Want to upgrade CPU

By Edwin Phate · 7 replies
Jun 1, 2010
  1. Hey guys I think this will be my final upgrade to this computer ive had since 08.
    I want to upgrade the Cpu/processor. I believe its a Socket AM2 PGA-940.
    so i want to upgrade to will it fit?
    I am also reading that socket AM2+ and AM3 might work on my computer I attached a everest quick report if that might help.

    Computer Model number:Aspire M1100
    Bios Vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    CPU: amd athlon X2 Dual core processor BE-2300 1.90
    bios: Award (10/10/07)
    Motherboard name: Acer F690GVM

    PSU:650 watt BFG +12V1 20a +12V2 20a

    * RAM: 5GB 3x1gb 1x2gb

    * Hard Drive:250 gb

    * Optical Storage: DVD±RW

    * Graphics Card: Geforce 9600gt Lp/7300gs(9600gt is over heating)
    i thought it was the PSU i upgraded from a 350watt to a 650
    btw i will have a new card tomorrow this is it.

    * OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

    I was reading on new egg that its fairly easy to overclock the cpu to 3.0 if this is true can anyone start me in a direction of how?
    Ive done quite a bit of googling and it seems this might be the best i can do Athlon 64 X2 6000+ :(
    $55 is it even worth it or should i opt to overclock?

    okay now see this guy seems to have a quad core phenom in the same mb or am i misreading?

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  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    AM2 is completely compatible with AM2+, however, there exists some issues which need to be overcome before attempting to put in AM2+ processor on AM2 boards. The major problem is Compatible BIOS, you need to check your motherboard manufacturer's site for updated version of BIOS for your motherboard.

    Secondly, quard core processors require more power, and some older AM2 motherboards may be not be able to provide extra juice. This is one difficult issue to identify, as AMD and motherboard manufacturers are pretty vague about this (IMHO), so the best thing you could do is to check your motherboard manufacturer's site and see whether they have updated compatible processor's list.

    Lastly, it seems that is the same motherboard as yours, and as I said AM2+ processor(s) should work with AM2 sockets provided the above issues are resolved/or not present.

    Goodluck with your upgrade, and let us know if you need further assistance. Regards
  3. Edwin Phate

    Edwin Phate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140

    i looked everywhere for a bios upgrade nothing :( but my gfx card came in and bumped my aero score to 7.3 in graphics department. how much of a performance boost would the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ give me?
    Or should i just get a new Mobo It would have to be Mirco ATx cause thats what my case is.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well have a look at this tom's review and see whether it answers your question.
  5. Edwin Phate

    Edwin Phate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140

    well that doesnt really answer my question because im stil not even 100% sure i can use the phenom 9500's I think i read those would work but im not certain. besides thats comparing athlon 5600 not 6000 which i believe is the maximum I can use for the athlons. Im not even entirely sure ive read so many things.... Wish someone knew a for sure answer. Thank you guys for your responses.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    The Phenom for which you provided a link above, will be roughly 25%+ (give or take few %age points) faster than the Athlon X2 6000. However, as you are unable to find an updated BIOS, I suggest you to go for Athlon X2 6000+. Regards
  7. Edwin Phate

    Edwin Phate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140

    how much faster is the 6000+ really never done it worried about thermal paste putting to much.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    You only need to use thermal paste for contact area of IHS and CPU Fan's Heatsink.
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