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Dell 531 motherboard and AMD Phenom II

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August 1, 2010 4:44:14 PM

Hello,
I have a Dell 531, motherboard, RY206, with a AMD Athlon II, AM2 socket. I understand the Phenom II will go into a AM2 socket, but only with the BIOS upgraded. Can anyone tell me if the motherboard will support a BIOS upgrade for the CPU?

Thanks.
August 1, 2010 4:59:46 PM

IIRC the most you can put in that box is an Althon II x64...

It is also NOT recommended to use an 125w version of the Athlon with that model

I would advise you start saving for a new rig altogether...
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August 1, 2010 10:29:57 PM

needsumhelplol said:
IIRC the most you can put in that box is an Althon II x64...

:ouch:  Wow that's better than my Athlon II x4

Joking aside, the only CPU that is 100% guaranteed to work with that computer is the highest end model that the computer originally could ship with.
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August 1, 2010 10:34:55 PM

cancienne9 said:
Hello,
I have a Dell 531, motherboard, RY206, with a AMD Athlon II, AM2 socket. I understand the Phenom II will go into a AM2 socket, but only with the BIOS upgraded. Can anyone tell me if the motherboard will support a BIOS upgrade for the CPU?

Thanks.


this is the DELL Inspiron 531? If so, they came with athlon x2 CPU's, they are different then Athlon II (although the naming scheme is a bit confusing).
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August 2, 2010 10:48:46 AM

Save up for a new build, and you will never go back to store bought desktops. As you have discovered your options are quite limited by design.

I did the same and just moved my "old" Athlon X2 5200 HP machine to a network file server for media and torrents.

You won't regret it.
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