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    Is it reasonable to "crank up" a Core 2 Duo PC?

    I just bought a Lenovo PC with Win 7 Pro ($95 net) to get Win 10 Pro for "free."
    • Refurbished: Lenovo Desktop Computer M57 Core 2 Duo 2.3GHz 3GB 160GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit
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    Primitive me, I'd thought I could migrate the Win 7 license to my Dell XPS 630i, Core2 Quad 2.40, 4GB 800 DDR2 (8GB max), w/ Win XP Pro. Oops, I should have realized Windows is anchored to the particular PC.

    Naturally I'd like my PC to be as fast as possible. Then I found a bunch of benchmarks that seem to indicate that the Lenovo Core 2 Duo is only about 5% slower than my old Core 2 Quad. Initial superficial side-by-side testing seems to indicate the two are very similar in speed.

    So then I ask -
    • Does it make sense to upgrade the CPU?
    • It's easy to add (or move) my decent video card and memory.


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    It's an ultra small form factor with a maximum of 4GB of sodimm RAM. Small means less room for cooling, a decent Quad + good graphics card will probably mean an upgrade of the PSU but still not have enough cooling potential for the better components.

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    Add a $7 CPU and the price of a tube of thermal grease is a no brainer.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/INTEL-CORE-2...25.m3641.l6368

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/33910,30783

    Assuming currently an E6550 (65nm) a E8400 gets you 700MHz faster and 2MB more L2 on a 45nm platform.

    I am bothered the specs call for 45W CPUs while mostly listing 65W CPUs including the one I believe you are running.

    While your RAM is not maxed out, at 3GB on a 32-bit OS it is pretty much as good as it gets. SO-DIMMs, so I doubt your "good" RAM would fit.

    I doubt that your MB has a video slot to hold a card. [check]

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    Note USB3 version available too. Amazon USA
    http://www.amazon.com/DROK-Current-V...ords=drok+oled

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