I have a HP pavilion with a amd athlon x2 4200 cpu. Was wondering what is the quickest cpu that I could put in it. Wife's computer with a small bit of light gaming. Bios locked, so no overclocking. Thinking about an x2 6000, but was curious if there was a better option?
You may want to verify compatibility with the motherboard if you can. The socket will be the same, so the chip will slide in. However, some of the older x2 chips use 65w TDP's and the 6000 uses a 125w TDP. This could mean compatibility problems if they gave you a trashy mobo since the new chip will draw a lot more juice and dissipate more heat.
I agree, X2 6000 is a bad choice. The TDP for that is very high (95W). Plus the 6000+ is 90nm I think. Your best option here would be a X2 5000+ 2.6Ghz BE, this is 65nm and has a TDP of about 65W, I think. You may want to check newegg.com first. You seriously need to check the motherboard specs first, AM2+ would be great. Hope that helps.
If your computer is socket 939 then you can't really upgrade it as a 4200X2 will be as good as it gets (o.k there are 4800s but they cost an arm and a leg now). If you have DDR Ram, then it's a socket 939, but if the RAM is DDR2, then it's at least an AM2 board. Anyway you're going to have to go to the HP website and see the CPU support for your particular model. I doubt you will be able to do much better than an Athlon 6000+ without a hacked BIOS, but check the HP website to be sure. Also, there are currently 3 versions of the Athlon 6000+. There are two Windsor models with the first one being 125W and the second being 95W. The latter is preferable. The third version is the Brisbane model.
Thank you very much for your quick replies. I was I guess hoping that there would be something faster out there. I will check into the memory and see which I have. I am pretty sure it is not a socket 939. But wasn't sure if it could be a am2 or an am2+. I will do some more research on it also.
Can't CPU-Z distinguish which socket he's using? Google it, it's a simple fast software that will give a lot of info on your rig. If it's AM2 then you should have a good variety of options available, 5000+ BE is one of them. You may even be able to flash your bios to accept AM2+ CPU's, in which case even the AM2+ Phenom II's will work too