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What cpu can i fit into my acer aspire t180

does anyone know what cpus i an use to make my pc go faster - i have an acer aspire t180, with 2gb ddr2 ram pc2-5300, mb is em61sm/em61pm. Current cpu is amd sempron 3400+ 1.8ghz. cpu socket is socket am2(940)

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  1. shays47 said:
    does anyone know what cpus i an use to make my pc go faster - i have an acer aspire t180, with 2gb ddr2 ram pc2-5300, mb is em61sm/em61pm. Current cpu is amd sempron 3400+ 1.8ghz. cpu socket is socket am2(940)

    Thanks



    A AMD 5000+ dual core will plug into your motherboard with no bios update.

    Its a modified Foxconn mobo

    You should update the bios first though.
  2. Hellboy said:
    A AMD 5000+ dual core will plug into your motherboard with no bios update.

    Its a modified Foxconn mobo

    You should update the bios first though.


    how would i update the bios?
  3. It should be on the manufacturers website just follow the instructions.
  4. I assume you mean for gaming.

    It wouldn't make much sense to add a CPU and not a graphics card. At that point you'd likely need a different PSU.

    My general rule of thumb is if you need to invest more than $300 for performance increasing components you should get a new computer.
  5. Hellboy said:
    A AMD 5000+ dual core will plug into your motherboard with no bios update.

    Its a modified Foxconn mobo

    You should update the bios first though.


    Would i have to change the psu?
  6. No, it should just go straight in..


    Buy if you have beefed up your video card then you might need some more wattage
  7. Superbiiz (ewiz using search engine) has the 5200 dual core retail boxed with heatsink for $52.50. I would go with this. Most of these cpus are oem without heatsink. Retail boxed cpus also come with a 3 year warranty. I would try it first without a bios flash. A bad flash will kill your motherboard. I've had a few.
  8. I just did an upgrade to my brothers PC just like yours. I got him a 5800+ It worked fine, no problems.... I tried a 6000+ it worked but bios said "unknown processor" other than that it worked fine too. This is all with latest bios of course. My brother was a little worried about "Unknown Processor" so he chose the 5800+. I would imagine the 6400+ would work fine too.
  9. ^ I don't think a 6400+ will work since its a 125w CPU, IIRC.
  10. Hellboy said:
    No, it should just go straight in..


    Buy if you have beefed up your video card then you might need some more wattage



    I was actually thinking of increasing my graphics card to 256mb, would this need a psu update, and if so, what would be the minimum?
    My graphics are currently NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405.
  11. Are you planning on gaming? The lowest I would go for is the 4650/9600GT, this'll probably need a PSU upgrade whats your current PSU?
  12. shays47 said:
    I was actually thinking of increasing my graphics card to 256mb, would this need a psu update, and if so, what would be the minimum?
    My graphics are currently NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405.



    The nvidia 6100 nforce 405 is onboard graphics, its not a separate descrete card.

    Depending on which one you go for ( 256mb is not enough btw ) a 512 or a 1gb will do you better.

    What do you want to do with it.

    What games do you want to play as your current is a direct x 9 card which uses system ram to work. Abiet not a very powerfull one at that. It will play sims and low rate fps like battlefield 2 ( just about ) etc but not the latest stuff.
  13. Hellboy said:
    The nvidia 6100 nforce 405 is onboard graphics, its not a separate descrete card.

    Depending on which one you go for ( 256mb is not enough btw ) a 512 or a 1gb will do you better.

    What do you want to do with it.

    What games do you want to play as your current is a direct x 9 card which uses system ram to work. Abiet not a very powerfull one at that. It will play sims and low rate fps like battlefield 2 ( just about ) etc but not the latest stuff.


    To be honest, i may not bother with the graphics card. I just want my pc to run faster, and someone in work told me that putting a new processor in would speed it up. Ideally, i would like it to be as little hassle as possible(can any am2(940) processoer be used)? - any suggestions

    Thanks
  14. I have looked on the net and researched your machine..


    A AMDx2 5000 will plop straight in and will be pretty cheap too.

    you could get one for around £40 - 50.


    That would increase your speed compared to what you have..
  15. Hellboy said:
    I have looked on the net and researched your machine..


    A AMDx2 5000 will plop straight in and will be pretty cheap too.

    you could get one for around £40 - 50.


    That would increase your speed compared to what you have..


    Is that the athlon 64? - Would the bios have to be updated?
  16. shays47 said:
    Is that the athlon 64? - Would the bios have to be updated?


    depends on how old your current bios is.

    As it seems, no bios upgrade is required if your bios supports the new CPU
  17. dam double post
  18. So it wouldn't fit with this processor: AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition?
  19. Usually the BIOS will limit which CPU's can be installed, even though the motherboard can physically fit the 7750 the BIOS may not recognize it,
  20. You motherboard is a Foxconn with a Acer logo in is bios


    The actual model is a foxconn mcp61sm-am


    http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx?type=mb&socket=Socket%20AM2&model=MCP61SM2MA-ERS2H&cputype=AMD


    The above link gives you all the processors that can be plugged in to it.

    On plugging in the new processor you will need to clear the cmos battery and i would suggest a bios update from the acer website.

    All the best
  21. Odracir1947 said:
    So it wouldn't fit with this processor: AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition?



    In a nutshell, no.
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