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Upgrading CPU On The Dell E521 - AMD Athlon X2

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November 22, 2009 11:56:28 AM


I was looking for an upgrade for my friends PC. His currently useing a AM2 CPU, and wanted to know what the higest AM2 CPU Athlon X2 I could get for his PC. I upgraded to 2GB from 1GB of ram, and to a 9600GSO DDR3. All thats left is upgrading the CPU, I'm trying to extend its lifespan. Hopefully for another year, if not two.

Its useing a Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+
November 23, 2009 2:18:28 AM

Thanks for the link! I'll look it up on ebay, or other auction sites. As the prices for new are more pricy then the Athlon II's.

Do you think it would be worth the upgrade? You know, the extra 900Mhz. Would it see a HUGE perfornace increase, or just a few extra FPS per game? Mostly CoD4MW/2 ... Grid and those types of games. Nothing like Crysis... Just like me he hates that game.

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November 23, 2009 7:00:16 PM

no not really u will see a few extra FPS but i would go with a new build or computer to buy
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November 23, 2009 7:45:04 PM

Here is the OEM X2 5600+ Brisbane 2.9GHz for $55. Yah don't need the HSF, anyway ...

Don't forget some OCZ Freeze or AS5.

I think there have been some threads at THG about 89w X2s working but you probably will not gain much over the X2 5600+ ...
December 3, 2009 5:37:02 PM

I have the C521 which is the low profile version of the E521.
I upgraded to the 6000+ Brisbane, here are the specs:

Mfr Part Number: ADV6000IAA5DO
Process Type: AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor 6000+
Frequency: 3.1 GHz
FSB: 2000MHz HT Speed
Cache: 2 x 512 KB
Process: 65nm SOI
Socket: Socket AM2
Power Consumption: 89 W

I had the same 3800+ with 3GB RAM and XP 32 Home, and the NVidia 9600GT 512MB video card. Here is some hard data for you to compare:

I ran 3DMark06 before and after the processor upgrade:

The old 3800+ got a score of 7151
The new 6000+ got a score of 9331

December 8, 2009 3:41:26 PM

Hi, thanks for the reply. At the end of the day, I never upgraded as he was out of money. But I would probbally in the future if he wanted too. Or just get a new PC case and a new motherboard then swap everything over perhaps.

Thanks for the update though.