Upgrading Processor-HP Pavillion-Can Anyone Help Me Out?

I have an HP Media Center PC with an AM2 x 2 4600 processor. A friend of a friend of mine has a AMD x 2 6000 processor for sale for dirt cheap. I know the performance increase won't be great, but the price is so cheap, I would like to purchase it ($50 for me). I called HP-they cannot confirm whether or not the processor will work..
Its the same processor-the Motherboard has an AM2 socket..I can't see why it wouldn't work..

Also, what is the worst that could happen if I put a "faster" processor into the motherboard?
Would it run at a 4600 speed intead of the 6000 speed?

The model is an A1730 N

The motherboard is an
Motherboard description Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS A8M2N-LA
HP/Compaq name: NodusM3-GL8E

CPU/Processor Socket: AM2
Supports AMD Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, and Sempron processors

Front-side bus (FSB) 2000 MegaTransfers/second

Chipset GeForce 6150 LE chipset

BIOS features Award brand system BIOS
Keyboard combination to used to enter BIOS: F1

I updated the BIOS to

*Someone told me that with a special program you can open up a BIOS file and see what processors are supported
Is there any truth to that?

Any assistance would be appreciated

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  1. For 50$ I would try it. It is most likely that it is compatible with your MB but worst case scenario is that you would have to sell it again and make a profit.
    I have a Fujitsu Siemens motherboard made by MSI I flashed it with a standard MSI Bios to get all the functions that were disabled in the Fujitsu Bios and it worked great. The thing to look out for is that they have a comparable retail board.
  2. q6600 @3.6ghz good heat pipe cooler or used x6800 @ 3.7ghz ($325 on ebay) or a new 6750 or 6420 @ 3.4ghz
    8800GTS 512mb msi 730mhz
    2gigs of 4-4-3-10 ddr800 2.1v
    asus p35 or x38 or evga 680i
    minimm of 3 12cm fans in the case

    play crysis on high mode and aa 4x with 1200x1000 or turn off the 4x and play at 1080p

    keep the os stick from the hp and ebay the rest!
  3. You know DragonSprayer, Some People don't have Tons of Money to just throw parts in there, Or just get new parts and sell the old 1's some people like to do little things to there computer not build a new one. just because its better. i am just tired of seeing you say buy this and that when its not your money.

    Sorry Op

    but for $50 it would be worth it. because you have a 50/50 but i think it would work. and its for only $50 i mean come on thats cheap lol

    just my 2cents
  4. I did a lot of Googling and I can't find a definite answer. Sorry!
  5. You are going to have to change the memory to DDR2-800 also.
  6. Hey I found an answer on another forum-someone had the same exact system as me and put a 6400 into it so I am sure the 6000 will work in mine without any issues...

    Do I actually NEED to upgrade the ram..I am not that much of a performance hog..I play COD 4 on 1024-768 without alot of effects and it runs fine for me..if it runs a little slower then its no biggie. I mostly watch movies/documentaries-do e-mail and chatting online other than the occasional game. I am just looking for a little more multitasking muscle
  7. No you do not have to, on their website they listed ram support is only 533 and 667Mhz.
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