Need help upgrading my CPU and RAM

By joeschmotz ยท 7 replies
Jul 1, 2009
  1. Hi! I own a Compaq Presario computer with an AMD Sempron processor and 2 GB RAM installed. There are only two available slots for RAM, and the computer was advertised as being upgradable to 4 GB. Can anyone tell me the most powerful processor AMD processor I can upgrade this computer with, as well as the best memory (2-2G sticks) to use?? Here are the MOBO specs...

    Motherboard description Motherboard manufacturer's name: Asus M2N68-LA
    HP/Compaq name: Ivy8-GL6

    CPU/Processor Socket: AM2
    Supports the following processors:
    Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology
    Athlon 64

    Front-side bus (FSB) 2000MT/s (2.0 GT/s)

    Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

    BIOS features System BIOS core brand: Award
    Keyboard combination to used to enter BIOS: F10

    Form factor Micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in

    Memory Dual channel memory architecture
    Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
    Supported DIMM types:
    PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
    PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
    Supports up to 4 GB*
    32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

    NOTE: *Actual available memory may be less

    Expansion slots Two PCI
    One PCI Express x16 graphics (for graphics card)
    One PCI Express x1 (for cards such as network, sound, tv-tuner)

    Video graphics Integrated graphics using nVidia GeForce 6150SE
    Up to 256MB of system memory (with 512MB or more system memory)
    Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards

    NOTE: Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently.

    Parallel ATA One 40-pin UltraDMA 100/66/33 connector
    Supports PIO, multi-word DMA modes
    Supports two PATA disk drives on one PATA ribbon cable (two drives total)

    Serial ATA Two SATA connectors:
    SATA1 = Black
    SATA2 = White

    Supports 1 SATA 150 or SATA 300 disk drive on each SATA connector
    Speed up to 1.5Gb/sec or 3.0Gb/sec, complying with SATA 1.0 and SATA 2.0 specifications

    NOTE: The faster rate of 3.0Gb/sec requires that both the hard drive and the motherboard support it. If one or the other does not support 3.0 Gb/sec, the system negotiates down to the slower 1.5 Gb/sec.

    RAID Not currently supported by HP PCs using this motherboard.
    Onboard audio 6 channel high-definition audio
    Audio CODEC: ALC888
    Onboard LAN 10/100Mbps LAN PHY
    PCI Realtek RTL8201N

    Onboard USB USB 2.0
    Eight ports total
    four connectors on back panel
    additional headers on motherboard support 4 additional ports/devices

    NOTE: Some USB ports may not be available externally for customer use. For more information, see model specifications.

    Back panel I/0 One PS/2 mouse port (green)
    One PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
    One VGA port
    Two USB 2.0
    One RJ-45 networking port
    Three Stereo-mini audio jacks for:
    Line-in (light blue)
    Line-out (lime)
    Microphone-in (pink)

    Internal connectors One 24-pin ATX power connector
    One 4-pin ATX power connector
    One PATA connector
    Two SATA connectors
    One floppy drive connector
    Two 12v fan connectors for CPU fan and PC fan
    One 9-pin header for power button, reset button, power LED, and HDD LED
    One line input connector (interupts line input on back panel, Vista capable, requires matching front audio jack module)
    One 9-pin audio header for headphone-out and microphone-in (yellow, Vista capable, requires matching front audio jack module)
    Two USB headers supporting 4 additional USB 2.0 ports or devices
    One Intel high-definition Audio/Modem Link (Not used by HP)
    One jumper for resetting BIOS settings
    One jumper to disable BIOS password checking

    Thanks a bunch!!!!
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    You can install two 2GB sticks, but your OS will be unable to use it since 32-bit OSes cannot use that much RAM. So I'd advise sticking with 2GB, especially if you're running XP. However, if you're looking to get Vista x64 or Windows 7 x64, then buy this RAM kit.

    And this is the fastest CPU you can use. I don't know about that site, but it seems legit and has good ratings on Froogle. Do check around before you buy from them though.

    FYI, here is a link to Compaq's page for your particular motherboard.
  4. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    sorry i couldnt read the whole stuff!
    u can go in for the athlon 64 x2(dual core)
    upgrade the ram to 3gb ddr2,beyond that u need a 64bit os
    go in for a dx10 graphic card with atleast 512mb memory.
  5. joeschmotz

    joeschmotz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Thanks for the help!

    Thanks for the help! I will make sure the processor is compatible with the board. Also, I was planning on upgrading to the 64-bit Vista Home or Ultimate anyway, so I will probably upgrade to the full 4 GB RAM. In another thread awhile back, someone pointed me toward a new power supply and video card, so I know what I am gonna get there.
  6. joeschmotz

    joeschmotz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It's me again!

    Hey I found this processor on eBay, will this one work okay? Thanks!

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ - ADO4800IAA5DD

    General information

    Type CPU / Microprocessor

    Family AMD Athlon 64 X2

    Model 4800+

    Part number ADO4800IAA5DD

    Stepping codes CAALG NAA4G

    Frequency (MHz) 4800+ (rated)

    2500 (real)

    Package 940-pin organic microPGA

    Socket Socket AM2
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yep, that would be the fastest CPU you can use in that PC. It will work without issues IMO.
  8. joeschmotz

    joeschmotz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22


    Ok thank you!
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