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March 17, 2010 5:01:56 AM


I want to buy a new CPU upgrade for my PC, with the hopes that it is better than the AMD Athlon 64 x2 5200+ Brisbane that I currently have.

These are my mothernoard's details (not a high end motherboard):

PCChips A15g V1.0
BIOS:p hoenix-Award Workstation BIOS v6.00PG

I wanted to see if it runs an AMD Phenom II 940 black edition clocked at 3.0ghz (this is an AM2+ version of Phenom II)

and if not, If it runs and AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+

Thank You, I understand my motherboard may not be enough, nevertheless it doesn't hurt to ask the question just to be sure.

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March 17, 2010 7:57:18 AM

Oficially no not the Phenom II 940 (125w chip), I think it is a Power Issue or not enough power on the board to cope with that chip.

The 64x2 6000+ is also out the question as it has a power draw of 125 w

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March 17, 2010 9:10:07 PM

Ok, then, there is the phenom x4 9750 Quad Core, clocked at 2.4 ghz...would this be a reasonable upgrade to my 2.7ghz dual core, or would I actually be downgrading (2.7ghz dual vs 2.4ghz quad)?
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March 17, 2010 9:23:41 PM

Looks like your board supports a number of the Athlon II parts, which would probably be the best/least expensive upgrades for your situation. The 9750 x4 really isn't gonna be as much of an increase as you really want, not worth the money in general. The higher clocked Athlon II dual cores are good. They don't list the higher clocked Athlon II x4's for some reason, but they DO list that it can take a 125W TDP athlon 64FX, so I don't know what the issue is with the quad core Athlon IIs.
Overall, I would look for a reasonably high-clocked Athlon II or Phenom II processor that is on that list to go with as they will be the best upgrades you can get with your current MOBO.
March 18, 2010 5:21:48 AM

It looks like I found an AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ that is the same exact model that fits my motherboard, it is an 89w windsor f3 socket am2 (a bit older)...nevertheless, from the looks of it, it performs better than my 5200+ anyway because of the frequency. so I guess I will go with that...and I will emphasize that my motherboard absolutely does NOT overclock anything at all, and since I will be running at stock always, 3ghz stock may be appropriate. Running any quad core on this mobo would confine me to stock also, of which no phenom or phenom II socket am2/am2+ even reaches the speed of 3.0ghz.

Yes, I play games, but I won't be playing games that require a quad core (like GTA IV) anytime soon...but I will be playing Assasin's Creed II, which actually recommends the 6000+. Thank you all, thank you Moricon for pointing me to the website.
March 18, 2010 5:26:38 AM

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