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Can I Upgrade to This?

By xKrNMBoYx
Dec 10, 2008
  1. Here is the deal. I have to go work soon, so I might not be able to give you all the information needed.

    I am thinking about upgrading my computer CPU Processor to a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+.

    I dont know if it will be compatible, so I was wondering if someone can help.

    I have a:

    Compaq Presario SR5507F
    Asus M2N68-LA (IVY8) *Motherboard

    At the Compaq website, it states that I can run all AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processors.
    Is this true?
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    yes that Mother board will support the Athlon X2 processors according to the manufacturer, if your upgrading from a single core you may need a bios upgrade for it to recognize the dual core. if you havent already. be careful upgrading the bios though, go to Hp site to do it and download it. do not do it from a third party over the net or disaster may insue
     
  3. xKrNMBoYx

    xKrNMBoYx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yea, the computer orignally came with a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4050e

    So I already used/had a dual core so I dont need a BIO upgrade right?
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    nope,you should be good to go, dont forget thermal compound, and it will probably take an additional reboot after it says found new hardware to start using the other core.
     
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Don't expect a big change in performance, though.
     
  6. xKrNMBoYx

    xKrNMBoYx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    are you saying that there is not much difference from 2.10Ghz and 3.2Ghz? I hope not...
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It will only be noticeable on games and the like, where the increased frequency and cache memory will yield higher\smoother performance. But for everyday use, the difference will be negligible.
     
  8. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    No, I am saying that most people who make this change of processors are disappointed by the change in performance vs the cost and the investment in time. See this over and over.
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I know what you mean, especially when moving from one dual-core CPU to another, unless the dual-core in question is a budget model with a very low amount of cache memory and the upgrade has at least twice the amount (or more) cache memory and at least a 500MHz higher frequency.
     
  10. xKrNMBoYx

    xKrNMBoYx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh I see. Well there's only a .1% or lower chance I will be able to upgrade. Yea, if it will help with gaming then I'm fine. Once AMD Phenom comes out with a 3.0GHZ or higher then I will upgrade my motherboard and all but until the i'm stuck with this.

    I bought a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ for 99 cents. It has "several" bent pins. I havnt recieved it yet. I probably will break the pins trying to fix it, but oh well, its a save if I do get it to work
     
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