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Changing my CPU - will I (shudder) need a BIOS update?

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February 15, 2014 10:00:43 AM

I've got an outdated computer, and I'm looking to milk it for a couple more years (so please guys, don't suggest 'buy a new computer' unless you really really mean it, k?). The model is sr1750nx (a simple google search will turn up all of the info via HP's website). I plan to install a Radeon r7 240 graphics card -the easy part, right? ..and to speed things up I'd like to upgrade the processor from the stock Athlon 3500+ to a dual core 4800+. I've done some homework and as far as I know the new cpu would physically fit, but my fear as listed in the heading is the BIOS. I've read on a few sites all about the boogeyman that turns computers into paperweights when it is changed or updated.
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February 15, 2014 1:25:14 PM

Normally it is no big deal to swap processors and give it a try. If the processor is recognized, you are good to go. If not, you will have to put the old CPU back in and use it to flash the BIOS with an update. But with OEM PCs it is always iffy to find new BIOSes... especially for old machines that aren't supported anymore. The first thing to do is see if a BIOS update exists for that newer processor. The 2nd is to be sure that your MB actually supports it. AMD made a slew of like sounding processors back then. Some Athlon 64 X2 4800 CPUs were for the 939 socket, and some were for the AM2 socket.

Is this your PC? http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAG...

If so, you might get lucky here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=...
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February 15, 2014 4:55:52 PM

Yep, you got the right system, clutchc. After a lot of searching, comparing, and looking at benchmarks and prices I'm leaning toward just starting from scratch. Our local tech store has an Aspire M3420 for $630, and I can pick up a Radeon r7 250 GPU for around $100. The ol' Compaq is 8 computer years old (what is that, say 64 in human years?) and maybe it is time for me to suck it up and shelf it.
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February 15, 2014 7:18:06 PM

Lol... yeah, I didn't want to suggest that after your "warning" in the opening post. But going from a single core Athlon to a dual core Athlon of that era isn't much of an upgrade. The first AMD dual cores weren't very powerful. Back then, they were just trying to compete with Intel's 'new' dual cores.

You may want to consider building your own. The $630 will make a better gamer if you do. It's basically just buying a case and installing a motherboard, CPU and cooler, memory, power supply, hard drive and optical drive, video card, plugging in cables, and installing Windows. We can help you make sure you end up with the right components. Check it out:

Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
Part 3): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok
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February 16, 2014 1:45:08 AM

BIOS update is easy, but you better pray you don't have a sudden outage during the one-two minutes it takes, because then your motherboard is bricked.

Of course the final product will be shit anyway, since the things you listed are an ancient technology by now, so it's pretty much meh in any case. I'd bite the bullet and land some cheap PC instead, even lowest of the low modern budget PC would totally crush your updated "rig".
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February 16, 2014 8:51:28 AM

BIOS updating is indeed easy... with today's motherboards. But back in the Socket 939 and AM2 days of older BIOS setups, you had to know what you were doing. And finding the correct BIOS for that dinosaur isn't easy.
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February 17, 2014 7:50:54 PM

I really appreciate the prompt replies. Again and again I am amazed at the swift and willing support from forums such as this. After hours of research and price shopping I ordered this computer from Bestbuy.ca

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-...

Thanks to cpubenchmark.net I was able to make an informed decision. This guy's got an above average CPU, a standard 8g of ram, and a GT 640 GPU... everything I was looking for and a bit more for $700 including a printer. Hope you approve of the purchase! I'm hoping 'the new guy' will serve our family as faithfully as this old compaq.

I know where I'm going for advice from here on out by the way...
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February 17, 2014 7:56:10 PM

Gaidax said:
BIOS update is easy, but you better pray you don't have a sudden outage during the one-two minutes it takes, because then your motherboard is bricked.

Of course the final product will be shit anyway, since the things you listed are an ancient technology by now, so it's pretty much meh in any case. I'd bite the bullet and land some cheap PC instead, even lowest of the low modern budget PC would totally crush your updated "rig".


Lol... nothing like going for the throat with a straight up answer eh? Thanks for the advice!
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February 17, 2014 7:57:35 PM

It should make a decent family computer. You can even do some lite gaming with the GT 640.
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