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

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February 15, 2014 10:00:44 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I've got an outdated computer, and I'm looking to milk it for a couple more years (so please guys, don't suggest 'buy a new computer' unless you really really mean it, k?).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 10:30:31 AM

it's not a matter of a bios update messing things up, it's a matter of is there a bios for that pc which I doubt. Companies like HP and Dell usually don't offer many BIOS upgrades or many different CPU support. The CPU you want to add is a few generations ahead of your current one and I highly doubt it will work. It also has a higher TDP and thus needs more power than the board can probably provide.
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February 15, 2014 11:12:09 AM

getochkn said:
it's not a matter of a bios update messing things up, it's a matter of is there a bios for that pc which I doubt. Companies like HP and Dell usually don't offer many BIOS upgrades or many different CPU support. The CPU you want to add is a few generations ahead of your current one and I highly doubt it will work. It also has a higher TDP and thus needs more power than the board can probably provide.


Thanks for replying, however inconvenient the answer. I'm doubting that the graphics card alone will make much of a difference in performance, hey? My initial reasoning was to get a few games to run with reasonable smoothness ie 20 - 30 fps, and perhaps speed up the internet... although I'd guess facebook is rather slow no matter what?

I also neglected to mention there is currently a Radeon x1600 pro GPU and 3g of ram in there - my only upgrades since the purchase of the computer.

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