I have never upgraded a processor, but I am interested in doing so with the Pentium D930 in my Sony vgc-rc210g . If this is possible, what is involved, which processors would I be looking at, and what kind of performance increase would I get?
Don't lisen to Best_reviews, he's full of **** and so is anyone else that breaks the product name down and adds it up!
But anyway, I doubt you'll be able to upgrade your processor because your motherboard probably won't support it.
ur an annoying sonofa bitch. you go all over the forum adding freaking numbers. what is wrong with you? i take the forum seriously, as do all the people coming here for help. and here you are, posting some stupid-ass ****, creating useless threads and wasting people's time.
Jet320 - even though the Core2Duo CPUs use the same socket 775 as your Pentium D, Intel changed the electrical specifications when they introduced the Core2Duo, so chances are 99% that your MB can NOT be upgraded to a Core2Duo. Your only option would be a faster Pentium D, but you've already got a 3GHz Pentium D, so performance improvement probably would not even be noticeable.
Another thing to watch out for is that store-bought PCs like yours often come with the cheapest power supply barely sufficient for the purchased configuration. An 8800GS graphics card (which is very nice, by the way) will require a fair amount of additional +12V power from the PS. It's more likely than not that your current power supply would not be sufficient to power an 8800GS, so you'd also have to upgrade the PS. This Antec is of decent quality and has enough power for almost any future system you might imagine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This PS is a real bargain (after rebate), but only has 2 of the 4-pin peripheral connectors (i.e. the connectors used to power your hard drive, optical drive, and perhaps some other items) -- if you need more than 2, you'll have to spend another $5-10 on a splitter cable to get more such connectors. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total wattage doesn't really matter any more. What matters is the total supply of +12V amperage. The two biggest users of +12V on modern MBs are the CPU and graphics card, then hard and optical drives and misc other stuff. Your PS should have a sticker on the side that shows the max amps for each voltage (see for example the photos of the power supplies on newegg). If you can post a photo of yours, we should be able to figure out if you'll need an upgrade or not.
OK, on your PS, +12V1 is the part that powers the graphics card, hard drives, and other non-CPU stuff. The +12V2 powers the CPU. 10A +12V1 is not very much, so I would think you'd have to upgrade the PS if you want to upgrade the graphics card.
The best bet is probably to wait until you can get a whole new PC.