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Upgrading CPU AMD Phenom 9560 Quad to Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Gh

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September 24, 2011 1:30:00 PM

Right now I have an HP with a AMD Phenom 9560 Quad, is it possible for me to just purchase Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ and replace my old one.

I would get a new PSU to around 600W. I currently have an HIS Radeon HD 5770 installed now.

Thanks for the help.

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September 24, 2011 1:55:06 PM

Follow this link to HP support and type your model# in the search box.

In 'Product Information' most likely in the 'Product Spec' link you will find a description of your motherboard.

HP ain't that great in describing CPU support but you can search the internets with the motherboard name to see what CPU upgrades have been successful.

THEN, there is the question of your BIOS. Sometimes, it is good to update your BIOS for a new processor; sometimes, the original BIOS that comes in an OEM system is more 'open' to accepting a new processor. This varies by OEM and model.

The good news is there are some great prices on 95w CPUs that should work well for you in the 125w 965BE is not an option. The AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz should not hold back your HD5770 much, if any.

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September 24, 2011 1:56:36 PM

From looking at the 'Processor Upgrade Information' tab, it doesn't look like your motherboard will be able to support the Phenom II X4 965 BE.
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September 24, 2011 2:04:30 PM

I seriously doubt your motherboard supports Phenom II's or 125w cpu's.

The joys of buying a HP.
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September 24, 2011 2:05:50 PM

Sorry, wrong message posted for the wrong OP.
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September 24, 2011 2:19:39 PM

thanks for the info guys. I play WOW and am getting crappy fps even with the new graphics card. Will the AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz run a lot better than the CPU I have now?

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September 24, 2011 2:25:17 PM

Basically what I am asking is what is a good CPU that I can upgrade to for gaming.

Here is the upgrade info straight from HP.

Here's the processor upgrade info from the HP website:
Socket type: AM3
TDP:
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
•AMD Athlon X2 (Bt)
•AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 6000+ (W)
•AMD Phenom Triple-Core up to 8xxx (AM2+) (Toliman)
•AMD Phenom Quad-Core 9xxx series (AM2+) up to 9850 (Agena)
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September 24, 2011 3:50:52 PM

look at this, https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documentdocname=c01...
the same board you have but a different version (Violet3) this Mobo in the above link supports AM3 Phenom II 95W CPUs...
we are telling you that you can't even upgrade because you might have just an AM2+ socket, so make sure that there's a BIOS update for your Mobo that supports the AM3 CPUs or tell me that name of your HP machine (for eg. HP Elite 2xxxx)
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September 25, 2011 4:36:06 PM

The integrated memory controller in AM3 processors are capable of using either DDR2 or DDR3, and are capable of running on either AM3+, AM3 or AM2+ motherboards..

The question is whether your OEM motherboard will support 125w PhII processors. You need to search around for that answer. The outlook is not good.

There are PhII 95w alternatives BUT they are getting harder to find - you just missed the AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz at Newegg for $95. The Egg is also OoS on the AMD Phenom II X4 840 Edition Deneb 3.2 GHz 95w, which is a good possible alternative for you, BUT they are available on Amazon.

And, YES, the X3 Rana would be a substantial upgrade over your X4 9650 in gaming BUT the loss of a core will reduce video encoding performance.
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