According to HP, the "Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology up to 65 Watt
Athlon 64 up to 65 Watt
Sempron up to 65 Watt"
I have a single core x64 processor, which has been enough since I have modest computing needs and an even more modest budget.. ..but it's not quite enough anymore, so I'd like to upgrade to the multi-core world. Problem is, there are a LOT of Athlon 64 X2 processors listed with the AM2 socket. Out of this list [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Athlon_64_micr... ]
What is the fastest chip that my motherboard will support without (1) burning out the board or (2) having a really fast CPU that the motherboard can't recognize or use. An explanation of what works/doesn't work, and why, would also really be appreciated.
I bought this computer new in 2006, and over the years I've done a few things (upgraded memory, added a graphics card, moved it to another case, upgraded the power supply) that have extended it's useful lifespan, and I know this is probably the last thing I'll do to improve it. Another 2-3 years without having to buy a new computer is what I'm aiming for.
Related; will I need to flash the BIOS or will the BIOS recognize the new processor from the get go?