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February 22, 2010 2:13:08 PM

I have an almost four year old computer, but i've upgraded almost all components, only things i havn't changed are mainboard and CPU. And now i'm starting to feel i should upgrade the CPU aswell.

I have:
- Windows XP Home SP2, 32 bit
- MSI Amethyst-M
- AMD Athlon 64 3200+
- 4GB RAM (I know i can only utilise 3.25GB)
- Radeon HD4870

I was thinking about getting AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5600+
Should I?
What is the difference between box and tray? And how can i know what will work with my mainboard?

Thanks
- Nils

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February 22, 2010 2:23:58 PM

Browsing a little more. Athlon II X2 250 maybe? :sweat: 
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February 22, 2010 3:21:28 PM

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00...

Your motherboard is a 939 socket so it will only support 939 socket CPUs (up to the 4800+).

939 socket CPUs are no longer in production so you'll have to find one used.

The Athlon II X2 250 won't be compatible. :( 

You are really bottlenecking that 4870 so if you can find a dual core (X2) or can afford an entire system rebuild, do so. :) 
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February 22, 2010 6:41:37 PM

Socket 939 are hard to find, used off ebay is one of your few options. Socket 939 went out of production at least 4 years ago at this point. As already mentioned, the X2 4800 is the best you can upgrade to, but don't get confused as AMD used the same processor names for AM2 Athlon X2 processors. You'll need to double check before buying that it's a 939 Athlon X2 and not an AM2.

Personally I'd just save for a new system, even todays $50 processors are much better than anything socket 939, but unfortuneatly you'll need a new motherboard and ram too.
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February 23, 2010 9:08:54 AM

Can i just get a new mainboard which supports the new processors?
I have DDR RAM, are there any mainboards that use DDR anymore?
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February 23, 2010 9:17:04 AM

If I were to get, theoretically, the ASRock K7S41GX which has DDR-support, ATX-micro from factor, and "AMD Socket A" What processor could i get?
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February 23, 2010 9:36:35 AM

Sorry for the short outburst i'm leaving as replys ;) 
I've done a bit of research and i think i'm getting the hang of things now...
If I were to get the MSI 915GM4-FI which supports DDR Ram and has an Intel Socket 775, I could also get the Core 2 Extreme X6800 for example?

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February 23, 2010 11:58:22 PM

Looks like that motherboard supports only the 65nm core2duos. However better than what you have, they are no longer in production and will still be hard to find and likely expensive.

You'd be better off saving up and getting ddr2or3, mobo, cpu than buying another old motherboard/cpu.

I actually just found this, which might be something to look at. You'll be able to use 2 sticks of DDR1 or 2 sticks of DDR2. I would still look into ddr2 asap though if you go this route.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A good supported CPU for this mobo for the price would be the E5200 (it is out of stock atm). It will require a bios update on your mobo however.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a list of supported CPUs by this mobo.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=4CoreDual-SATA2
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February 24, 2010 5:39:52 AM

so is there no way for me to upgrade without losing all my current ram?
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February 24, 2010 9:05:11 AM

No. At least not economically.

4 years is already good life spent for a computer. You might be trying to save some money by re-using your DDR1 RAM but by doing so, you buy the kind of CPU and motherboard that will extend the life of your PC by only a year or two at the most and pay a premium too because they are no longer mainstream.

There are cheap AM2+ or AM3 motherboards and 2GB of DDR2 or DDR3 RAM will cost just about $45. They will go with the X2 250 very nicely and you got a very good upgrade path that will extend the life of your PC for another 4 years.
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February 24, 2010 11:15:03 AM

randomkid said:
No. At least not economically.

4 years is already good life spent for a computer. You might be trying to save some money by re-using your DDR1 RAM but by doing so, you buy the kind of CPU and motherboard that will extend the life of your PC by only a year or two at the most and pay a premium too because they are no longer mainstream.

There are cheap AM2+ or AM3 motherboards and 2GB of DDR2 or DDR3 RAM will cost just about $45. They will go with the X2 250 very nicely and you got a very good upgrade path that will extend the life of your PC for another 4 years.


Thank you, now i know :) 
What should I get!? I need a new motherboard, a new BIOS maybe? and a new processor. Also new RAM.

Thanks
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March 3, 2010 8:45:45 AM

Best answer selected by gronast.
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March 3, 2010 7:36:22 PM

gronast said:
so is there no way for me to upgrade without losing all my current ram?


If you read my whole post you would have noticed the mixed DDR/DDR2 mobo I found. :) 
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