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Should I upgrade my Processor?

By Hihihigood
Jul 26, 2009
  1. I would like to know if i should upgarde to a AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Processor?
    Link--------- http://techspot.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=60511217/st=product/sv=title



    My Info.
    Operating System System Model
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States) nVIDIA C51PVM06 FAB1.0
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    2,40 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
    256 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Not hyper-threaded Board: nVIDIA 6150BK8MC FAB1.0
    Serial Number: WY3Q61201503
    Bus Clock: 201 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 01/23/2006
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    480,10 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    439,45 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
     
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Whether you should upgrade depends on your use. The question arises only when something is not doing what it's supposed to do or if you're looking to do something else.

    If the current processor serves your purpose and is running good, then you needn't. Well that's just my opinion. :)
     
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Phenom quad-cores, and any other quad core processors, are typically used for heavier multi-tasking and tasks that take advantage of the additional cores, such as DVD ripping, video encoding, and some of the newest games. If you use your computer for general-purpose tasks, such as web browsing, playing music/video, and using some lighter software, this extra power is typically not required. Of course, having extra cores is NEVER a bad thing and will extend the life of your system indefinitely.
     
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    @ ExcellR8 : But do you think that only upgrading the processor will be of much benefit? And if he is planning on gaming/ video encoding then wouldn't it be necessary for him to look to upgrade mobo/ PSU, etc.?
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Looks like you have a Socket 939 motherboard. If so, you cannot upgrade to an AM2 CPU; you'll need to find a 939 CPU faster than what you currently have.

    Can you confirm your motherboard's specs via CPU-Z or SIW?
     
  6. Hihihigood

    Hihihigood TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok guys. How can i tell if i can upgrade the prossor how can i tell? Is there a website?
    And yes i do need the power boost.
     
  7. Hihihigood

    Hihihigood TS Rookie Topic Starter

    O and I also need to put 4 gigs of Ram that would give it a big power boost as well??
     
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Your mobo is a socket 939. And as Rage above mentioned, you can't upgrade to an AM2 / AM2+ processors like the Phenom 9600. You'll also have to change your motherboard. I suggest you look into the AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE if you do change the board. Its just slightly more expensive than the 9600 but should be a better performer from what I can see. A lot of people here seem to like it.

    As for the board I suggest you look into Gigabyte/ ASUS. Since you don't mention what you'll be using the computer for, I'm not specifying any chipset.

    And for your RAM, 2 - 4 Gigs is good to go...

    Let us know what works out for you. :)
     
  9. red1776

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

    if you really have to stick with your 939, you could get on ebay and find an athlon 64 x2 6000
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

  11. red1776

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

    an am2 working in a 939 motherboard? ....well ya learn something new every day... i didn't know that!
     
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

  13. Hihihigood

    Hihihigood TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok This is my second computer and the first computer I ever built. I play some small games on it, burn movies and download lots of things. I would like to turn it Into more of a computer that I can play higher end games on.

    Now if I was to get a whole new motherboard, would I have to get all new RAM and stuff like that? Should I look into getting the x3 prosseor?
     
  14. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Hi Hihihigood,

    the X3 720 works with both AM2+ and AM3 motherboards. If you get AM2+ boards only DDR2 RAM will be supported. On AM3 mobos, only DDR3 RAM will be supported. The X3 720 is capable of using both DDR2 and DDR3.

    Now the choice between AM2+ and AM3 is yours.
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    I solemnly promise to never post in an AMD thread again:eek: (Unless it's way off topic of course:evil:).
     
  16. Hihihigood

    Hihihigood TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok. How can i tell what processor i can put in my motherboard??????
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    OK, I promised never to post in an AMD thread ON topic. but, if you go to your motherboard's website, they should have a page with a CPU compatibility chart, which will also tell you which version of the BIOS must with each CPU.

    Oh well, that's a general statement anyway, so I haven't really gone back on my word.
     
  18. Hihihigood

    Hihihigood TS Rookie Topic Starter

  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Again, the Phenom is a bad choice compared to current-gen Phenom IIs.
     
  20. Hihihigood

    Hihihigood TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What processor do you think I should get???
     
  21. red1776

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

  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I agree. The X3 720 trounces the 9600 and is a fantastic bang-for-buck chip right now.
     
  23. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    I agree too.
     
  24. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Of no consequence, however, I've got the X3 720 myself now! :D
     
  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Congratulations Ritwik7! I'm sure you will be extremely satisfied with your purchase!
     
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