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Chapter 32. Deciding to Upgrade > Upgrading Your Processor

Upgrading Your Processor

Because your processor is largely responsible for how fast your PC and your programs run, upgrading your processor will generally make most things run faster. Bear in mind, if you replace the Pentium II 400MHz processor in your PC with a 500MHz Pentium II processor, your computer will not necessarily operate as fast as a PC built from the ground up, such as a 500MHz Pentium II computer. It is not just the processor that determines how fast your PC operates. Other technologies also come into play, and these differences contribute to the computer's speed and performance.

MHz is the abbreviation for megahertz (millions of hertz per second) and is used as a measurement for the oscillating timing frequency used by processors. In simple terms, it is an indication of the relative speed of a processor.



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