I currently have a Compaq Presario Model CQ5500Y which came with an AMD Sempron 140 Max TDP 41W Single Core Processor. Today I purchased an "AMD Phenom II X3 B73 2.8 GHz 95W Triple-Core AM2+ CPU Processor HDXB73WFK3DGI"
Please tell me if A)This product is compatable with my PC, B)Will I need to install or change the Fan inside my unit so it does not get too hot and C)Will this upgrade affect my Windows 8.1 Pro Installation? They said changing the processor will sometimes cause an error message "Windows Not Activated" or something along those lines. D) Will this upgrade affect my Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013? E) My current Single Core unit was manufactured in 2009, the used one I bought off of ebay for $49.99 is manufactured in 2008, does this mean I am downgrading? Are these units, used or new, fuctionable for years? My motherboard is PEGATRON CORPORATION Model NARRA5, BIOS Phoenix Technologies LTD, Date 12/08/2009 Any information that you provide would be very helpful as I am not very computer savvy and need all the info and recommendations you can offer. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Kristopher Nichols
Info taken from HP/Compaq Presario Website:
AMD Sempron 140
Operating speed: Up to 2.7 GHz
Number of cores: 1
Bus speed: 4000 MT/s
Processor upgrade information
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
NOTE: Only socket AM2+ processors are supported with this motherboard.
AMD Phenom II Quad-Core
AMD Phenom II Triple-Core
AMD Phenom Quad-Core (A) 9xxx series (AM2+)
AMD Phenom Triple-Core (T) 8xxx series (AM2+)
AMD Athlon X4
AMD Athlon X3
AMD Athlon X2 (B) (AM2+)
OEM motherboards are usually pretty finicky as to what you can upgrade to. It looks like that CPU will work in that motherboard. You will probably have to get a better cooler the Sempron is a 45 Watt TDP and the Phenom II is 95 Watts.