Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo
You might...if....you have the right motherboard....be able to unlock extra cores on the 550.
Based on his listed specs,
System Manufacturer/Model Number -Compaq/HP
Not even if he tried real hard would that happen. Also is that 3500 socket 939 or AM2? Would help if you listed the actual model number of the computer, then we could tell you whether it is even possible to upgrade the CPU.
One more thing with upgrading in HP/Compaq computers, they have a bad habit of locking the bios (never mind the hidden settings in the bios) to a specific CPU despite the motherboard/chipset being able to support a higher/faster model. One of their little ways to stop people from doing exactly what you're looking to do so that they have to buy a new computer to get a faster CPU.