Upgrading AMD 939 socket processor

By Krystianb
Feb 14, 2011
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  1. I currently am running an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2Ghz , 939 Pin processor, I have been Looking around for a good proccessor but i need some help on price and the best choice for me, Dual core would be good, if anybody could name the best processor for me to buy, Medium priced ones i dont want to spend alot, i just want to imrpove my system could someone also tell me what diffrences the proccesor would make to good one that would be worth to buy.

    I was Looking at 'AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 2.0GHz 1MB socket 939 Dual Core' And im wondering if it would imrpove my computer alot? as its a Dual core, and a 1Mb.
    My 3200+ Single is

    L1 Data Cache Size 64 KBytes
    L1 Instructions Cache Size 64 KBytes
    L2 Unified Cache Size 512 KBytes
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    it would help but the 939 socket is dead so how much of a difference really comes down to if you think the money is worth the upgrade IMO save your money and get a much nicer system for not much more you can pick up an AM3 MB and 4Gb DDR3 and a tri core cpu for less than or around $200 usd.
  3. Krystianb

    Krystianb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Yea, For now i just wanna upgrade this, i cba to buy a new motherbord, Ram, Cpu, it would take time and i aint got 200$ to spent for now, i just wanted a CPu for around 40$ or so, So my question is if i got a, 2.4Ghz Dual core 1 - 2Mb Cache would it improve alot? or slightly, so i can see if its worth the money, maybe in the future i will buy a whole new system etc..
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    you would notice an increase but not much of one also would help with more ram.
  5. foxdelta

    foxdelta Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Caution!

    Check your MOBO handbook to make sure that it can handle a dual core processor such as the one you mentioned.

    I think it is sage advice not to waste your hard earned cash if you can be patient; instead save it up and then splash on a new system spec. Equally don't go spending money on a CPU that is not compatible as these things can turn into money pits very quickly!

    Best of luck with your upgrade!
  6. Krystianb

    Krystianb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    I've recently upgraded to 2Gb ram so thats enough i guess, could someone tell me how to check that MOBO handbook ? Sorry im quite noob.
  7. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 862   +75

    You should save your money. It would cost too much to buy a 939 CPU at this point. Aside from ram and a graphics card you really don't have any options for an upgrade. $200 will get you something very nice if you aren't interested in games.
  8. Krystianb

    Krystianb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Problem is i dont really need massive upgrade for now, In a years time or so it will be all cheapear then i want to buy a new whole system i dont need now because eveyrthing working fine when my pc gets very outdated etc then i will improve, i found this Opteron 185 2.6Ghz Dual 1mb Cache 939 Socket. It would work on my computer? or how can i check, i think i can get it for pretty cheap
  9. foxdelta

    foxdelta Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Look inside your PC. Find the Motherboard Make and model. Google it and check the spec for which type of Skt 939 CPU it can take.

    I had an ASUS motherboard that was Skt 939 but it could not take the Athlon x2 CPUs. This is why i say check before you buy something you cannot use.

    Good luck.
  10. Krystianb

    Krystianb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Msi - Amethyst-M is the Motherbord's Make + Model i will look but if i cannot would somebody be able to help ?
  11. foxdelta

    foxdelta Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    This Yours?

    Ok,
    I googled and found this based on your description. It looks like it can take the athlon x2 up to 4800 so you may be in luck!

    MSI MS-7184 Amethystm-GL6E AMD SOCKET 939 DDR Oem Motherboard

    Motherboard description
    Motherboard manufacturer's name: MSI MS-7184
    CPU/Processor
    Socket: 939
    Supports AMD Athlon 64 X2 (up to 4800+) and Sempron (up to 3200+) processors
    System bus
    2000 MegaTransfers/second or 1600 MegaTransfers/second depending on the processor
    Chipset
    Northbridge: ATI RS482
    Southbridge: ATI SB400
    BIOS features
    The mainboard BIOS provides “Plug & Play” BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically
    The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications
    Supports boot from LAN, USB Device 1.1 & 2.0, and SATA HDD
    Form factor
    Micro-ATX: 24.4cm X 24.4cm
    Memory
    Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
    Supports dual channel, eight memory banks DDR 333/400 DDR DIMMs
    Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMMs


    I hope this helps. Let us all know how you get on with your decisions :approve:
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,435   +281

    If you are going to do this I recommend updating the BIOS before upgrading the CPU. That way if you needed a newer BIOS to run the CPU you won't have to swap back when your new one doesn't work initially.
  13. Krystianb

    Krystianb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    How can i Update my BIOS sorry im not good with proccessor ;

    I will popably get the 4200+ x2

    I will take a Screenshot of my Motherbord details on 'Speccy' it Shows BIOS too.


    Here, http://www.uploadscreenshot.com/image/254702/8453416 My Motherbord Specs
  14. Krystianb

    Krystianb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    This is my Bios Info
    Phoenix - Award Bios v6.00PG, How can i know if this will support the Amd athlon x2 4200?
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,435   +281



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