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Upgrade processor

Question asked by hulsets on May 17, 2017
Latest reply on May 20, 2017 by conraire

Guidance desperately needed! I promised my son that I would help him get an Elgato (captures video games) hooked up to his computer and XBox. Long story short, I didn't realize that the machine (specifically the processor) isn't up to the task of running the capture card/rendering.etc.

 

Current machine:

Emachine

AMD Athalon II X2 dual core processor

Nividia GeForce 6150SE

4 GN DDR2 memory

Windows 10

 

Elgato website says that I need a new processor that is at least as powerful as the 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 or 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processors.

 

1st question is, what are my options for an AMD processor that is at least as powerful as a 2nd generation Intel i5?

 

2nd question: Can I just plug and play? Is it as simple as removing fan, un-clipping current CPU, plugging new one in, adding some heat sink goop, locking it down and then putting fan back in place? Will the computer just boot back up and just do it's thing..... only faster?

 

My son and I have taken it apart to get a look at the current processor so no bid deal there. And, I've upgraded DDR2 RAM before, so..... Is this do-able?

 

Thank you so much for your time.

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