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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I have a Packard Bell 820. I would like to know:

Can I buy a new CPU or is there someway that I can upgrade this one?

- - CT, January 2000

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

The Packard Bell Multimedia 820 shipped with a Cyrix MII-300MHz processor. To upgrade your CPU to any significant speed on the same motherboard, you will require an upgrade kit, such as those offered by PowerLeap, Evergreen Technologies, or Kingston Technology (linked to our Vendors page). These kits include a new processor and the required adapter and voltage regulator to fit into your Socket-7 connector. They can bring your system up to the performance of a K6-2/400  (Kingston, Evergreen) or even a K6-III/400 (PowerLeap), depending on how much you want to spend. From our CPU Comparator, you can see that these upgrades would about double your current speed!

You would also benefit by increasing your computer's memory to at least 64MB or adding a new, faster (and larger) hard drive to adequately meet today's software requirements.

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