What CPU do I need???

I have a Compaq Presario 6000 which I am pretty sure the motherboard and or CPU has failed in. I understand that these can be purchased, at times, in a combo. I was curious as to whether there was a compatable "generic" replacement for these. I have no clue what I am doing and do not know what to look for or order (part numbers and such) or what price range to expect. Is there anyone who can give me a hand??

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  1. What makes you positive that it would be the motherboard or processor that failed?

    Also, is it a standard size board? If you are unsure, please measure (in inches) the length x width of the board, and I may be able to better help you. Thanks.
  2. This http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?docname=c00032343&cc=us&a mp;dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN has some info, but I don't see the motherboard make.

    I'd say get an AsRock 4CoreDualVSTA (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=23274&vpn=4CoreDual-VSTA&man ufacture=ASRock) since it's cheap, takes Core2's (way way better than Pentiums), and takes the DDR you already have in your machine along with DDR2 when you want to upgrade (not both at the same time). Ditto for vid cards - takes both AGP and PCI-E so no worries about incompatible cards there.

    Get that with a Core2 E4400 for a total of just over $200 since that's what it may cost to get an exact replacement for you current system.

    The only problem is that if your windows copy is just a product recovery disk, it won't work anymore meaning you'd need a new copy but I'd just get Vista if that's the case.

  3. Do me a favor and download CPU-Z and install and run it.


    This should identify your processor and your motherboard. I could dig, but I'm just so comfy....

    It was kind of tricky to see the link to the download on the web page. It's in the upper left hand corner. Post your CPU and mobo models here, and I'll look around for you.

    By the way, is your computer still under warranty?
  4. I have been told by others that the problem is the mobo and/or cpu. I can turn on the computer and it will stay on sometimes long enough to boot up but then it turns off, then back on, but off right away then back on...... I figured it was a heat problem and got an agreement from those I asked but that the mobo or cpu may have been damaged by the heat. For a while it would do this and if I unplugged it for a day it would work for a week, then 3 days then an hour, then 5 min. Now it just barely boot up (sometimes). Therefore the cupid program won't help identify anything.
    The mobo (or at least what I think is the mobo) is 5'' x 2''. The warranty has come and gone. I got it in 2003.
  5. If this is your computer:


    Then here is the processor:


    Scattered throughout the following list are a bunch of socket A mobos with NVIDIA integrated graphics (this is how the first link described the motherboard)


    You should be able to look on your Compaq motherboard, usually somewhere around the PCI slots, and find the exact name and model of your mobo. Honestly, if this is your computer and these are your parts, you can upgrade your cpu and mobo and get much more current hardware for the same price. Newegg doesn't even sell socket A cpus any more that I see. For well under $200 you can get a dual core processor and a good quality mobo with integrated graphics.
  6. Right, I neglected that this is a micro-atx system. So if you want to keep the case you'd need a micro-atx board (plus this likely means you don't currently have a graphics card). A good combo is:

    Asus M2A-VM HDMI (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=23581&vpn=M2A-VM%20HDMI&manu facture=ASUS&promoid=1065) - $83
    Athlon X2 5600 - $170 or X2 3600 $70

    Any new boards other than the few AsRocks (& 1 ECS) would require DDR2 memory though, for another $40-$100 (I'd suggest 2GB OCZ XTC Gold or Platinum).

  7. that looks like the ticket! I'll give it a shot. THANKS
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