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Central processing unit for Gateway computer

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?

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  • Ragnar Nov 07, 2007

    I'd thought about doing precisely what you've suggested. The computer shows come to the Baltimore area on a more or less regular basis, so I could probably get one there, and sometimes the local places like Office Max have specials where they'll build your computer to your specs...I think I'll ask.

    Thanks muchly!!

  • Jim Haley
    Jim Haley Jul 22, 2012

    I have a Gateway 450 mini tower. It came with only 64 MB of Ram, so I was able to upgrade to 256 MB. I took out the 8.4 GB hard drive and replaced it with a 40 GB, then installed XP pro, using that, I increased the virtual memory . I hope that works for you.



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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.

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