Both are dual core processors, the 4800+ runs at 2.4GHz and the Opteron 185 runs at 2.6GHz. The FX-53, however, is a single core processor; the FX-60 is dual core at 2.6GHz and also supported by your board.
All these CPU upgrades might require latest BIOS update to work, make sure you update before changing CPU.
February 11, 2009 2:04:31 PM
how do i update the bios settings and is it pretty straight forward to install the processor
February 11, 2009 2:07:13 PM
also if i was to buy a new pc what would you recommend i use it mainly for music production but it uses alot of cpu and has to be windows my budget would be about 300/350 pounds or would it be easier to build my own if so how would i find out what components are compatible if that makes any sense
Updating a BIOS is relatively easy, just look in your motherboard's user manual, there should be instructions on how to do it.
Changing a CPU isn't tough, but can require some time. Depending on your casing, you might have to remove the whole motherboard to get enough room to change the CPU and that can be the complicated/timely part. Other than that, you just have to release the HSF retention mechanism, remove it, release the CPU retention mechanism, remove it, put the new CPU, set the retention mechanism, put the new HSF, set the HSF retention mechanism. It can take about 15 minutes for someone with experience. If you are reusing the same HSF (make sure it is good enough for your CPU), you might have to clean the base and apply new thermal paste.
For a new system, just put a new post on the "Homebuild" forum and people will give you tons of suggestions. Just tell them what you plan on doing, what components you currently have (some could be reused to save some $$$).
For your needs, something like a 5200+ (60$) or 5400+ (70$), a 780G MB (80-90$), 4GB RAM (35-50$), a good PSU (70$) and, if needed, Vista 64 Home Premium (100$). So we are talking ~250-280$USD without OS and ~350-380$USD with OS. Not sure of the UK prices, but this gives you something to start from in the homebuild forum.