Can I change the CPU on my computer?

Gateway / 838gm
February 16, 2011 at 23:02:01
Specs: Windows 7, 3 GHz / 1013 MB
I have a Gateway 838gm that has a Intel (Augsburg) 915G Motherboard with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an LGA775 socket. I have my eye on an Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor E5700 3.0ghz 800mhz 2mb Lga775 Cpu Power Consumption 65 W. It seems to me that it will fit because it's a LGA775, and it has 800mhz system bus which my thing supports. But will it work?

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February 17, 2011 at 00:03:05
Not all LGA775 are equal and Gateway do not specify:

This is what INTEL state for a 915G Chipset based Motherboard:

Left hand side menu, compatable products, processors............

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February 17, 2011 at 07:12:53
Your board supports Pentium 4s & Pentium Ds only. It does NOT support any Core based CPUs. You're out of luck.

If you want better performance, add more RAM & a video card.

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February 17, 2011 at 09:15:17
There are several things to consider when choosing a video card. Some of the more important specs to look for are memory related - type of memory (DDR, DDR2/GDDR2, DDR3/GDDR3, DDR5/GDDR5), amount (256MB, 512MB, 1GB), memory interface (64-bit, 128-bit, 192-bit, 256-bit). When you see a G, it means Graphics, so generally, GDDR3 will be better than DDR3. Look at the speed the memory runs at too.

You should also look at the number of stream processors supported by the GPU (graphics processing unit). AMD/ATI & nvidia numbers are different so to make a fair comparison, either multiple the nvidia stream processors x 5, or divide the AMD/ATI processors by 5. For example, the nvidia Geforce GT 220 has 48 stream processors so a comparable AMD/ATI card should have to have 240 (48 x 5).

This article should help narrow down your choices:

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2011

Be sure to check the Hierarchy chart at the end of the article for cards not on the recmmended list.

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February 19, 2011 at 11:04:02
But because Gateway doesn't specify, doesn't mean it won't work, right? And if I was to put that pentium dual core on my mother board what would happen?

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February 19, 2011 at 12:11:36
"if I was to put that pentium dual core on my mother board what would happen?"

It is NOT supported! Why is that so difficult to understand?? If you try it, one of 3 things will happen:

1. The system won't boot with the unsupported CPU installed.

2. The system will boot, but will be totally unstable.

3. The CPU will fry due to incorrect voltages.

Use google & do some research. You obviously don't believe anything you're being told, so go try to prove or disprove what we're telling you. Why would you come here for advice & then argue about the advice you're being given? Do you think we're delibeartely lying to you? Read up on the Intel 915G chipset:

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February 19, 2011 at 12:32:15
Please do not expect me to answer directly thru PM, I never do, anyway you have a budget PC, it is not feasible to use any other CPU's except which is listed.

You could build yourself a decent PC for not much dosh and sell what you have !

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February 19, 2011 at 14:15:50
You must be receiving the same PM's as I

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February 19, 2011 at 19:28:21
I guess I'll have to get an intel g41. thnx for the advice.

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February 20, 2011 at 05:59:20
If you are purchasing a MB, and might want options later, especially if you may consider overclocking, do not purchase Intel brand boards. Purchase board from Gigabyte, Asus, or others with Intel chipsets. Additional advice, While the Core 2 duo is a much better CPU than you have and a good board will go up through the fastest Core 2 Quad out there, the socket 775 is now old technology. While I and many are currently using them and are not about to throw them away for quite a while yet (they still have a few more good years left on them), everyone is now looking to the newer CPU's/Sockets for all future builds that they plan on using for a long while yet. For example, the i series (i-530 to i-560) is around the price range of the Core 2 Duo's and considerately more advanced, and even the socket 1156 they use is scheduled to be phased out for the newest socket 1155 2nd Generation i-series CPU's.
You will find that even with a socket 775 board you will not be able to just replace the MB and CPU, you will also need a new Power supply, Graphics card, new case, and probably more. Treat this as a completely new build and you will make more intelligent decisions and be happy with the finished product for much longer.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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