Compaq Presario CQ3440AN Desktop Upgrade

January 15, 2013 at 16:17:17
Specs: Windows 7 , 3.0GHz / 4GB
I am considering upgrading a Compaq Presario CQ3440AN Desktop PC as follows:
Replacing existing 3.0MHz CPU AMD Athlon IIx4 640 with 3.4MHz CPU AMD3 x2 270 (Regor).
Increasing RAM from existing 4Gb to 8Gb using 2 x 4Gb DDR3 PC3-10600MHz 240pin DIMM.
I am only a novice at upgrading and am seeking advice regarding whether or not either aspect of the upgrade is advisable and, should any upgrade the motherboard M2N68-LA (Narra6L) be needed Many Thanks - Bob Deb.

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#1
January 15, 2013 at 21:50:08
The CPU upgrade is actually a downgrade. And if you're not running Win7 64-bit, the memory upgrade is pointless. Why aren't you installing a video card?

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#2
January 15, 2013 at 23:59:34
What is the purpose of upgrade?

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#3
January 16, 2013 at 00:35:23
That is what I felt - coming from a quad core back to (what appears to be) a twin core processor had to be a retrograde step. I have had extreme difficulty in sourcing faster quad core processors - my preferred options are AMD Phenom II x 4 975 (3.6GHz) or 980 (3.7GHz), both models shown to be compatible with the existing motherboard. These are both 125w processors and I appreciate that an increased P/S capacity would be necessary beyond the 250w existing one. However I have been unable to source either of these CPU's here in Australia, the only model offered to me was the 3.4MHz AMD3 x2 270. I was hesitant to embark upon an upgrade to this CPU until I had sought some advice from people such as yourself, of which I am extremely appreciative. I am running W7/64 which, unlike XP, will 'see'the RAM increase above 4Gb. Many thanks - Bob Deb.

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#4
January 16, 2013 at 00:38:23
I do a lot of digital imaging and DVD authoring - I was hoping to speed things up a bit - probably getting impatient in my old age!!! Many thanks - Bob Deb.

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January 16, 2013 at 04:21:30
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...
Don't know if 8GB (4GB x 2) will work.
HD 4550 is weak and need to be replaced.

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#6
January 18, 2013 at 11:58:38
I am not familiar with the term HD 4550 and could not see any reference to it in the PC specs (your link). I thought at first it may have been referring to the original 1Tb hard drive that came with the PC. If so, I have created seperate OS (500Gb) and Data (1Tb) hard drives. Don't like having all my eggs in the one basket! Would appreciate it if you could give me more info. Many thanks - Bob Deb.

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