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Windows 7: Wondering what Processor I can upgrade to.

11 Jan 2011   #11
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I was coming up with the ADX645WFGMBOX which is the Athlon II X4 645 @ 3.10 and is 95 watt with 2mb cache but it's a AM3 as well via Tiger D. How about just max'g out your ram and then blast in a SSD for the OS and Apps only and live with it for a while longer?
I have a question I have read around on a few websites about AM3 being backward compatible with am2+ Sockets Via Bios Update since AM3 can also Run DDR2 is there any truth to this ?


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11 Jan 2011   #12
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

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The 920's and the 940's run on 125W. So they are out. And the triple cores have the right wattage, but they are AM3. Can't win.
AM3 CPU's will work on AM2 and AM2+ boards as long as the bios supports them. Don't forget the AM3's have both DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers in them. It is the AM2 and AM2+ CPU's that can't run on AM3 boards due to the lack of DDR3 support.
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11 Jan 2011   #13
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I was coming up with the ADX645WFGMBOX which is the Athlon II X4 645 @ 3.10 and is 95 watt with 2mb cache but it's a AM3 as well via Tiger D. How about just max'g out your ram and then blast in a SSD for the OS and Apps only and live with it for a while longer?
Yeah, go SSD - unfortunately that will not help a lot for games, if that's where the OP looks for improvements. OC is another option, but that is not so easy.
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11 Jan 2011   #14
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The 920's and the 940's run on 125W. So they are out. And the triple cores have the right wattage, but they are AM3. Can't win.
AM3 CPU's will work on AM2 and AM2+ boards as long as the bios supports them. Don't forget the AM3's have both DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers in them. It is the AM2 and AM2+ CPU's that can't run on AM3 boards due to the lack of DDR3 support.
See I'm a little confused now lol. So if I contacted hp and asked them if they had a Bios update for my mobo it could hold an AM3 CPU?
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11 Jan 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, I did not want to get into that one. Unless you do a very thorough research on all the elements, you are running a big risk that it might not work and your nice new CPU will becomes a decorative paper weight. But in all cases, you must stick with the 95W - unless you want to burn your board.
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11 Jan 2011   #16
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yeah, I did not want to get into that one. Unless you do a very thorough research on all the elements, you are running a big risk that it might not work and your nice new CPU will becomes a decorative paper weight. But in all cases, you must stick with the 95W - unless you want to burn your board.
Ok I found 1 of 2 posts on HP support site. "I just installed a AMD Phenon II X4 925 2.8ghz cpu. It is the 95w version and the revision is C3. Thought I would pass this along to others if you are looking to upgrade." He has the same machine as me!Compaq CQ5210F processor upgrade success - HP Support Forum

Thanks every one for the help =D!
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11 Jan 2011   #17
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevinsilhouette View Post
See I'm a little confused now lol. So if I contacted hp and asked them if they had a Bios update for my mobo it could hold an AM3 CPU?
You do realize that Athlon II x2 215 you already have in there is an AM3 CPU.

AMD Processors for Desktops: AMD Phenom
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11 Jan 2011   #18
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevinsilhouette View Post
See I'm a little confused now lol. So if I contacted hp and asked them if they had a Bios update for my mobo it could hold an AM3 CPU?
You do realize that Athlon II x2 215 you already have in there is an AM3 CPU.

AMD Processors for Desktops: AMD Phenom
Thanks for showing me that I feel pretty dumb right now.
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11 Jan 2011   #19
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Kevin,
I caution you from ordering any new CPU's till you call HP. As you had posted the mobo spec's show clearly that it's a AM2+. I would confirm that the AM3 chips with a 95 watt or less rating will work, you may also want to call AMD. I've called them several times and the support department at AMD is tops!
Motherboard Specifications, M2N68-LA (Narra5) HP Pavilion Slimline s5107c Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
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11 Jan 2011   #20
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Kevin,
I caution you from ordering any new CPU's till you call HP. As you had posted the mobo spec's show clearly that it's a AM2+. I would confirm that the AM3 chips with a 95 watt or less rating will work, you may also want to call AMD. I've called them several times and the support department at AMD is tops!
Motherboard Specifications, M2N68-LA (Narra5) HP Pavilion Slimline s5107c Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Yes before I do drop money I want to make sure thats why I came to you guys. Especially since my knowledge of hardware is still Novice =D. But, Thanks to you and every one who helped me out it means a lot. I am going to be sending an Email to HP and I will also see what AMD has to say.
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