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Old 12-29-2009, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is my motherboard/setup ready for a dual core processor?

I am interested in maybe upgrading my single core processor to a dual core but I am not sure that my current setup will be able to handle it.

My motherboard is a Acer Aspire T180. Also, I believe that my power supply is a 250 watt but I can double check if needed. Having a single core computer to play games with kind of makes things a bit slow.

I have a laptop with a dual core but I don't use it for playing games because the graphics card on the laptop is integrated into the motherboard and is very low quality.

Anyway, all I'm basically asking is whether or not I would be able to upgrade to a dual core based on my current setup, how do I find out what processor is compatible, or do I need to just stop and consider getting a more powerful power supply first and then get a processor (w/ thermal paste of course).

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Old 12-29-2009, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is my motherboard/setup ready for a dual core processor?

acer aspire t180 is your desktop model #, not your mobo model

download CPUID

run it. go to the mainboard tab and post the info under "motherboard"

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Default Re: Is my motherboard/setup ready for a dual core processor?

Also a rig with a single-core cpu is likely to have a crappy gpu even if it isn't integrated. What do you have? You may have to upgrade that as well. If you only have a 250 watt psu, this is likely the case. You'll probably have to upgrade both of those things as well if you want to increase your performance by any kind of decent margin. In fact, it is probably time for a whole new build.
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