Replacing P4 with Dual-Core Celeron

December 10, 2011 at 12:36:46
Specs: Windows XP SP3, P4 3GHz HT/512 MB RAM
Is it possible to replace a Pentium 4 processor with an Intel Celeron?

Here are the P4's specs:
LGA 775 socket
3GHz clock speed with hyper-threading (2 logical cores)
MMX and SSE (1,2,3) technology
200MHz bus speed
800MHz front side bus
8 way 1MB L2 Cache

Here are the Celeron's specs:

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December 10, 2011 at 12:56:27
You need to check the motherboard's CPU support list. Other than that, your system is slow because you only have 512MB RAM. You're looking to upgrade the wrong part.

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December 10, 2011 at 20:55:58
As mentioned, you need to look up the specs on your system or motherboard and find the CPU support list.
I also agree that the first thing you need to do is to upgrade your memory to 1GB (1000MB) and you will notice a significant improvement. When your system was built 250MB RAM was minimum and 500MB was acceptable, but with improvements in antivirus software and internet browsers, 500MB is below acceptable for XP, it really needs quite a bit more.
If a memory upgrade does not help enough, save the money and consider replacing the entire system. Some of the lowest priced systems today can blow the doors off a P4 era system any day.

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December 11, 2011 at 09:10:48
I doubt a processor will be of any real improvement. The money is not well spent. Consider a new platform to include new memory and processor. A core i or amd solution may beat what you have for not much more money.

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December 11, 2011 at 10:03:08
I will upgrade my RAM to at least 2.5 GB of RAM by January. I'm also trying to invest to build a custom PC, but for now I'll just try my best to improve my current machine.

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