Processor Question

Gateway / Gt5464
March 25, 2009 at 06:33:12
Specs: Windows Vista 32-bit, 2 Gigs
Hi, I wanted to ask about my processor. Im not very familiar with processors. All I know is that they make things run faster and much smoother, as well as gaming. My computer says I have a "Genuine Intel(R) CPU 2140 @ 1.60GHz 1.60GHz"
Now I dunno if that's good or not, but I get the feeling I need an upgrade. So my question is, can anyone recommend something that will really speed up my computer and gaming? Something that doesn't cost too much but still gets the job done. I'd appreciate it, thank you.

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March 25, 2009 at 09:29:38
that looks like a socket 775 CPU, but information about your motherboard would be most useful in determining what CPUs you could use.

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March 25, 2009 at 10:04:18
Um. Well here is a more detailed view of my processor.

Intel® Pentium® E2140 dual core processor
•Each core operates at 1.60 GHz
•1 MB shared L2 cache
•800 MHz front side bus

I hope this helps.

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March 25, 2009 at 14:30:47
"All I know is that they make things run faster and much smoother, as well as gaming"

If you're unhappy with your gaming, it's likely your video card, or should I say LACK of video card, is the problem. The GT5464 has Intel GMA950 integrated video...if you never updated to a an actual video card, that's the problem, not the CPU.

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March 25, 2009 at 20:32:21
No I have a good video card. But sometimes I get certain lags where for example im playing a game at decent settings that my video card can handle and I begin to experience lags that get me stuck and whatnot. I have a ATI Radeon HD 4650. I know I can't run HARDCORE games but I know I can lower the settings to be able to at least play the game without lag. I just want something to boost my computer a bit more. That's why I knew my processor would be it cause It's sure not as good as the processors they have now and days, so I wanted something that could boost my computer's performance and gaming all together.

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March 31, 2009 at 01:06:43
It depends. How to reduce lag in a game? Lower the quality settings in the game. If you are playing a new game that's resource hungry and the settings are set on middle or high it's going to start bottlenecking your pc.

If what i'd mentioend doesn't work, I'd look to upgrade your processor. Your current processor Is not really suited for any real gaming at its defualt speed, It's a budget low-end dual core processor that has a small L2 cache. Now that's not to say that you couldn't turn it into a decent gaming processor if you overclocked it to say 3gz or more to make up for the speed and small L2 cache, but considering you have a namebrand pc and all your overclocking options are locked out in the Bios, you can't. The next best thing would be to upgrade to a dual core processor that's more on the lines of a Core 2 Duo E7xxx or E8xxx series and if your motherboard can accept it you can throw in a nice Core 2 Quad like the Q8300 for less then 190 bucks. These processors are much better suited for gaming, because they have a faster FSB and have a larger if not much larger L2 cache then the Pentuim D Exxx series does.

here is one for example.

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

120 dollars with free shipping.

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