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July 10, 2012 8:25:46 PM

Hello,
I have an AMD Sempron 3400+ 2.0GHz CPU,Socket 939 motherboard, pretty outdated, I know. I want to know the highest possible CPU upgrade for my PC, and also if it's even possible is there any duo core compatibility?

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July 10, 2012 8:37:27 PM

Can you list your motherboard model number? There's a few things we need to take into consideration before we can recommend you anything :) 
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July 10, 2012 8:53:30 PM

On Socket 939, you're going to be SEVERELY limited. But yes, let us know the model of your motherboard.
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July 10, 2012 9:06:41 PM

Sure thing, Motherboard is ASUS A8E-LE
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July 10, 2012 9:12:26 PM

Ah, it's an OEM system, that makes it even worse. What's the brand and model of the system? I have a feeling you won't be able to go very far with it. An Athlon 64 X2 of some kind would be the best you can do, but I won't know which one until I know the model of the system.
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July 10, 2012 10:40:11 PM

What exactly is an OEM system, Also my computer is a Compaq Presario SR1717CL, thanks for all your help so far
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July 10, 2012 10:53:30 PM

OEM means "Original Equipment Manufacturer", but it's what pre-built store bought system are called. CPU support for OEM systems is spotty at best because you're never really meant to be able to upgrade them.

From what I can tell, the best CPU you can upgrade to is an Athlon 64 X2 4800+.

I can't really find a complete support list though. That's just the best CPU it supports according to this. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?dlc=en&lc=e...
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July 11, 2012 12:11:24 AM

I've been researching some and I found the best CPU that supports socket 939 is an AMD Athlon 64-Fx60, it is dual core, would it be compatible with just the same socket or are there other things it needs to be able to work?
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July 11, 2012 12:12:29 AM

I would choose a CPU from the link DJDecibel provided...there's a chance it may not work in the motherboard even IF the socket is the same.
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July 11, 2012 12:46:07 AM

Dazejay said:
I've been researching some and I found the best CPU that supports socket 939 is an AMD Athlon 64-Fx60, it is dual core, would it be compatible with just the same socket or are there other things it needs to be able to work?


It's all dependent on the BIOS and what IT can support. Yes, there were better CPU's on Socket 939 than an Athlon 64 X2 4800+, BUT, as I alluded to earlier, since that's an OEM motherboard that has VERY limited CPU support, unless there's a BIOS update that provides support for anything better, that's the best you can do.

That's the main reason I wish people would just learn to build their own systems, lol. SO much easier to upgrade, with a MUCH better upgrade path usually. I understand building a computer seems out of most people's leagues (it's really not. It's extremely easy, in fact), but man, it's worth it, and cheaper too, most of the time.
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July 11, 2012 12:52:20 AM

I don't recommend the Athlon 64 X2. I had a socket 939 board once and I thought "Hey, I'll just replace this single core 3800+ with a X2 4200+. Then my system will be much faster." Well, it didn't work out as I expected and was a waste of $50. (Yes they still sell for $50 used on ebay and that's if you get lucky). It will still be really slow. Just save the money, sell off your system and try to upgrade the system as a whole. It will be much more gratifying.
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July 11, 2012 6:56:17 PM

Alright thanks for all the help guys, really appreciate it, great forums.
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