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Hey all, im hoping to get some help for a first time cpu buyer. Ive only ever purchased and installed ram and video cards. CPUs are lost on me so hopefully you can help me out.

So this is my current computer:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

At the moment im trying to squeeze more life into this PC. It currently has 3gb of ram (1gb arriving in a few days) and a nvidia gtx 650. Only thing i feel im missing in games is the cpu. So i thought id upgrade it but i have no idea where to even start.

I googled around a bit and stumbled upon a post that said any socket 939 cpu processor will fit in my motherboard. I have no idea if i understood that wrong or do i just need to find a socket 939 cpu thats faster than my dual core cpu?

I noticed on the website that it said "supports the following processors" and "AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 4800+" was mentioned out of a list of three. Im assuming thats the fastest of the 3. Does that mean i can only use cpus from that list?
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00647121&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

Im completely lost when it comes to cpu so if you can help me out it would be much appreciated. I have no idea what determines what cpu i can upgrade with. Some listings on amazon or ebay dont even list what socket they use so i have no idea how to tell what cpu is for me.

If you like feel free to link me a possible upgrade? I searched anthlon 64 x2 4800+ on ebay and found one 2.5ghz for like 13 bucks.. have no clue if its even worth it or not?
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=opteron+165&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_sticky=1&_trkparms=65%253A1%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_sc=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_nkw=AMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_sacat=0&_from=R40

Thanks for the help in advance! Im hoping i get the hang of cpu shopping from this.

Yes i know its old etc etc, im still interested.
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  1. Socket 939 i old, there is a post from 2010 on toms of people saying it is not worth putting money into something that old.
  2. you do realize you're beating a dead horse right?
  3. swifty_morgan said:
    you do realize you're beating a dead horse right?


    obviously not otherwise i wouldnt have posted for help?
  4. Devballs said:
    Socket 939 i old, there is a post from 2010 on toms of people saying it is not worth putting money into something that old.


    good for them, doesnt change my questions though
  5. in the link for the processor........... not sure about the 13 dollar one.......... but use the filter on the right and select 939. that should bring up more options. i have the 4800 and 4400. you won't know the difference between the 2 when using them.
  6. todd1780 said:
    Can you post the make and model of your motherboard? It might help in identifying which socket 939 CPUs are compatible with your motherboard.
    Having a socket 939 motherboard doesn't mean that every socket 939 CPU will be compatible with it.


    read his first post.
  7. Best answer
    cerbyd said:
    Hey all, im hoping to get some help for a first time cpu buyer. Ive only ever purchased and installed ram and video cards. CPUs are lost on me so hopefully you can help me out.

    So this is my current computer:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    At the moment im trying to squeeze more life into this PC. It currently has 3gb of ram (1gb arriving in a few days) and a nvidia gtx 650. Only thing i feel im missing in games is the cpu. So i thought id upgrade it but i have no idea where to even start.

    I googled around a bit and stumbled upon a post that said any socket 939 cpu processor will fit in my motherboard. I have no idea if i understood that wrong or do i just need to find a socket 939 cpu thats faster than my dual core cpu?

    I noticed on the website that it said "supports the following processors" and "AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 4800+" was mentioned out of a list of three. Im assuming thats the fastest of the 3. Does that mean i can only use cpus from that list?
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00647121&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    Im completely lost when it comes to cpu so if you can help me out it would be much appreciated. I have no idea what determines what cpu i can upgrade with. Some listings on amazon or ebay dont even list what socket they use so i have no idea how to tell what cpu is for me.

    If you like feel free to link me a possible upgrade? I searched anthlon 64 x2 4800+ on ebay and found one 2.5ghz for like 13 bucks.. have no clue if its even worth it or not?
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=opteron+165&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_sticky=1&_trkparms=65%253A1%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_sc=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_nkw=AMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Thanks for the help in advance! Im hoping i get the hang of cpu shopping from this.

    Yes i know its old etc etc, im still interested.



    This is a very old motherboard as you know upgrading i will admit is pointless as youll see a very little jump

    to answer your question about this board

    it indicates that the motherboard will only accept up to athlon 64x2 4800 plus thats the max processor. no others after that

    what do you do on your pc i could write a budget build its fairly easy to build a pc these days i can leave tutorials as well pm me for questions if you have any pc questions
  8. he's not interested. already tried.
  9. beyondlogic said:
    cerbyd said:
    Hey all, im hoping to get some help for a first time cpu buyer. Ive only ever purchased and installed ram and video cards. CPUs are lost on me so hopefully you can help me out.

    So this is my current computer:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    At the moment im trying to squeeze more life into this PC. It currently has 3gb of ram (1gb arriving in a few days) and a nvidia gtx 650. Only thing i feel im missing in games is the cpu. So i thought id upgrade it but i have no idea where to even start.

    I googled around a bit and stumbled upon a post that said any socket 939 cpu processor will fit in my motherboard. I have no idea if i understood that wrong or do i just need to find a socket 939 cpu thats faster than my dual core cpu?

    I noticed on the website that it said "supports the following processors" and "AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 4800+" was mentioned out of a list of three. Im assuming thats the fastest of the 3. Does that mean i can only use cpus from that list?
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00647121&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    Im completely lost when it comes to cpu so if you can help me out it would be much appreciated. I have no idea what determines what cpu i can upgrade with. Some listings on amazon or ebay dont even list what socket they use so i have no idea how to tell what cpu is for me.

    If you like feel free to link me a possible upgrade? I searched anthlon 64 x2 4800+ on ebay and found one 2.5ghz for like 13 bucks.. have no clue if its even worth it or not?
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=opteron+165&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_sticky=1&_trkparms=65%253A1%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_sc=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_nkw=AMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Thanks for the help in advance! Im hoping i get the hang of cpu shopping from this.

    Yes i know its old etc etc, im still interested.



    This is a very old motherboard as you know upgrading i will admit is pointless as youll see a very little jump

    to answer your question about this board

    it indicates that the motherboard will only accept up to athlon 64x2 4800 plus thats the max processor. no others after that

    what do you do on your pc i could write a budget build its fairly easy to build a pc these days i can leave tutorials as well pm me for questions if you have any pc questions



    Much thanks i didnt think it would be that low of a jump. Ive seen some guides on how to make PC's so maybe when i get my xmas bonus ill check it out. Thanks for the offer though and clearing things up for me!
  10. cerbyd said:
    beyondlogic said:
    cerbyd said:
    Hey all, im hoping to get some help for a first time cpu buyer. Ive only ever purchased and installed ram and video cards. CPUs are lost on me so hopefully you can help me out.

    So this is my current computer:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    At the moment im trying to squeeze more life into this PC. It currently has 3gb of ram (1gb arriving in a few days) and a nvidia gtx 650. Only thing i feel im missing in games is the cpu. So i thought id upgrade it but i have no idea where to even start.

    I googled around a bit and stumbled upon a post that said any socket 939 cpu processor will fit in my motherboard. I have no idea if i understood that wrong or do i just need to find a socket 939 cpu thats faster than my dual core cpu?

    I noticed on the website that it said "supports the following processors" and "AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 4800+" was mentioned out of a list of three. Im assuming thats the fastest of the 3. Does that mean i can only use cpus from that list?
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00647121&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    Im completely lost when it comes to cpu so if you can help me out it would be much appreciated. I have no idea what determines what cpu i can upgrade with. Some listings on amazon or ebay dont even list what socket they use so i have no idea how to tell what cpu is for me.

    If you like feel free to link me a possible upgrade? I searched anthlon 64 x2 4800+ on ebay and found one 2.5ghz for like 13 bucks.. have no clue if its even worth it or not?
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=opteron+165&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_sticky=1&_trkparms=65%253A1%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_sc=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_nkw=AMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Thanks for the help in advance! Im hoping i get the hang of cpu shopping from this.

    Yes i know its old etc etc, im still interested.



    This is a very old motherboard as you know upgrading i will admit is pointless as youll see a very little jump

    to answer your question about this board

    it indicates that the motherboard will only accept up to athlon 64x2 4800 plus thats the max processor. no others after that

    what do you do on your pc i could write a budget build its fairly easy to build a pc these days i can leave tutorials as well pm me for questions if you have any pc questions



    Much thanks i didnt think it would be that low of a jump. Ive seen some guides on how to make PC's so maybe when i get my xmas bonus ill check it out. Thanks for the offer though and clearing things up for me!


    No problem if you need help just pm me

    this is a cheap rig you can use your gtx 650 which isnt very powerful for gaming but with this set up should give you better frames

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2oFwS
  11. beyondlogic said:
    cerbyd said:
    beyondlogic said:
    cerbyd said:
    Hey all, im hoping to get some help for a first time cpu buyer. Ive only ever purchased and installed ram and video cards. CPUs are lost on me so hopefully you can help me out.

    So this is my current computer:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    At the moment im trying to squeeze more life into this PC. It currently has 3gb of ram (1gb arriving in a few days) and a nvidia gtx 650. Only thing i feel im missing in games is the cpu. So i thought id upgrade it but i have no idea where to even start.

    I googled around a bit and stumbled upon a post that said any socket 939 cpu processor will fit in my motherboard. I have no idea if i understood that wrong or do i just need to find a socket 939 cpu thats faster than my dual core cpu?

    I noticed on the website that it said "supports the following processors" and "AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 4800+" was mentioned out of a list of three. Im assuming thats the fastest of the 3. Does that mean i can only use cpus from that list?
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00647121&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    Im completely lost when it comes to cpu so if you can help me out it would be much appreciated. I have no idea what determines what cpu i can upgrade with. Some listings on amazon or ebay dont even list what socket they use so i have no idea how to tell what cpu is for me.

    If you like feel free to link me a possible upgrade? I searched anthlon 64 x2 4800+ on ebay and found one 2.5ghz for like 13 bucks.. have no clue if its even worth it or not?
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=opteron+165&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_sticky=1&_trkparms=65%253A1%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_sc=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_nkw=AMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Thanks for the help in advance! Im hoping i get the hang of cpu shopping from this.

    Yes i know its old etc etc, im still interested.



    This is a very old motherboard as you know upgrading i will admit is pointless as youll see a very little jump

    to answer your question about this board

    it indicates that the motherboard will only accept up to athlon 64x2 4800 plus thats the max processor. no others after that

    what do you do on your pc i could write a budget build its fairly easy to build a pc these days i can leave tutorials as well pm me for questions if you have any pc questions



    Much thanks i didnt think it would be that low of a jump. Ive seen some guides on how to make PC's so maybe when i get my xmas bonus ill check it out. Thanks for the offer though and clearing things up for me!


    No problem if you need help just pm me

    this is a cheap rig you can use your gtx 650 which isnt very powerful for gaming but with this set up should give you better frames

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2oFwS



    So id just have to order those parts and put them together and ill have a pc thats not high end but enough for my graphics card?
  12. cerbyd said:
    beyondlogic said:
    cerbyd said:
    beyondlogic said:
    cerbyd said:
    Hey all, im hoping to get some help for a first time cpu buyer. Ive only ever purchased and installed ram and video cards. CPUs are lost on me so hopefully you can help me out.

    So this is my current computer:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    At the moment im trying to squeeze more life into this PC. It currently has 3gb of ram (1gb arriving in a few days) and a nvidia gtx 650. Only thing i feel im missing in games is the cpu. So i thought id upgrade it but i have no idea where to even start.

    I googled around a bit and stumbled upon a post that said any socket 939 cpu processor will fit in my motherboard. I have no idea if i understood that wrong or do i just need to find a socket 939 cpu thats faster than my dual core cpu?

    I noticed on the website that it said "supports the following processors" and "AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 4800+" was mentioned out of a list of three. Im assuming thats the fastest of the 3. Does that mean i can only use cpus from that list?
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00647121&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1843642

    Im completely lost when it comes to cpu so if you can help me out it would be much appreciated. I have no idea what determines what cpu i can upgrade with. Some listings on amazon or ebay dont even list what socket they use so i have no idea how to tell what cpu is for me.

    If you like feel free to link me a possible upgrade? I searched anthlon 64 x2 4800+ on ebay and found one 2.5ghz for like 13 bucks.. have no clue if its even worth it or not?
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=opteron+165&LH_BIN=1&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_sticky=1&_trkparms=65%253A1%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_sc=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_nkw=AMD+Athlon+64+X2+4800%2B&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Thanks for the help in advance! Im hoping i get the hang of cpu shopping from this.

    Yes i know its old etc etc, im still interested.



    This is a very old motherboard as you know upgrading i will admit is pointless as youll see a very little jump

    to answer your question about this board

    it indicates that the motherboard will only accept up to athlon 64x2 4800 plus thats the max processor. no others after that

    what do you do on your pc i could write a budget build its fairly easy to build a pc these days i can leave tutorials as well pm me for questions if you have any pc questions



    Much thanks i didnt think it would be that low of a jump. Ive seen some guides on how to make PC's so maybe when i get my xmas bonus ill check it out. Thanks for the offer though and clearing things up for me!


    No problem if you need help just pm me

    this is a cheap rig you can use your gtx 650 which isnt very powerful for gaming but with this set up should give you better frames

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2oFwS



    So id just have to order those parts and put them together and ill have a pc thats not high end but enough for my graphics card?


    no it beyond your old machine the jump would be quite staggering not a exageration as your tech is very old
    fx 6300 would be a higher jump if you can afford it go for it your card would be your gaming bottleneck instead of the cpu

    psu will support following cards mantle supported cards below
    7790
    http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7790-vs-GeForce-GTX-650

    7850 wouldnt go past this card due to psu wouldnt cope very well
    http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7850-vs-GeForce-GTX-650


    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-FX-4300-vs-AMD-Athlon-X2-4800

    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-FX-6300-vs-AMD-Athlon-X2-4800

    either of these processor will kick your old processor in the teeth.

    also noted back up the files you wanna keep on your old harddrive as the os will wipe the hd clean

    also you can use your old harddrive 250 sata as extra storage. inside your new rig
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