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Changing a PC's Speed

By bug711 ·
I have an older PC that was built for me. Its speed is a little less than 1 GHz. I have another one with greater speed, but I have dedicated this one to the net. I need greater speed for Skype and some other things. Is it possible for me to purchase a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.00 GHz) for $235 that TechExec2 suggested? I now have an Intel chip. Would I need additional parts for this speed upgrade?
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by w2ktechman In reply to Changing a PC's Speed

Changing from an Intel chip to an AMD chip will require a new systemboard and RAM.
The socket on your motherboard will determine which CPU can be put on it. An Athlon 64 x2 6000 uses AM2 socket, not a 939 socket.
Ususlly sockets are upgraded every couple of years, so a newer processor will not work in an older socket. Even if you changed to another Intel processor, it is very likely that you will need a new MB and RAM.

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If you really want...

by kaptandrews In reply to Changing a PC's Speed

to get your hands dirty, it is a great learning experience and how I turned my attention to the computer field, is to buy a motherboard combo. It will come with the cpu and board. It is sometimes the cheapest but the also the easiest to get what you need and want. you will still need to buy RAM but you may but that should not be a problem once youhave the combo. you may even get a discount on shipping is bought at the same place. Try Pricewatch.com! Good Luck.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Changing a PC's Speed

If you do no want to change out too many hings, how about just a processor upgrade. Sure, it will be Intel, bu it would be the simplist without a lot of reworking of your system.
What socket is your current CPU? Do you have your motherboard specs? If so, you can check which processors it supports.
Although it wont be as fast as total reworking it, it should bring a bi more speed from is current setup.

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