi all.
I read somewhere that in order to improve the boot speed you need to go into MSCONFIG->Boot->Advanced Options...-> Tick the number of processors and select the correct number (2 or 4).

It didn't improve anything so I went back the unchecked the Number of processors, I then rebooted the computer and now I got blue screen and the installation disk isn't helping.

Any ideas how to fix it?

A:BSOD after changing number of processors

Quote: Originally Posted by Gil

Hi all.
I read somewhere that in order to improve the boot speed you need to go into MSCONFIG->Boot->Advanced Options...-> Tick the number of processors and select the correct number (2 or 4).

It didn't improve anything so I went back the unchecked the Number of processors, I then rebooted the computer and now I got blue screen and the installation disk isn't helping.

Any ideas how to fix it?

We actually need the DMP files that were created when your computer crashed. use these instructions to find and upload them.


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A:Changing the number of processors on an Intel i3

That is the setting for the number of processors used during boot, as in when you see the fancy windows animation. Once the computer is up and running you have four (technically two with hyper threading) running. Usually only one is used during boot-up. Only difference you'd see is a faster boot time.
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A:Changing my z600 processor to my z400 processors - CPU upgra...

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Thanks Much

A:AMD Processors

Have no idea. How about a link to the site?

Perhaps the OEM includes a motherboard... AMD has recently dropped their prices (again) as their top in Quad parts don't sell as well. AMD's best market area is under $100 CPUs.

Recommendtion: Get the cheaper one
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You Have: 2.99 GHz Performance Rated at 4.49 GHz

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A:How many processors do I have?

Look inside your case. If you don't see two CPU cooling systems, you have one physical processor. You propably have one dual-core processor, and you're propably taking full advantage of the both cores.
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A:AMD Processors


they are fine, no better no worse.
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Go here and you can see the specs on each processor you are trying to compare:Intel processor specs
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A:2 processors

What's the brand name, model name, and model number of that computer?

How much RAM does it have?


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A:sp3 and amd processors

and welcome to the Forum

Try this handy tool that disablers the intell driver in HO systems with AMD processors

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A:Help about the Processors

Are you running any programs that will use the parked processor, could just be idle, try running some intensive software then check
If not sure you could always run prime95 on it which will stress test the cpu but don't leave alone while doing it as temperatures can rise quickly so be sure to monitor
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A:64 bit processors

relax - your shining new CPU won't become out of date the second 64-bit CPUs appear.

I should expect that 64-bit will primarily effect the server market mostly, and will only trickle down to desktop level after some time. Although there are some operating systems already available for these chips (windows 2000, linux, etc) there aren't a lot of apps yet. 64-bit will become the standard one day - thats for sure - but it will take quite some time.
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it really depends what route you want to take from here, Intel or AMD, this is where your journey begins, i'm not that clued up on AMD, but i know quite a bit about Intel.

Firstly, a history lesson ;-)

I'm going to skip the first lot of processors that were pre-2000,

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now, moving onto socket LGA775, this socket introduced the first ever true multi-core processors on the mainstream market, with the core2duo and core2quad processors proving to be very good at almost everything, you could also get core2duo extreme and core2quad extreme processors which were for heavy duty gaming and multitasking(including heavy HD video editing), you can get a 775 socket P4 though, but with HT technology, and also the celeron family making an appearance.

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A:Two processors?!?

That's the way a dual core processor shows up...
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A:AMD Processors

It's not True, it's Marketing.

There is some truth in there but not enough to get all excited about it.
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A:Please help (processors)

Alex4 said:

Ok i will try and word this a bit better. OK i am building myself a computer. I am going to pick up the motherboard soon. I need to know what one to get. I am trying to think of what type of CPU to get. I can spend up to $350 Canadian ($287 U.S.) on it. I want to know what you think is better, AMD, or Intel. And if so what GHz and model. Click to expand...

350 on entire pc? or just cpu
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A:Processors Which one is better!

For gaming the 4000+ would be better as it has a clockspeed of 2.4Ghz (the 4400+ runs at 2.2Ghz). Games are still single-threaded & will not be able to make use of the 2nd core on the 4400+.

That said, if you like to game while having MP3s compressed in the background or DVDShrink running, the 4400+ is the better choice.

Don't you like it when there isn't one clear answer ?
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A:AMD processors

There are a few things to consider when looking at a gaming processor / motherboard combo. Are you looking to REALLY upgrade meaning dual vid cards, etc., or do you mean occasional gaming with decent game play. The cost difference is huge and the choice of Crossfire (ATI) or SLI (Nvidia) is important. I guess what I'm asking is how far do you want to go?
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Yeah, the AMD line uses a numbering scheme that roughly equals the Intel counterpart, hence the 3200+ being close to a 3.4GHz P4. It doesn't have that clock in megahertz but because its a good chip, in most games and benchmarks an AMD XP processor will beat a similarly placed P4.

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im looking into buy a laptop

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now hes telling me i should be going for an intell..

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A:help-- processors

There is nothing wrong with AMD processers in fact they were the industry leaders for quite few years
Intel has introduced the core 2 duo and has taken the lead as the fastest cpu's from Amd.
That said the AMD dual core processers are still pretty quick and could still be fast enough for your needs
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GHZ haven't meant much for a while and now they mean Nothing!

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what is a good one to buy with my new computer?
Click to expand...

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Quote: Originally Posted by kersey

Hi there,

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AMD Phenom II X2 550 (2x 3.1GHz) 4000MT, 7mb

AMD Athlon II X4 630 (4x 2.8GHz) 4000MT, 2mb

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Number of cores 1 per processor
Number of threads 1 (max 1) per processor
Name AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Code Name NewCastle
Specification AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+
Package Socket 754
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Extended Family/Model F.C
Brand ID 4
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Technology 0.13 um
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Stock frequency 2000 MHz
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we can't tell without knowing what mother board you have
in general any I5 or I7 use the same socket

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:wave: Hello & Welcome to Techspot :wave:

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The x2 is amd's dual core, the pentium d is intels dual core.
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