Beautiful word «socket» in a personal computer can be referred as a software interface and connector to install the processor. Let’s talk about the second interpretation of the term «socket» because this issue is important for all users who want to buy a newer and faster processor.
Actually, the change of processor to a faster (higher frequency), is part of the computer upgrade. With the processor, the frequency is higher, faster work programmes, this shift can allow to run more modern games (which is perhaps the old «stone» «not pulled»).
One of the important criteria for the selection of a new CPU to upgrade your PC — suitable for installation on the motherboard socket. Socket called a socket on the motherboard to install the CPU. It looks like a plastic square connector with many pins (holes under the legs of the CPU or springy «legs» that will touch the pins on the processor).
Today there are many types of sockets (Intel and AMD), many of which are already outdated.
Types of sockets for Intel processors:
Socket 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Sоcket 370 (for Pentium 3), 423, 478 (for Pentium 4 first, so many people buying these computers), 603/604, and PAC418 611, LGA771, .LGА775 (more often and it works well), 1567, 1366, 1156, 1155, 2011, 1356, 1150, 1151.
Helpful hint: how to know what socket is on your motherboard? If you know sockets «in your face», just Unscrew the case, remove the CPU cooler and see. It is also possible without removing the cooler, find the motherboard name (written on it) and find its description in Internet. If you with the technique «on you», you better find the documents that describe the computer configuration and read the description of the motherboard there.
Types of sockets for AMD processors:
Super Socket 7, Socket A (462) (K7 processors (remember the name Athlon, Athlon, Sempron, Duron?), 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FМ1 and 2, FМ2+, F, F+, C32, G34.
Sale today most often there are processors (and therefore motherboard) socket 2011-2015 model years. This is for Intel 1150, 1155, 1156. This is for AMD AM2+, AM3+, FM1 and 2.
Note that the processor in the socket should be installed without too much physical effort. If somehow miraculously the CPU installed in the wrong socket, it will not work.
Helpful hint: to purchase a new motherboard and processor, if you saw in the documents that your computer has a motherboard and CPU LGA 775, for example? Unambiguous answer I can not give. Think about it — if the performance suits you, and you can solve all their problems, then the upgrade is unnecessary, don’t waste your money. If to launch the necessary programs and games is very time consuming, we should probably think about updating iron.