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Upgrading an M2N61 Acacia

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May 25, 2012 1:33:19 AM

Hi; I'm upgrading an HP Slimline s3200z so I can keep using it, and I'm trying to figure out what the highest CPU the board will support is.

The Board is an Asus manufactured M2N61 Acacia Mini-ITX form factor. Board Specs here.

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 [ ]
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?

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May 25, 2012 1:53:56 PM

Here's a used one from ebay for $30: According to the amd identification number in the picture, this is the 65w version. Others may be 89 watts, which is too high. 2.6 ghtz is the highest speed you can get at 65 watts.
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May 26, 2012 4:29:57 PM

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May 27, 2012 1:54:38 AM

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