CPU upgrades done right

dr_b_rad

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I have 2 comps, so I will speak separately of each.

First is an ASUS laptop UL50V running Windows 7 Home Prem.
CPU-Z says it has a core 2 duo su7300 Penryn Socket P 45 nm tech at 1.3 GHz
MB is UL50VT 1.0 with chipset GS45, BIOS American Megatrends v216
When gaming, CPUID HW Monitor said the CPU was running at 100% and the graphics card was not taxed.
I read an article about upgrading which suggested I use newegg to find compatible newer chips. I found this chip and wanted to be certain that I could buy it, and replace the one listed above without hassles.

Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.8 GHz Dual-Core CPU Processor SLG9F AW80576T9600

I read an article on Tom's that said this was the best.
If this chip is not compatible or the MB won't run it could someone tell me how I would find the best chip for that system/MB...?
Please, and thank you.


I also have a desktop HP Compaq dc7100 running a P4 540 with 775 LGA Socket 90 nm tech 3.2 GHz with (HT-hyperthreading?) on MB HP 0968h chipset i915P/i915G and the BIOS is also HP v786C1

When I ran HW Monitor, it also said the chip was close to maxing out (in game) whereas the graphics card was not, so I figured I'd just upgrade both of the CPUs.
Newegg and some other articles suggested I would get more bang with the following:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz 12M/1333 Quad-Core LGA 775 CPU Processor SLB8V

Could someone please verify for me that this makes sense and that there 'should be no problem' to replace the two CPUs with these upgrades, please.
Thanks!

Brad
 
core 2 duo su7300, Socket BGA956
http://ark.intel.com/products/42791/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-SU7300-3M-Cache-1_30-GHz-800-MHz-FSB

Core 2 Duo T9600, Socket BGA479, PGA478
http://ark.intel.com/products/35563/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-T9600-6M-Cache-2_80-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB

BGA CPU's are not upgradeable as they are soldered to the motherboard.


For the desktop, here's a document that lists all the compatible CPU's:
http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetHTML.aspx?docname=c04284096#Standard%20Features%20-%20Custom%20Components

Fastest:
Intel Pentium 4 670 Processor
(3.8-GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
 

LookItsRain

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Neither of them are upgradeable to worthwhile cpus. The t9600 is on a different socket, and will not work. The lga 775 mobo you have is very,very old and will not support any core 2 duo or quad.
 

dr_b_rad

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The socket type listed on the sellers page says:

Socket 478, Socket M, PGA478, Socket P

And the laptop has socket P.

I'm confused.
 
core 2 duo su7300, Socket BGA956
http://ark.intel.com/products/42791/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-SU7300-3M-Cache-1_30-GHz-800-MHz-FSB

Core 2 Duo T9600, Socket BGA479, PGA478
http://ark.intel.com/products/35563/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-T9600-6M-Cache-2_80-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB

BGA CPU's are not upgradeable as they are soldered to the motherboard.


For the desktop, here's a document that lists all the compatible CPU's:
http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetHTML.aspx?docname=c04284096#Standard%20Features%20-%20Custom%20Components

Fastest:
Intel Pentium 4 670 Processor
(3.8-GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
 

dr_b_rad

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Also, perhaps I miswrote the model, because the HP desktop is a larger upright tower than the picture and link you sent me to. Will that change the available upgrades?
 

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No, it will not, a mobo that supports your current 90nm pentium will not support anything below 90nm.
 


In that link, there is mention of the different tower sizes. The only real difference is that the smallest uses a different motherboard but with the same socket and a different "weaker" chipset. The main difference is that with the bigger tower you could fit a better GPU and PSU. But there really isn't any worthwhile upgrade path for the CPU and upgrading the other components, they would be bottle-necked by the CPU.

There is an upgrade for the desktop CPU, but that 0.6ghz won't change much.

For the laptop, it is what it will ever be. You can only upgrade the HDD and RAM, but not really worth doing that. If you want more speed, just do your best to keep things from running in the background and keep it as clean as possible, both software and hardware.
 

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