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Upgrading from a celeron 2.4 ghz

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October 25, 2012 10:28:12 PM

hello i am trying to help my mother upgrade her cpu, she has a celeron 2.4 ghz single core and it is painfully slow. and cant handle youtube without massive lags, yet she still usses it... i cannot find in system what her cpu is exactly it will say 2.4 ghz celeron. the problem is that inetel makes celeron across multiple socket sizes. so no help there, then i tried to figure out what cpu her mobo supported except i cannot find anywhere what the actual identifying marks of the mobo are, i wrote down every code on a sticker i could find and have come up empty handed. any ideas on how to find my socket without removing the cpu and inspecting?

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October 25, 2012 10:37:21 PM

Well if you are planning on swapping it out then you're going to have to remove it anyway. What kind of machine is it? HP, Dell, Acer? Custom built?
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October 25, 2012 11:00:59 PM

Here is a download (non spyware or malware) that can help identify your computer specs: http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe
Hope it's accurate for you.
( from this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/personal-news-announcements/9... )
(you don't have to go to tech guy website, the info is useful in other ways)

Otherwise, if your cpu is THAT old. You should just buy a new motherboard and cpu regardless. Upgrading to a different better celeron in that nm node wouldn't be much better.

Edit: wording changes
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October 25, 2012 11:02:13 PM

sololuke16 said:
hello i am trying to help my mother upgrade her cpu, she has a celeron 2.4 ghz single core and it is painfully slow. and cant handle youtube without massive lags, yet she still usses it... i cannot find in system what her cpu is exactly it will say 2.4 ghz celeron. the problem is that inetel makes celeron across multiple socket sizes. so no help there, then i tried to figure out what cpu her mobo supported except i cannot find anywhere what the actual identifying marks of the mobo are, i wrote down every code on a sticker i could find and have come up empty handed. any ideas on how to find my socket without removing the cpu and inspecting?


Download CPU-z and see what it says. It will tell you pretty much everything including your CPU model, CPU speed, motherboard model, motherboard socket, Ram type and Ram speed.
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October 25, 2012 11:05:49 PM

yeah no that i see i have to find a 478 socket cpu it is quite depressing, i know she wouldnt want a whole new mobo also because she thinks its fine how it is now, just is waaay behind the curve and doesnt mind. i do see they made dual core celeron d processors upto 3.3 ghz so i think i can find something (probably used) to get more juice for as little $ as i can
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October 25, 2012 11:07:06 PM

well maybe they arent dual cores
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October 25, 2012 11:11:34 PM

We need to know the exact cpu/motherboard first though.

If that link you gave us is the right CPU than ark says that: Intel® Celeron® Processor 2.80 GHz, 128K Cache, 400 MHz FSB
Is the latest in that family.. Although maybe if you updated your motherboard bios you could support a different cpu?

Edit: here's one for $5 dollar on ebay ha!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Celeron-Processor-2-80-GH...
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October 25, 2012 11:13:05 PM

so i found that socket 478 can have different suffix's the one that i have is

PPGA478

and i am looking at one with Socket 478 (mPGA478b)
will they be compatible?
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October 25, 2012 11:15:01 PM

NoUserBar said:
We need to know the exact cpu/motherboard first though.

If that link you gave us is the right CPU than ark says that: Intel® Celeron® Processor 2.80 GHz, 128K Cache, 400 MHz FSB
Is the latest in that family.. Although maybe if you updated your motherboard bios you could support a different cpu?


if it is the latest in the family and no other cpu's are beter for the mobo than there would be no need to upgrade because a mobo is out of budget.

i shall run the program and see if it tells me my mobo
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October 25, 2012 11:17:09 PM

Just build her a new computer with a SSD and take her old one away and trash it.
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October 25, 2012 11:22:51 PM

mobo is lite-on-tech 0888h
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October 25, 2012 11:23:00 PM

Build her a cheap APU system. It will be enough for her needs.
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October 25, 2012 11:23:11 PM

samuelspark said:
Just build her a new computer with a SSD and take her old one away and trash it.


trust me i would if the budget were over $150
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October 25, 2012 11:25:52 PM

I didn't mean that your cpu is the latest, I meat the one I talked about was the latest, yours isn't the latest. That ebay link is a link to that processor that is the "latest".

..But I'm not sure, sockets can span architectures sometimes. And other threads I am reading are suggesting that you can upgrade it to different types of CPUs. Dangerous though.

PPGA478 - Mobile socket 478 - also called Socket M

mPGA478b - Desktop socket 478

I found this information in another older thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/272885-30-socket-ppga...


I'm also reading up on it from google, that might be a good place to look for threads about it..

Here is one such thread: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=57...
The last post contains a link to a thread that might be useful? Does he have what you have?


Edit:
On second though, I think your best bet,would be to just save up enough money to buy a new computer. A $65 dollar trinity apu with a $55 dollar mobo would do the trick. You would have to have the drivers before hand though.
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October 25, 2012 11:35:05 PM

hmm this is a desktop and it definately had the ppg, not the mpg in the begining. however yes by the description our sockets are the same.
maybe my bios is reading it as a diffrent cpu for some reason. kind of how when you unlock a core it reads it as a different cpu.
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October 26, 2012 12:47:47 AM

if she had sata hdd and not ide i could just get a new mobo and cpu for her. but i am pretty sure they dont make any mobo's with ide connection anymore. and the converter is just too expensive to keep it on a budget. i e mailed the mobo manufacturer (i think it was them) asking if the mpga478b socket cpu would work
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October 26, 2012 2:37:40 AM

According to wikipedia.. LOL

T1200, T1250, T1300, T1350, T1400, T1500[1]
Intel Core Duo
T2050, T2250, T2300, T2300E, T2350, T2400, T2450, T2500, T2600, T2700[2]
Intel Core 2 Duo
T5200, T5300, T5500, T5600, T7200, T7400, T7600

Are all in that socket. Your motherboard might be proprietary though. (not allow upgrades)
Biggest number is best I guess.


Well there are ide to sata adapters out there for cheap.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This one makes it so you can use sata in your ide board. (changeing to a sata harddrive will make her comp faster probably especially if her hardrive is older and worn)

Here's one that will make it so you can use her drive as an external harddrive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Might be slower though.


And this one should make you able to use your IDE drive with a new sata port: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So you should be able to plug it into the board. Make sure you read the reviews, some nice warnings there.

Is it cheap enough xO?



I think it would be better to just upgrade since it's a desktop. Here are some newegg prices:

This is a hdmi enabled board for fm2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $23 dollar RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65 dollar APU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $12 dollar IDE to SATA adapter

Is that in your budget? This is $150 dollars total with shipping and handling increasing that price.

Could go cheaper and get a Llano APU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Motherboard hdmi enabled for $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... same ram will do $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50 APU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $12 dollar IDE to SATA adapter

I think that is the cheapest bare parts upgrade you can buy. Other than just replacing the cpu.
$135 total with shipping and handling increasing the price.

Other than that, I think you'll just have to find a cpu ofo of e-bay and the like. Also consider backing up her harddrive to a sata one in the future.

Do w/e you want~
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October 26, 2012 7:50:16 AM

thank you for the rundown of parts. i was having trouble finding an adapter for under 22 bucks, and she has 2 hard drives. but with that i can make her a nice upgrade. 150 was right where we were aiming for. thanks!
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October 30, 2012 6:25:09 PM

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