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Upgrading processor I have a Gateway 500S Plus purchased new in 2003 with 256mg of memory and upgraded to 1gb in March 2007. I would like to upgrade the processor. How do I go about doing this? Thank you

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Deanflyer did'nt give the best advise. upgrades are go according to what you are wanting to do with the system you have, which in this case, yours still has potential. ebay has a lot to offer for socket 478 mainboards. getting a new system is not always the best answer, especialy when you are on a budget. besides not everyone needs a new system.
Doing a search shows this system having a Pentium 4 processor. You are really only going to get incremental speed upgrades changing this to a faster version of the same CPU, plus the CPU is obsolete, so you'd have to find a second hand unit.

It looks like the system is an ATX motherboard, so you could install a new motherboard that would enable you to install a new faster CPU (i.e. Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Phenom etc). However things are not so simple as you will then need new memory (most new motherboards require DDR2 memory).

The graphics card will probably be AGP, so you will need a new graphics card as well. Hard drive interfaces have also changed so you may need to shell out for a newer SATA hard drive. You can however buy SATA to PATA adapters but hard drives are really cheap nowadays.

Basically - it is rarely worthwhile upgrading a PC. I'd suggest selling it and purchasing a new system unit. You can of course still keep your keyboard/mouse/peripherals.
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