Question about Gateway 450SX4 P4-M Notebook
I want to upgrade the CPU in my 9-yr. old Gateway #450 desktop PC to something faster than the original one that's in there now. I've replaced the hard drive and the modem several times and I know how to take apart a PC and reassemble it. The motherboard on this PC is proprietary as I understand it, and there may be other compatibility issues with a new CPU.
The problem I have is just the fact that the original CPU is so slow by today's standards but may not be replaceable because of the age of the unit. Can you help?
For a couple of hundred dollars you can get a much faster bare-bones desktop or tower and mb cpu combination and move your hardware to it. Upgrading your 450 isn't worth the trouble though jumpers on the board should handle upgrades to maybe 600MHz.
Posted on Nov 03, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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What is a CPU?
The Central Processing Unit, or CPU, is considered the brain of a computer.
Without this vital component, the computer wouldn't be able do any of the functions it is capable of doing. Basically, it is a chip that handles the moving and processing of data.
With each new upgrade, the CPU is getting faster and more powerful.
Speed and reliability is the name of the game when consumers are comparing CPU chips in the new PCs. F
or some, the brand of CPU is the major selling point for many when buying a new computer. The faster and more powerful the CPU, the more the computer will sell.
How Does it Work?
The CPU sits in the motherboard as the central unit.
All of the other hardware components and programs installed on the system must go through the CPU before their function can be carried out.
The CPU's job function is important and enormous in scale.
When a function, program or piece of data is called, the CPU pulls it from Random Access Memory (RAM) and any other hardware in order to process it.
The CPU then reads the instructions associated to the task before sending it back to RAM. The instructions that the CPU receives pertains to calculations and data transportation.
The system bus is the trail that the data must travel before it is executed.
It is the CPU's job to make sure that the data is guided through the system bus to be processed by the CPU and then on to the next step.
With every stop on the system bus, the CPU makes sure that the data gets there in the correct order.
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