Can anyone tell me whether or not I have any options as far as upgrading this to a newer processor? I've been reading conflicting things about the ability to do this. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give me.
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No, you really don't have many options, I would start with a new build.
I recommend you consider building a new system , yours is a bit old. but if you don't really need higher performance right now, wait a little more the prices are dropping specially AMD's