My apols if this has already been answered, but I have searched the forums but can't find the answer.
I have the Asus A8N-E and would like to do a little cheap upgrade, however, the Asus tech support is kak (IMO), as they appear to be unobtainable and the Asus forums haven't really helped.
I would like to keep the mobo (which I believe is Revision 2 and has bios 1008) and just upgrade the CPU and GFX card. I was initially thinking I'd like to pop the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ into this mobo, but nobody could confirm if it would take that chip, however, it appears that it will at least take the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (which would be better than my current 2 year old 3700+ San Diego).
I'd also like to pop in either one of the latest NVidia 8800/9800 or Radeon 4850 GFX cards, but as they are PCI-E 2.0, I am not sure if they will work on this mobo.
If anyone knows whether I can successfully put these bits onto the Asus A8N-E, I'd be most grateful for some confirmation.
As my OS is currently XP SP2, assuming any of the above is possible, I'd also be most grateful if anyone could let me know if I would also need to do bios and/or driver updates/upgrades to get them to work properly.
Asus A8N-E is a socket 939 motherboard therefore you cannot use Athlon 64 X2 6000+. If the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ is a socket 939 then you can use it. Unfortunately i dont think it is because those are impossible to find now. You can probably find an opteron 185 on or X2 4400 on ebay but i dont think it is worth it.
I tend to agree with Ragsters. For the amount of cash some people are asking for dual-core S939 processors, you can build a whole new core system (AM2+ motherboard, AM2 dual-core CPU, and DDR2 RAM) that will run better than just buying the processor they're offering.
That's not to say there aren't some decent people offering outdated (but still useful) dual-core S939 processors at a reasonable price, but they are few and far between. My s939 AMD X2-4800+ (stock) can still handle any game I throw at it, but if it suddenly died, there's no way I'd pay the prices most people are asking for a replacement s939 CPU.