Chapter 5. Processors

The Truth About Processor Performance
Processor Characteristics
Processor Types
CPU Coolers
Processor Upgrade Considerations
Replacing the Processor
Troubleshooting Processors

The processor, also called the CPU (Central Processing Unit), is the engine that drives the system. Replacing the processor requires some careful research to ensure that the new processor is compatible with the current motherboard and other system components, but a processor swap, properly done, can be one of the highest bang-for-the-buck upgrades you can make. In some cases, you can double or even triple overall system performance by spending $50 to $100 on a new processor. In this chapter, we tell you everything you need to know to choose and install a replacement processor.

Repairing and Upgrading Your PC
Repairing and Upgrading Your PC
ISBN: 059600866X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 126

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