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June 12, 2012 2:34:35 AM

Brand: ELITEGROUP
Model MCP61PM-AM

I am wondering what the best CPU (maybe a phenom) that I can get in here is. and if any what am2+ CPUs will go in here? I want the fastest CPU for gaming I can get in here. please help
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June 12, 2012 2:45:06 AM

best that board might take is an athlon x2 6400 and that IF the bios supports it. Since that board is a custom made board for companies like gateway, emachines... you will definitely need bios support. Your best bet is to save up another hundred bucks and buy a new motherbd & ram to go with a new processor if you want to game.
June 12, 2012 2:46:46 AM

Property Value
BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Serial Number CCX7-C
BIOS Version 6.00 PG
BIOS Date 11/16/2007
BIOS Size 512 KB
BIOS Starting Segment E000h
DMI Version 2.4
Characteristics - supports ISA
- supports PCI
- supports Plug-and-Play
- supports APM
- upgradeable (Flash) BIOS
- allows BIOS shadowing
- supports booting from CD-ROM
- supports selectable boot
- BIOS ROM is socketed
- supports Enhanced Disk Drive specification
- supports INT 13 5.25-inch/360K floppy services
- supports INT 13 5.25-inch/1.2M floppy services
- supports INT 13 3.5-inch/720K floppy services
- supports INT 13 3.5-inch/2.88M floppy services
- supports INT 05 print-screen
- supports INT 09 and 8042 keyboard services
- supports INT 14 serial services
- supports INT 17 printer services
- supports INT 10 CGA/Mono video services
- supports ACPI
- supports legacy USB
- supports booting from LS-120
- supports booting from ATAPI ZIP drive
- BIOS Boot Specification supported
- Function key-initiated Network Service boot supported
- Enable Targeted Content Distribution
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June 12, 2012 2:48:34 AM

AT/AT COMPATIBLE
11/16/07
GATEWA - 42302e31|)Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG|oC(Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG|
05/16/11
AT/AT COMPATIBLE
June 13, 2012 2:08:42 AM

This will probably be a huge pain to have the BIOS updated for your motherboard. As popatim stated above, you better save a few bucks more and buy a new one. Or hold the upgrade process for a while more, Trinity is almost knocking on the door.
June 13, 2012 4:25:41 AM

I don't have the $ to buy a new mobo w/ CPU and other stuff I just don't have it
June 14, 2012 4:02:45 AM

I looked at the athlon x2 6400 and it is very pricey, I'm looking for a faster cheap cpu that my mobo will support
June 23, 2012 5:06:03 AM

notlim981 said:
This will probably be a huge pain to have the BIOS updated for your motherboard. As popatim stated above, you better save a few bucks more and buy a new one. Or hold the upgrade process for a while more, Trinity is almost knocking on the door.

so is their any CPU that is high on the performance scale that I don't have to upgrade my BIOS for
June 23, 2012 7:29:16 PM

You're in a very tough and dark path. If I were you I'd probably get myself a summer job to raise some funds, you'll be way better off with a new reliable system that will last at least three years. As stated, Trinity is coming, it's better than Athlons and you'll save $$$ with GPU. 2007 is a very old BIOS date for today's standards and this board doesn't even have SATA III ports.

Best regards.
June 23, 2012 10:14:50 PM

How much money do you have? You might be able to put together something on the cheap that will be better than what youve got now. You can get a Llano and a decent motherboard and RAM for a little over $100 and then youll need an OEM copy of Windows 7 so youre looking at a hair over $200. Is that just not an option at all? You would be so so much better off if you could scrounge up enough cash for that.
July 2, 2012 2:19:46 AM

ok for the last time I dont want a new computer right now I just want you to help me find a new cpu upgrade
July 2, 2012 2:38:49 AM

Excuse the hell out of me! You never said what your budget was so sorry for asking a question to try and help you better. Good luck with your search. :pfff: 
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July 2, 2012 2:44:44 AM

What's the actual model of the system (Brand and model number)? I can't find a CPU support list for the mobo itself, but maybe I can find a support list on the support site for the system.

Edit: Never mind on that. I found it and it wasn't any help either. Such a lack of info...

This is ALL I can find on it

CPU:
Socket AM2 with AMD Athlon 64 FX/ Athlon 64/ Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core/ Sempron processor
High-performance Hyper Transport CPU interface.
Support transfer rate of 2000/1600/1200/800/400 mega-transfers per second.

Not much help for specific CPU's.
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July 2, 2012 3:00:37 AM

A little better here, although this is for the MCP61PM-HM not the MCP61PM-AM

Socket type: AM2

TDP: 89 watt

Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology up to 5600+ (up to 89 watt)
Athlon 64 less than 4000+
Sempron less than 4000+

Seriously though, unless you have a VERY low end CPU in it now, it's not really worth spending money on. My suggestion, as much as you don't want to hear it, is just to save up for a new system. The performance gained from even a low end single core Athlon64 to a the best X2 that it suports won't be enough to make it worth the money spent, even if it's only $20-$30.
July 2, 2012 7:00:49 PM

axe1592 said:
Excuse the hell out of me! You never said what your budget was so sorry for asking a question to try and help you better. Good luck with your search. :pfff: 

sorry for being so harsh it's just that I don't want a new computer and I don't have the money for one so if you could at least help me find the fastest am2 proccesor that my board and bios will support :??: 
July 2, 2012 7:03:16 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
What's the actual model of the system (Brand and model number)? I can't find a CPU support list for the mobo itself, but maybe I can find a support list on the support site for the system.

Edit: Never mind on that. I found it and it wasn't any help either. Such a lack of info...

This is ALL I can find on it

CPU:
Socket AM2 with AMD Athlon 64 FX/ Athlon 64/ Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core/ Sempron processor
High-performance Hyper Transport CPU interface.
Support transfer rate of 2000/1600/1200/800/400 mega-transfers per second.

Not much help for specific CPU's.

it was a gateway board that I bought used
July 2, 2012 7:54:28 PM

also according to siw (system information for windows) and sysspec (system specifications) the pc my motherboard came from is a gateway gt 5656 and on their site it says on specifications:

Processor AMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor
Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1 MB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
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July 2, 2012 8:01:58 PM

I really wish I could tell you for sure what would work, but I've searched high and low and absolutely CAN NOT find a CPU support list for that mobo (or system).

You could try to call Gateway to find out, but I doubt they would tell you, since they apparently don't officially support CPU upgrades.

With that CPU, I'd say you're pretty close to the best you can do though. If an AM2+ CPU would work, you can do better, obviously, but I don't see anything saying it will.

I'm telling you, save your money for a new system. You're not gonna get good value for the money spent on a system that old. It just doesn't make fiscal sense to do it.
July 2, 2012 9:19:01 PM

can you at least tell me this? if it is a 6000+ motherboard will it support a 6400+?
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July 2, 2012 9:22:44 PM

help me_83 said:
can you at least tell me this? if it is a 6000+ motherboard will it support a 6400+?


No actually, I can't. I told you ALL I can find, above. You can try it and see if you want, but since there's nothing to say that it will or won't, it's just a roll of the dice.
July 2, 2012 9:24:17 PM

ok...well thanks for helping anyway
July 6, 2012 4:46:17 PM

I just decided to buy an athlon x2 5600+ it should be good enough
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July 6, 2012 5:26:53 PM

Hmmm....moral of the story....u can't help a person that doesn't want to be helped !!! :) 
October 19, 2012 2:19:44 AM

New thing, I upgraded to a 5600+ windsor and over clocked it to 3.1 ghz with a bus speed of 222.5. Is this safe?
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October 19, 2012 8:21:40 AM

perfectly fine .. you could even go higher but you would have to increase voltage for that . how much you got the 5600+ for ?
October 19, 2012 10:02:52 PM

got it for 50 bucks off amazon
January 15, 2013 12:42:17 PM

I have an HP machine that came with a Phenom Quadcore installed.
March 15, 2013 11:22:53 PM

So i have that same gateway computer and I'm thinking of upgrading also. How's that cpu treating you. Any advice before i purchase the cpu. Cheapest i could find on amazon is 200. And I've already invested too much in hardware to get a new computer. Advice is welcome thanks

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