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July 23, 2011 3:29:44 AM

Hello,
I have a question regarding my current desktop the HP Pavilion p6631 p-b PC (was bundle). It came with an AMD Athlon ii x4 635 processor, and I feel like it is bottle-necking my HD 5770 graphics card that I bought, so my question is, can I switch out this CPU with a stronger one? I know it will have to be AMD, but I would like to know if I can do this. I can give any pc info if needed(:


EDIT: Please, help is greatly appreciated, I know you guys are the best, so just tell me what info you need, and I can try to help you help me xD

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July 24, 2011 12:02:07 AM

GhislainG said:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...

Expand "Processor upgrade information" to see the list of supported processors.

Edit: Before ordering a new CPU, make sure that your system has the N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix) motherboard.




I have an H - Alvorix - RS880 - uATX, is there a difference?
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July 24, 2011 12:11:22 AM

the X4 635 outpowers the 5770 by far, I doubt there will be any bottlenecking even with CF 5770s, so if bottleneck is the only concern, there's no point in upgrading.
Even if you do upgrade for whatever reason, the Phenom II offers little improvement for the vast amount of money spent.
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July 24, 2011 12:12:14 AM

Thank you, later on if I upgrade to the 6850 will I need to get a new cpu?
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July 24, 2011 12:16:09 AM

no, the 635 would do fine with even the 6950.
but the deciding factor would be the game that you play, whether it's depends more on CPU or GPU. But generally, the 635 has quite some headroom for graphics.
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July 24, 2011 12:21:52 AM

Meatymutawings said:
no, the 635 would do fine with even the 6950.
but the deciding factor would be the game that you play, whether it's depends more on CPU or GPU. But generally, the 635 has quite some headroom for graphics.



I play Starcraft 2, Crysis 2, and Team Fortress 2 (what a coincidence xD) and have a lot of movies, and I also stream, which shouldnt matter, but can the 635 still handle these? I do dual screen, dont know if that matters :/ 
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July 24, 2011 2:12:44 AM

635 should handle all of those games beyond your the degree your graphics can, I have no knowledge about steaming but it definitely cuts down quite some FPS.
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July 24, 2011 2:23:26 AM

XelnagaZ said:
I have an H - Alvorix - RS880 - uATX, is there a difference?

You should contact HP to make sure your motherboard supports the same processors. On the other hand, meatymutawings has a good point. It's useless to get a more powerful processor unless you've determined that it's the bottleneck.
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