I am new to this website, so let me first say thank you for any assistance you can give.
I have a refurbished computer that is getting pretty old now and was looking to upgrade the CPU. I am having problems finding any information on what motherboard it has in it though and what CPU's it can support. I am hoping the community here might be able to help.
I want to put the fastest CPU that it will accept in. After looking around, I believe it supports AMD dual core but I am not positive and do not want to buy the wrong thing.
I found this one on new egg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would that be a good fit possibly?
Let me also say I have replaced or upgraded pretty much everything else in PC's before including hard drives, dvd-roms, ram, power supply, and video cards, but I have never done a CPU before so this is very new to me and could use any tips or advice you may have.
The problem with OEM systems is that the motherboard in particular is often very difficult to identify. Your processor is an AM2 socket so really, any AM2 processor will fit and should work. The one you pointed to should work fine although you may need to update the BIOS to the latest version if you have issues. You can find the latest BIOS update for your system here:
You may also get away with an AM2+ processor which opens up a load of new options to you. You will be limited to HyperTransport 1.0, however which shouldn't really make too much of a difference. The only thing with this is whether you can find a BIOS update to support these new processors. The safer bet would be the AM2 processor you pointed to. Is changing the motherboard out of the question?
There are a million guides out there on changing a CPU and they explain it a lot better than I could. Google and even YouTube are your friends
Thank you so much for your reply, that helps a ton.
As funds are currently limited, I probably could not afford a new motherboard and a new cpu, although I have not really checked prices. I am trying to get by with an upgrade under $100 (which the cpu I pointed out + thermal paste fits into).
Using the link you supplied, there is only 1 bios to chose from and there is no documentation at all that I could find as to what is supported. It just says: Acer BIOS, R01-C0, 1.1MB, 2008/12/09