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August 26, 2013 7:39:19 PM

I have an HP 3029h motherboard. It's hard to find much of anything on it online. It is part of an OEM system called Hp Compaq dc5850 (Business) Microtower Edition.

1. I want to know: Can I cheaply (50-
$150) upgrade the current CPU in the motherboard (AMD Athalon 5000B x2)?

I would like a great gaming budget AM2+ (or compatible AM3[, +], Quad core CPU). However, i can't find verified compatible CPUs for this board. Are there any at all?

Do i need a new Mobo? If so:

2. What Mobo should I replace alongside the CPU for my 'modded' stock HP business computer. I have a Corsair CX500 [500W, ATX 12v] en route to my house from Newegg as I write this message. I am also nervous that the pin connectors for the PSU won't be compatible with my mystery HP 3029h motherboard. If this is the case, however, my option is reduced to get an AM3+ mobo and cpu.


I want to play Arma 2/3/Day Z with good framerates to (attempt to) keep up with my HD 7770. Open to ALL suggestions and please keep smart budgeting in mind.
Thank you in advance, this is my first time posting and I love this community - I've learned so much from you guys just from reading previous questions!

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August 26, 2013 8:26:28 PM

I wouldn't put much money into upgrading the 2008 model system. I wouldn't expect it to be a great gaming computer, but it may give you some experience building a better gaming system. The technical manual for that business model says you can use:
the following processor types:
■ AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Phenom X3 Triple-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Athlon 64 Single-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Sempron with HyperTransport Technology
All processors include an integrated DDR2 memory controller and support up to eight gigabytes
of memory. AMD processors are backward-compatible with software written for earlier x86
microprocessors. The processor mounts in a zero-insertion-force (ZIF) AMD AM2+ socket.
CAUTION: These systems can support a processor rated up to 95 watts.

I would suggest using a AMD Phenom X4 9550 Quad Core HD9550WCJ4BGH
http://compare.ebay.com/like/160842074870?var=lv&ltyp=A...

AMD Athlon Dual Core 5000B - CPU-benchmark score 1,308
AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core - CPU benchmark score 2,476
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+Phen...

Second Question: I would buy a bare ATX Mid-Tower case and an AMD 900 series AM3+ motherboard. You can use a AMD FX-processor with that.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-8350+Eig...
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August 26, 2013 9:51:56 PM

Calvin7 said:
I wouldn't put much money into upgrading the 2008 model system. I wouldn't expect it to be a great gaming computer, but it may give you some experience building a better gaming system. The technical manual for that business model says you can use:
the following processor types:
■ AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Phenom X3 Triple-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Athlon 64 Single-Core with HyperTransport Technology
■ AMD Sempron with HyperTransport Technology
All processors include an integrated DDR2 memory controller and support up to eight gigabytes
of memory. AMD processors are backward-compatible with software written for earlier x86
microprocessors. The processor mounts in a zero-insertion-force (ZIF) AMD AM2+ socket.
CAUTION: These systems can support a processor rated up to 95 watts.

I would suggest using a AMD Phenom X4 9550 Quad Core HD9550WCJ4BGH
http://compare.ebay.com/like/160842074870?var=lv&ltyp=A...

AMD Athlon Dual Core 5000B - CPU-benchmark score 1,308
AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core - CPU benchmark score 2,476
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+Phen...

Second Question: I would buy a bare ATX Mid-Tower case and an AMD 900 series AM3+ motherboard. You can use a AMD FX-processor with that.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-8350+Eig...


Thank you for your reply, good sir! You've answered my questions professionally and accurately.

As much as I want to get this rig running as soon as possible, I'm going save up money to go with an AM3+ board and a relatively cheap, nasty FX CPU for it. Thank you for that recommendation, especially as I already had my eyes on that line! I know I will need DDR3 for that, too, but that's fine. Considering I've Windows XP 32bit i'll begin with 2x2 DDR3 to support that.

Thank you for pulling up a Phenom Quad for me, I tried to read through http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12900_na/... but I had less understanding of CPU series and sockets. You've cleared that up for me! It is desirable but I don't want to have to spend $70 when i'm definitely going to upgrade again for 3-4 times the Benchmark. It is tantalizing to know that I can get that now to improve my performance by next paycheck, but I don't want to worry with reselling it for a loss when I've upgraded it in the further future. Unless one would suggest this path!

If I may ask some simple follow up questions:
1. Is buying and selling back components part of budget building? (Regarding the Phenom Quad build path)
2. Will this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... fit my dc5850 Microtower Case?
3. Will this same PSU have any issues with my current motherboard?

Thank you again, Calvin7!
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