Converting My Pentium 4 Desktop to a Core 2 Duo or Dual Core

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Peachesbackwards, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Peachesbackwards

    Peachesbackwards Member

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    Can someone give me a general guess as to what's involved in regards to costs & parts to "convert" my desktop to either a Core 2 Duo or Dual Core. I currently have an HP Pentium 4 Medium center computer, XP, 120 GB hard drive.

    I'm figuring to go to either a Core 2 or dual core, I have to buy a barebones system with the applicable fan unit, power supply, RAM, processor, motherboard & case. The rest of what is in my HP m260n Computer can be transferred into this new system, right? I want to keep XP as my operating system.

    I figure getting someone to do this will cost $150 for their labor & say $300 for the barebones system or is that too little? Would appreciate anyones input.

    Note, I'm using this computer as my second computer & my main computer a Toshiba Tecra Notebook is a Core 2 Duo.
     
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  2. ThatGuy16

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    Are you sure its a "260n" i can't find it anywere or do you have a link to the specs? we need to find out what socket your motherboard is depending on what you can upgrade to. And i would do it yourself its really simple, and if the motherboard isn't able to upgrade though it probably is you wouldn't want a barebone kit they are rip offs. If you were to go that far you might as well go ahead and build a whole new system. (replacing the motherboard any would require you purchasing a new copy of Windows XP) thats around ~$115.
     
  3. Peachesbackwards

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    Sorry its HP m260n I'm correcting that in my original post
     
  4. apj101

    apj101 Administrator Staff Member

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    not true; if you call microsoft and tell them that you have upgraded the system mobo and cpu they will re-activate the xp or vista copy for you.
     
  5. ThatGuy16

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    O yeah, i didn't think about that :p. They should give it to you..
     
  6. lovely?

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    pal i would do it for soooo much cheapper, just because it doesnt take much time at all. mby 40$ TOPS
     
  7. ThatGuy16

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    it takes 10 minutes at the most to swap the processor :D
     
  8. Peachesbackwards

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    I'm very confused. So I'd appreciate someone giving me a more detailed answer. To begin with, you can not just swap a core 2 processor and put it in a Pentium
    4 computer by just removing the CPU, correct? You are going to need at minimum a new motherboard, new fan/cooling unit, new RAM & new power source, correct? Is there anything else I didn't include?

    To do that, you would then have to transfer the other parts of my HPm260n
    (hard drive, DVDRW, CD Drive, etc., into the new core 2 computer that is being assembled). This doesn't seem to me something that someone would just charge $40 to do.

    Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  9. Bradan

    Bradan New Member

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    since you put it that way why dont you build a new system?
     
  10. Peachesbackwards

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    Well this is building a new system using the parts of my old system, isn't it oor am I missing something?
     
  11. oscaryu1

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    If your motherboard is an LGA775 and has Core 2 Duo support, you can convert.

    If your motherboard will work with an Core 2 Duo all you'll need to replace is the CPU fan. Otherwise, the Motherboard, Memory, CPU, CPU Fan, and possibly the power supply.
     

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