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    I am largely a PC hardware "moron" so please bear with me if my inquiry is abit on the ridiculous side. However, I am thinking of purchasing a Sony Vaio model VGC-RA820G. This model utilizes Intels 915p chipset/board and sports a Pentium 4 @3.2Ghz. I do not currently know the motherboards manufacturer.

    My question is that I wish to upgrade the current processor to a Pentium D. Preferrably either the 820 @ 2.8Ghz or the 830 @ 3.0Ghz Model. Both chips (P4 and D) run on LGA 775 type motherboards. Is anything, like I am suggesting, even remotely and safely possible?

    The reason I wish to pursue this route is because I have found a pretty good deal on this Vaio RA model. But unfortunately it does not sport the CPU I am quite looking for. Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Even though both processors contain the same numbers of pins, I think the pin layout is different, so no it won't work.
    http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/dualcoreintel/

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    If you're thinking about replacing a CPU on a new PC then why don't you just build your own computer? You end up with each component being those that you choose.

    Also... I highly recommend that you look at what AMD has to offer instead of Intel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spirex
    Even though both processors contain the same numbers of pins, I think the pin layout is different, so no it won't work.
    http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/dualcoreintel/
    ummm.....it won't work, according to that link, because of lack of chipset support
    where'd you get the idea about the pin-out?

    and wtf are they thinking? another Intel biased site or what?
    "Hey...let's match up a dual core Intel with a single core AMD to make Intel look good."

    Intel fanboys....meh.....

    why didn't they try the D against a lower end, hence lower priced, X2?
    think about it....
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  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    Its an old article when the price of an x2 was alot more than a pentium d and the theres a slight difference in the pinout to determine if the processor is dual core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spirex
    Its an old article when the price of an x2 was alot more than a pentium d and the theres a slight difference in the pinout to determine if the processor is dual core.
    ahhh, see, I didn't look at the article date

    but seriously, it said nothing about pin-out, in fact, it said that a 775 would take a D,
    except in the case of lack of support from the motherboard (BIOS) or chipset (915)

    it was a serious question about where you got the pin idea, btw
    to me, a 775 is a 775 is a 775, or should be
    I'm in the IT field, our office buys Dell, meaning they buy Intel
    (if I were in a postion to change that I would, but.....)
    if there is indeed an alternative configuration,
    (which would be erroneous on Intel's part IMO, but that's neither here nor there),
    it is something I would very much like to know
    if a CPU blows past the warranty period, but still in the lifetime of the 775,
    it would be a PITA to get the replacement parts all fugged up
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    It hardly matters whether or not the motherboard supports your dream chip or not...it's a Sony and that's a deal-breaker right there.

    Sony's bite the big one, consistently and without exception.
    The industry's worst customer support and even more proprietary than Dell.

    Do yourself a favor and pass this "good deal" by.
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    Thanks, guys.

    I suppose the "ultimate" answer to my question would be a:

    great big, god-damned, HELL NO!


    Most likely then, I would be far better off to wait for that "good deal" in something of a Pentium D flavor to begin with. That is unless I feel like swapping boards. And that would defeat the purpose of being in search of that "great deal".

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