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CPU upgrade questions...

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November 20, 2007 1:09:22 PM

I'm considering upgrading my processor today, I've never replaced one before.

I have a Dell e521 that I've upgraded a bit.

eVGA 8800 GT, 512 MB
4 gig Corsair DDR2
470 W PC Power & Cooling PSU

My CPU is by far the weak point of the system, I'm currently running a 3800+ AMD Athlon 64 X2, I believe my motherboard is the GeForce 6150 which came stock with the e521.

Couple questions, I'm considering both of the following cpus. Any suggestions on either? Is the $20 difference between the 5600+ and 6000+ worth it? Any compatability issues? Should installation be fairly easy for someone with limited experience?

AMD® Boxed Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+:

AMD® Boxed Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+:

Thanks for the help!

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November 20, 2007 2:20:25 PM

Well if the price different was like $50 , then i suggested u to get the 5600 but because the $ different is only $20, then go for X2 6000
November 20, 2007 2:28:28 PM

That's pretty cheap for the 6000+. I'd go for it.

As for compatibility issues - What socket is your 3800? Is it 939 or AM2? If it's AM2, then you're golden.
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November 20, 2007 2:39:01 PM

Yep, AM2... Thanks!

I'm on with Dell to confirm its compatible... though I trust you guys much..... much more. :) 
November 20, 2007 2:54:17 PM

At least your on socket AM2 where it's affordable to upgrade the CPU. If you don't mind overclocking the 5000+ X2 Black edition is where the value is.
November 20, 2007 3:16:51 PM

Just to be sure, or on the safe side, download CPU-Z if you haven't. It will give you more info on your system. Also I'd check to see if there's any bios updates you can apply that will help your system identify your upgrade properly.
November 21, 2007 12:13:02 PM

Just thought I'd post a follow up.

I bought a 6000+ and dropped it in no problem. Only issue is the heat sink that came with it doesn't remotely work with the large plastic / aluminum heat sink that Dell has in there, so that is still in the box.

3D Mark jumped about 3000 points to 10000+. Thanks for the help!
November 21, 2007 1:22:36 PM

Ah, friggen Dell. :p  I love the AMD heat-sink clips. So nice... (Nothing against Intel CPU's, but the push pins SUCK)
January 21, 2009 10:02:50 AM

Sucess! After researching all over the web. I'm writing in hopes of helping someone. I just upgraded CPU in my Dell E521 with Nforce 430 chipset, 6150LE integrated video to an AMD 3.1 GHZ Athlon 64 X2 6000+ ADV60000DOBOX with no problems. With one exception, my bios is 1.0.3 and when I upgraded my bios to 1.1.10 , my bios wouldn't remember settings and would loop until I hit F12 and enter the boot setup, and boot into Windows. This may or may not happen to you but I had to revert back to 1.0.3. I know this topic is old but I hope it can help someone wanting to upgrade their Dell E521. This is the best CPU for the E521!!! I was able to overclock it using CBID and ClockGen. Run CBID and change the multiplier to 15. Run ClockGen and change the speed to 3.392 GHZ!!!. I guess I'm just lucky! You better buy before AMD discontinues this product!