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Upgrade from AMD 4400+ to 5600+

Hello, I currently have a HP Pavillion a6110n desktop computer with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ CPU. I am looking to upgrade the CPU, and I have done my research; my motherboard cannot support anything better than an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+. At the moment I am not interested in doing a new build.

My questions:

A) Is my current heatsink for the 4400+ (I don't know the specs on it) compatible with the 5600+?

B) Are used processors like those on ebay worthwhile?

Most of the 5600+ CPU's online are used and come without a heatsink. I am finding it very difficult to find a new one at an affordable price. I know I will have to buy the intermediate thermal material/grease separately.

Thank you for your time!
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  1. Honestly, I would just save your money and put it towards a new pc when your ready. You will most likely not even notice the performance difference, upgrading to a x2 5600.
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    agreed, you will not notice a difference between the two processors. depending on the stepping of yours, they probably both have the same architecture and cache sizes, with the only difference being clock speed. You could probably overclock your current cpu to almost the same speed as the 5600+.

    your cpu is 2200Mhz,
    the X5600 is 2800Mhz.

    that might seem like a big difference, but with the old architecture it hardly makes a difference.
  3. I have decided to not follow through with the upgrade. My thought was that since it is rated at 2.8 Ghz, it would be significantly faster. I did not take the architecture into account, nor the option of overclocking. Thank you to both of you!
  4. Best answer selected by BT19.
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