BIOS Pheonix Technoligies, LTD
Version R01-B0 - 03/03/2009
Memory 4096MBytes Dual Channal DDR2
Graphics NVidia Geforce GT 120 with 1024MBytes memory
PSU Acer Aspire x3200 Liteon PE-5221-08 PSU Power Supply 210W
Is it possible to upgrade the CPU in in this machine or should I just get a better computer. On a good note for this current system I can run most (Pre 2010), games on high. I just wanted to see if I could get a little more out of it.
Here is your CPU recommendation. 95W and much better performing than your current CPU. You will need to check compatibility though or risk it and make sure you can return the CPU if it doesn't work.
If you are gaming, your CPU is not holding you back as much as your video card.
Thanks Enzo Matrix, but with your recommendation I would need a bigger power supply and I have also been advised that I would need a better graphics card. The problems I have with this is that firstly, my system is a small form factor desktop. Secondly all the 95 W CPU I have found are Socket AM3, (although they will fit in a Socket AM2+, with some loss of functionality). Thirdly I have yet to find a larger power supply that will fit the case, and last but not least there is the problem that given I accomplished the upgrade, there would be a heat issue.
To that end I have now given the computer to my wife, as she was using a old Pentium 4 3.00 Ghz. She is happy enough with it as she can do more than she could on the P4 and it will also save me having to get another computer for her.
Thanks to all that helped and I will no doubt be back on here to get more help with future problems and will be recommending this forum to my mates and family, if and when the get computer woes.
There is no loss of CPU functionality putting an AM3 CPU in an AM2+ socket. The new Athlons produce less heat than the older phenoms. There are also low-power versions of the Athlons available that will still outperform the current CPU. There are also some decent low power video cards.
It should be easy to find a new PSU if you can identify the form factor. ATX may be most common, but sites and stores still sell the smaller form factors at sufficient wattage.
But, glad to hear you found a good use for it. That's certainly a nice upgrade for your wife.