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Q: Have an older PC question about processor

I have an older Inspiron 531 and I wasn't planning on replacing it anytime soon as it plays all the games and does everything else I need. I was wondering if there is a way to boost its speed and power a little more though. Right now I can play most mmo's on med settings, but I wanted to get a little more out of it. Currently I have a Athlon 64 X2 4400+ ( processor in the PC. I have an AMD Phenom X4 9150e ( sitting around right now, my question is, can I replace the 4400+ with the 9150e and is the Phenom faster?

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A: Have an older PC question about processor

Unfortunately, you cannot use the 9150E for your machine. It uses a completely different socket then the 4400+. You will need a board that supports AM2 sockets to use the 9150E.
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Quite a bit. But if you are looking to upgrade from the first to the second it requires a new motherboard, and potentially a new video card and memory.\

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A:Processor Question

How fast is your Celeron? Some of the old ones are 300mhz and less, new ones are up to 1.2 GHz. Class does matter, a Celeron 600 isnt as fast as a P3 600, and some Athlon 1.4's are faster than some P4 1.8's.
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Q: What are the physical differences between the AMD Athlon™ and Duron™ processors?

A: The primary difference between the two processors is the amount of level two (L2) cache on each chip. The AMD Athlon™ processor has more L2 cache memory than the AMD Duron™ processor, giving the AMD Athlon™ processor a total of 384KB on-chip cache vs. 192KB for the AMD Duron™ processor.
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A:Processor question

the celeron machine would give you virtually no difference, it's basically not worth buying.

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Hm, what is your processor?
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About a P350, but it depends what it is doing.
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I know an upgrade to a Motherboard that is capable for dual-core is needed then the processor then reinstallation of windows... Post all specs of your PC and I'm sure you'll recieve more help on your question.
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A:A processor question

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A:Processor Question

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A:Noob with processor question

Okay, assuming your motherboard is socket AM2 and only supports AM2 here are a few options.

5200+ 2.7Ghz 65nm 512kb X 2 L2Cache GOOD

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