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30 Dec 2012   #1
Enddoc

windows 7
 
 
Upgrade time - I have...

I have a failing CPU fan so itís time for an upgrade, existing is:

Asus M2N-SLI motherboard with AM2 socket
Processor AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 5800+ 3.00 Ghz
4.00 GB memory
64-Bit Windows 7

I wish to change the CPU and memory while I have the case open.


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30 Dec 2012   #2
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Hello Enddoc, Welcome to SF

This is the only board i could find ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe
That board only supports DDR2 memory so think your gonna find more memory quite expensive compared to newer DDR3 and it only supports 8GB max although for general computing 4GB is usualy adequate
That mobo supports socket AM2+ so you have options it all depends on your budget, have you considered a new mobo & chip

What are your man uses for the machine and where do you feel it is lacking ?
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30 Dec 2012   #3
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

How old is the mobo? Seeing that it supports only DDR2, I would consider upgrading mobo as well, with the new DDR3 RAM. This way you can really go up on the CPU and RAM.

Other than that your options are limited to just a few CPU upgrades and not sure of your RAM upgrade with out knowing its speed (400, 800 or 1066)....you might be limited there as well.
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30 Dec 2012   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

If you check CPUs at www.newegg.com, they have no Socket AM2 ones for sale, even though they have a checkbox in their power search listings for AM2.

Just out of curiosity, I looked at the BIOS files available for download for the Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe. The oldest one was from 2006, and it clearly was newer than the original shipping BIOS.

I can't recommend upgrading an AM2/DDR2 system. Repair makes sense, if you can do it cheaply.
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30 Dec 2012   #5
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I just did a quick search on Newegg.......8gb of DDR2 RAM is roughly $130 MORE than 8gb of DDR3 RAM. I also cannot recommend you going the upgrade path if at all possible. We would be happy to help you select some new parts though, if that is an option.
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31 Dec 2012   #6
Enddoc

windows 7
 
 
Okay a new mobo - I'm convinced by so many

Hey I got no money, in this economy, as everyone else, so what the best 'bang for the buck' deal'?
I figure multi-core cpu , 8 gb ram for starters...
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31 Dec 2012   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I just did a quick search on Newegg.......8gb of DDR2 RAM is roughly $130 MORE than 8gb of DDR3 RAM.
For that $130 you can get a new motherboard and have some left over. What everyone is saying is that your motherboard is too old for a practical upgrade. Sorry
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31 Dec 2012   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Enddoc View Post
Hey I got no money, in this economy, as everyone else, so what the best 'bang for the buck' deal'?
I figure multi-core cpu , 8 gb ram for starters...
Going to keep repeating the question until you get an answer that you like? (Insert expletive here.)

I have to modify my original response. The CPU compatibility list for the M2N-SLI includes AM3 CPUs. It's limited to 95W processors, so you could use an Athlon II X4 640 or a Phenom II X4 945 (but not a 955 or 965).

ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS M2N-SLI

Some are actually for sale, new:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, CPUs / Processors, Processors - Desktops, 65W, 35W, 45W, 55W, 95W, 73W, Socket AM3, 77W, 69W

The Phenom II X4 645 is available at Amazon, but only used, at over $100.

8GB of DDR2 isn't going to be cheap.

You could buy an AM3+ motherboard, a quad core AMD FX CPU, and 8GB of DDR3 memory for less than $200 new. (If your Windows license is OEM, you'd have to buy it again with a new motherboard.)

Putting any significant upgrade money into such an old system would be foolish. Don't do it. Replace the CPU fan on the old processor. The old system isn't bad. Save your money while you're researching the new system that would make the most sense for you.
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31 Dec 2012   #9
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Enddoc View Post
Hey I got no money, in this economy, as everyone else, so what the best 'bang for the buck' deal'?
I figure multi-core cpu , 8 gb ram for starters...
Going to keep repeating the question until you get an answer that you like? (Insert expletive here.)

I have to modify my original response. The CPU compatibility list for the M2N-SLI includes AM3 CPUs. It's limited to 95W processors, so you could use an Athlon II X4 640 or a Phenom II X4 945 (but not a 955 or 965).

ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS M2N-SLI

Some are actually for sale, new:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, CPUs / Processors, Processors - Desktops, 65W, 35W, 45W, 55W, 95W, 73W, Socket AM3, 77W, 69W

The Phenom II X4 645 is available at Amazon, but only used, at over $100.

8GB of DDR2 isn't going to be cheap.

You could buy an AM3+ motherboard, a quad core AMD FX CPU, and 8GB of DDR3 memory for less than $200 new. (If your Windows license is OEM, you'd have to buy it again with a new motherboard.)

Putting any significant upgrade money into such an old system would be foolish. Don't do it. Replace the CPU fan on the old processor. The old system isn't bad. Save your money while you're researching the new system that would make the most sense for you.

^^ This is the answer.......no matter how you phrase the question.
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