Yes, Another C521... for gaming

yes, i AM another one of those DUMBASSES trying to upgrade my Dell Dimension C521 for gaming.
i am planning on trying to stick an AMD Athlon X2 6000+ Brisbane into the dinosaur.... is it possible? you know, without considering suicide before it finally sticks?i *believe* the socket is an AM2.

specs:AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor

4GB RAM

nVidia integrated video (DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0 Graphics Processing Unit)

PCI Express 1.0A

280 W

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimc521/en/SM_EN/specs.htm

website link if i'm just spewing useless info
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  1. It's a Socket AM2 but it's got a TDP of 89W.
    That is something you need to take into consideration but the Athlon 64 X2 was also rated for 89Watts..... :)
    So you're in luck and they will get along just fine.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103645
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlon_64_X2
  2. It would probably work at least with a bios update ( which you might get from dell ), but for gaming you are better off just installing a graphics card.
    4GB ram, and the dual core you already have actually handle things ok.

    Get a low profile Radeon HD 5570 or 6570. Should give you nice boost in graphics performance.
    Here is a cheap one $49.99 ( before $10 MIR )
  3. with that PSU, i would not change the graphics card. so you need a new psu, a new cpu and a new gpu, i'd say use the case, dvd, floppy etc., get a new build from scratch, will be a lot better than an x26000+
  4. well the problem with

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103645&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=o7gd6v3jh77a

    is: Deactivated. This item is currently out of stock and it may or may not be restocked.

    oh and i Already have a Graphics card on the way , this will just be the icing on the cake :)
  5. Newegg isn't the only vendor in the world.
  6. and you expect to run a modern GPU, and a more powerful CPU off a 280W PSU? you won't run it for long...
  7. The existing CPU and the new GPU should run fine. As the maximum pull for the graphics card is the PCIe which is like 75W
  8. And what card does he actually have?
  9. 5670 is what he plans on getting, currently i think he has none as he listed something about integrated graphics.
  10. nope he claims to already have a card, beyond what was listed in the original post, but hasn't said what it is. But you are probably right, as its a low profile card there's not much room for power consumption there anyway.
  11. He doesn't claim, he had already posted the earlier update on another thread, and now he wants to do what he is doing.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/328318-33-graphics-card-core-clock-dilemma

    It's better to stick to answering the question about a particular part, since the OP knows what he wants..... he's just a little hesitant. That's the main reason he left out everything else and just asked about the CPU in this thread.
  12. yup, i have the graphics card, just trying to get a decent rig so i can at least play BF3 on the lowest settings.
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