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Windows 7: I want to Cast tabs to Chromecast: Upgrade CPU or whole system?

01 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
I want to Cast tabs to Chromecast: Upgrade CPU or whole system?

First: I have to admit, I'm more of a software guy and never have been a hardware techie. I have an old system. I'm not sure of the age, but it has to be over five years old. It started out running Windows XP and I installed Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit back in 2009.

System Specs:

Windows 7 PC 64-bit 3 GB RAM, Intel Pentium 2.79 GHz 2.80GHz (per the System Info page)

I don't know the graphics and sound cards, etc... I am not at home right now.

I would like to be able to cast pages to the new Google Chromecast.

Here are the requirements:

If I got something like this, could I just pop it in on the existing Motherboard?

Would I need a completely new Motherboard?

Should I just upgrade the whole system?

I am trying to save $$$

I don't do anything major on my computer. Word processing, e-mail, surfing, etc... I do photography (not professionally) and use Adobe Lightroom for editing.

Thank you :)
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01 Aug 2013   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

With that CPU you would need a new motherboard, the 4th gen i5 uses a 1150 socket they just came out about 2 months ago.

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01 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

So, I need to throw in something like this:

Are there other options? Like maybe an earlier generation CPU??
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01 Aug 2013   #4

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

If you get a new mobo and cpu, you'll also need to buy new memory. You'll probably also need to re-install Windows.

My advice would be to try the Chromecast adapter with your present computer, then decide whether it works well enough or that you need to upgrade.
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02 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Also, I never consider minimum specs when dealing with anything. Minimum specs mean you can turn it on, or start the function, but it may not be feasible to use. I'd not dump money into upgrading your system if it is really old....I know it sucks but sometimes you just have to buy new/build new.
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02 Aug 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Posting your exact specs would be useful, this tutorial has a tool that will do the leg work.
Having model name of the TV would be useful too.

Might be possible to connect the TV wirelessly or through the network somehow.
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