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Can I Replace This Athlon II X2 With Phenom II X4? (details within)

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June 14, 2013 1:00:23 PM

I have a rather old and inexpensive computer that I am stuck with for a while longer. I have already upgraded the power supply and graphics card, but the CPU seems to be holding the system back; which is no big surprise.

I want to replace this AMD II X2 CPU with this Phenom II X4 CPU. My only concern is that the Athlon is at 25 watts while the Phenom is at 95 watts. Does anyone know if it will/should still work?

Oops, forgot to mention that it is an eMachines ET1352G board.
June 14, 2013 1:01:57 PM

What motherboard is x2 on right now?

David
June 14, 2013 1:12:00 PM

davidred15 said:
What motherboard is x2 on right now?

David


Hey David, it's an eMachines ET1352G board
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June 14, 2013 1:28:00 PM

I did a quick Google but could not find anything that would tell us what CPUs the board supports. In all likelihood, the board will not take the Phenom. You could try it and maybe get lucky, but if it doesn't work you are stuck with a CPU. It sounds like you are limited on your budget, but the best thing to do is get a whole new mobo and CPU. Hopefully someone else will have more/better info for you.

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June 14, 2013 1:35:54 PM
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Here we go, finally:
http://support.gateway.com/emachines/desktop/2010/emach...

This page lists Phenom II X3, but that may particular to a specific model. My guess would be that 65W is the maximum on that board. If so, you might consider this:
AMD Athlon II X2 270 Regor 3.4GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would certainly be an upgrade from the 1.8GHz cpu you currently have.
However, I think you would be better off saving up and getting a whole new mobo and CPU.
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June 14, 2013 1:41:52 PM

maui67 said:
Here we go, finally:
http://support.gateway.com/emachines/desktop/2010/emach...

This page lists Phenom II X3, but that may particular to a specific model. My guess would be that 65W is the maximum on that board. If so, you might consider this:
AMD Athlon II X2 270 Regor 3.4GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would certainly be an upgrade from the 1.8GHz cpu you currently have.
However, I think you would be better off saving up and getting a whole new mobo and CPU.


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June 14, 2013 1:48:11 PM

maui67 said:
It sounds like you are limited on your budget....

I'm back in school FT, so that is very true for now. :fou: 

I did just find this support/spec sheet that lists several other potential CPU's for this model, many of which are listed at 95 watts; a few at 65 watts. Although none of them is a quad core, one of the listed CPU's is a Phenom II X3 which seems to only come in the 95 wattage flavor.

Although not turning my machine into a beast by any modern measure, if this upgrade could work, it would be a massive upgrade.
June 14, 2013 1:58:05 PM

Thanks maui67 & ihog, I appreciate the help.

One more question... if say, I already purchased the Phenom (and am kicking myself a little) and placed it into my machine (blindly) thinking it just might work, could that do damage to either my system or the CPU itself?
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June 14, 2013 2:04:51 PM

Yes, it could.
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