16. Upgrading the CPU

In This Chapter

Getting to know the CPU

Learning about cores, clock speeds, and other CPU specs

Buying a CPU

Taking an existing CPU out of your PC

Installing a new CPU into your PC

So far, you’ve learned about upgrading PC parts such as the power supply, hard drive, CD or DVD drive, memory, and video card. Those seem like (and are) reasonable things to upgrade but, if you’re like most people, the idea of upgrading your PC’s CPU seems daunting, to say the least. Isn’t the CPU, you know, important? Why would anyone mess around with that? It’s true that a CPU upgrade isn’t for everyone. It’s a much more involved task than the other upgrades, and you can turn your PC into a large and expensive boat anchor if the ...

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