CPU upgrade?

Amd sempron / 3200+
July 19, 2009 at 10:09:03
Specs: Windows XP
Hey everyone. Currently been thinking about upgrading my AMD Sempron 3200+ 1.8GHz CPU to something a little faster in order to play an online game i've recently been interested in. Some info below if it helps. Sorry if a lot of it is useless, i know a bit about computers, but not this in depth.

Mother board info:

System
Manufacturer : Compaq Presario 061
Model : ES008AA-ABG SR1715AN AP620
System Chassis
Manufacturer : Hewlett-Packard
Mainboard
Manufacturer : MSI
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
MPS Version : 1.40
Model : AMETHYST-M
Version : 1.0
BIOS : 03/03/2006-RS480-SB400-6A666M4DC-00
Chipset : ATI RS48X ICP
Chipset
Model : HP RS480 Host Bridge
OEM Device Name : ATI (AMD) RS480 Host Bridge
Revision : B1
Bus : HyperTransport
Front Side Bus Speed : 1x 199MHz (199MHz)
In/Out Width : 16-bit / 16-bit
Crossfire Technology : Yes
Maximum Bus Bandwidth : 796MB/s
Maximum Power : 8.00W
Chipset
Model : AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron HT Hub
Revision : A1
Bus : HyperTransport
Version : 1.02
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 796MHz (1.6GHz)
Maximum FSB Speed : 2x 800MHz (1.6GHz)
In/Out Width : 16-bit / 16-bit
I/O Queue Depth : 8 request(s)
Maximum Bus Bandwidth : 6.22GB/s

Chipset 2 Hub Interface
Type : HyperTransport
Version : 1.02
In/Out Width : 16-bit / 16-bit
Multiplier : 4x
Speed : 2x 796MHz (1.6GHz)
Logical/Chipset Memory Banks
Bank 2 : 512MB DDR 2.5-3-3-7 2-10-3-1 2T
Supported Memory Types : ECC DDR Registered ChipKill
Channels : 2
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 163MHz (326MHz)
Maximum Memory Speed : 2x 200MHz (400MHz)
Multiplier : 1/11x
Width : 64-bit
Integrated in Processor : Yes
Cores per Memory Controller : 1 Unit(s)
Refresh Rate : 7.80µs
Power Save Mode : No
Fixed Hole Present : No
Maximum Memory Bus Bandwidth : 5GB/s

Current Processor info:

Processor
Manufacturer : AMD
Model : AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3200+
Speed : 1.8GHz
Peak Processing Performance (PPP) : 7.16GFLOPS
Adjusted Peak Performance (APP) : 2.15WG
Cores per Processor : 1 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
Bus : HyperTransport
Package : Socket µPGA939
Maximum Speed : 1.8GHz / 1x 200MHz (200MHz)
Multiplier : 9x
Minimum/Maximum/Turbo Multiplier : 9x - 9x
Generation : G8
Name : M2F-DH Sempron (K8 Palermo) 90nm 1.4-2.0GHz 1.45-1.55V
Revision/Stepping : 2F / 2 (988)
Stepping Mask : DH-E6
Core Voltage Rating : 1.400V
Min/Max Core Voltage : 1.400V - 1.450V
Maximum Power : 50.00W
Maximum Physical / Virtual Addressing : 40-bit / 48-bit
Native Page Size : 4kB

Co-Processor (FPU)
Speed : 1.8GHz
Type : Integrated
Revision/Stepping : 2F / 2 (988)

Memory Controller
Integrated in Processor : Yes
Speed : 1.8GHz
Multiplier : 9x
Minimum/Maximum/Turbo Multiplier : 9x - 9x

Cache Information
Integrated Data Cache : 64kB, Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size
Integrated Instruction Cache : 64kB, Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way, 64 byte line size
L2 On-board Cache : 256kB, ECC, Synchronous, Write-Back, 16-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size
L2 Cache Multiplier : 1x

Upgradeability
Socket/Slot : Socket 939
Upgrade Interface : Socket 939
Supported Speed(s) : 3GHz


Any suggestions?


Greatly appreciated.

Thanks.


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#1
July 19, 2009 at 11:59:22
You're using the onboard graphics or an add in video card?

How much memory is installed?

Chances are you will get more gaming performance from a video card like the HD4670 than from a processor swap.

Skip


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#2
July 19, 2009 at 13:29:58
It would have been a hell of a lot easier to post this:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

And this:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

You need RAM & a video card...not a CPU. The Radeon HD 4670 as mentioned by Skip would be an excellent choice. Unfortunately, the one that was on sale at newegg for $40 is currently out of stock:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

There are several others available for about $60 though. Here's a good one but it uses two slot spaces in the case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#3
July 19, 2009 at 17:27:46
Thank you for the replies, though i have a GeForce 9400 GT that i'm using right now, so there's no problem in the video card department. Currently i only have 512mb RAM but that's not a problem, i can go purchase 2x 1gb sticks easily.

The minimum requirements for this game is 2.5GHz, and 1gb RAM. My video card meets the recommended so that's not a problem.

So i'm really looking to upgrade my cpu without having to overclock.

Thanks for the help


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#4
July 19, 2009 at 17:36:59
how much money do you have available for the upgrade?

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#5
July 19, 2009 at 17:40:06
400-$500 currently

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#6
July 19, 2009 at 17:41:24
does it matter which model of cpu? intel or amd?

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#7
July 19, 2009 at 17:43:29
I got no real preference, just whatever is compatible and faster than my current one.

Thanks a lot for the help.


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#8
July 19, 2009 at 17:58:12
ok:)

price-wise, the amd is excellent value for money, but i prefer intel's duo core, and the price reflects these:

AMD/motherboard/memory: $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Combo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

intel/mobo/memory: $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Combo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

intel/mobo/memory: $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Combo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


so...if money isnt really an option, go with the middle intel, an excellent piece of kit, good m/b and ram, you wont be needing to upgrade for years to come

for value, obviously the amd, and you have money left over for new graphics, case, etc.

but for value and performance, the last intel option would be a good bet, again a fantastic processor/mb/memory

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#9
July 19, 2009 at 18:06:36
Wow, thanks Taco. Been a big help :)

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#10
July 19, 2009 at 18:08:56
no problem at all:)

need any more help, drop me a message or email me

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#11
July 19, 2009 at 18:11:54
Will do will do, thank you again!

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#12
July 19, 2009 at 18:28:51
before i go, if you want to go the whole hog..which i think you should, take a look at this case and graphics card.

you'll probably need a new case and psu anyway with the demands of newer cpu's (heat mainly being the issue).

case + psu $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

graphics $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

with all of those mentioned, if all you use your pc for is normal every day use, you should be set up for a good few years before you even think about needing an upgrade again.

as with your old kit, break it up and sell it seperately on ebay or something.
there's always someone just looking for an older cpu rather than upgrading everything. a good way to claw some of your investment back.

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#13
July 19, 2009 at 18:39:51
I'll be sure to look into them :)
Thanks for everything Taco, been the most help i've had in a while

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#14
July 19, 2009 at 21:38:39
The 9400GT is a low end card...very low end. It's really not a gaming card. But if it's supported, you're good...all you need is RAM.

taco is recommending a complete rebuild...motherboard, CPU, RAM, video card, power supply & he neglected to mention the need for a complete reinstall of the OS. And if you don't own a retail copy of Windows, add that to the list as well. Once you change the board, the HP/Compaq discs are useless.

Why would you spend $400-500 when you can get by for under $100?

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name...

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name...

And since you have 4 RAM slots, you could get off even cheaper if you just add 1GB (2 x 512MB) to the 512MB (2 x 256MB) that you already have:

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name...


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#15
July 19, 2009 at 23:23:44
Well the minimum requirements for a card to play is a GeForce 6600, Radeon X1550. So i should be right

But yes your option does seem cheaper. I may go with it until i can afford a whole new rig and just hand this down to another family member or something.

Thanks for the advice.


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