What Processor Should I Buy Now?

Dell Dell inspiron 531 desktop computer...
November 16, 2010 at 15:31:27
Specs: Windows XP, Athelon 5600
I own a Dell Inspiron 531. It has AMD Athlon 64x Core Duo 5600+ right now, but it is not working. OS is Win XP.

I want to get a new processor.

What do you recommend I purchase for under $150?

Thank You :)

Nick


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#1
November 16, 2010 at 17:48:07
What makes you so sure it's bad?

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#2
November 16, 2010 at 22:47:47
"core duo" AMD doesn't use that word in their dual core cpu's only intel use that word. list the complete system specs and answer the above question.

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#3
November 17, 2010 at 00:58:39
I am not sure it is bad. It is just a suspicion, mainly of my own, and partly from other people's opinions based on how my computer is acting up.

It is AMD Athlon 64x 5600+


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#4
November 17, 2010 at 04:40:39
It's probably not the cpu. How is it acting up?

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#5
November 17, 2010 at 07:06:52
It keeps freezing within 10-15 mins of turning it on. I reformatted the old harddrive and it still did the same. Then I completely changed the harddrive thinking that was the problem. I got a Seagate 500GB. Installed Win XP and all the necessary programs in it, and I haven't even transferred any files/folders on it yet, and it still does the same. So obviously the harddrive is not the issue.

All the fans are working fine. I checked the fans when the computer freezes and they are still working.

When it freezes, I mean everything freezes. No command, no keyboard, no mouse... nothing. But the computer still has that working sound from the harddrive and fans.

What could be the problem?


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#6
November 17, 2010 at 16:32:11
Processors generally work or they don't. Since you can boot the system, there's probably nothing wrong with the processor. There is a possibility that it's overheating though but that would have to do with the heatsink/fan installation, not the processor itself.

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#7
November 17, 2010 at 19:33:34
There are two main possibilities. One is heat, probably an incorrectly installed or loosened CPU fan/heat sink. The second one is a bad memory card. To test for heat without taking it apart, download a program like Speedfan to get direct readings on your internal components. Report back the range of readings you are getting, especially just before it freezes (all readings, but CPU Core readings and CPU fan RPM readings are the most suspect here). To test your RAM, you have two possibilities here, the first is if you have more than one memory card. if you have two or more memory cards, remove all but one and run your system like that to see if it freezes. Repeat for each card. The second way is better, you download a program called Memtest and burn the ISO image to a CDr. Making sure your system is set to boot from your CD drive first, put in the CD and restart. It should boot to Memtest OUTSIDE your operating system and you should run all of the tests until complete or until it finds an error. If you find an error, shut down and repeat with one memory card at a time to find the problem card.
If you are getting high temperatures in your CPU and your CPU fan is reporting reasonable fan RPM in Speedfan, you will need to remove your heatsink, clean off the surfaces and reseat with a premium heat sink compound as per instructions.
Report back your findings for more evaluations and advise.

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#8
November 18, 2010 at 00:22:34
Thank you very much to all of you.

Here are my findings so far.

I did check RAM by buying new RAM, and it froze again. So RAM is out of the question.

However, what I noticed is that when the computer case is open (so the cover is not on yet) then it usually lasts for about 30min or even up to one hour before it freezes.

When the computer case is covered (so the cover is on) then it usually freezes within 5-10 mins. So I am thinking it has something to do with heat, or the power or something like that.

Your thoughts?


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#9
November 18, 2010 at 04:10:59
Download Speedfan and do not guess. While you should look for dust clogging any vents and heatsinks and making sure all of your fans (CPU, case and power supply) are working, the readings will show you fan speeds of all except the power supply's fan as well as the internal temperatures so you are not guessing.
This is the page that shows when I clicked on their download page but I did not see the actual download link (maybe you can see what I missed):
http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
But use this one (the one on the right, not the ad on the left) is a mirror download site:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_s...
Post back all of the readings, especially if you have any trouble interpreting what they are telling you. Check them with the case closed and with the case opened and note down both.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#10
November 18, 2010 at 05:01:07
There is software available for testing hard drives, RAM, temperatures, voltages, etc. Simply guessing & buying parts isn't a good way to troubleshoot. And just because you replaced the RAM doesn't rule it out as the problem - it still needs to be tested.

http://www.memtest86.com/download.html

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...


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#11
November 18, 2010 at 08:40:31
I did the memtest and it didn't find any problems.

Will try to cupid

thx


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#12
November 19, 2010 at 22:33:29
I tried both CPUID and SpeedFan as recommended by Fingers and Mickliq and I took screen shots, and you can see the screenshot image when you click on this link.

http://www.screencast.com/t/Wpqbhjo...

Your thoughts?


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#13
November 20, 2010 at 22:10:41
Your temperatures on your CPU and GPU (graphics) are a little high, but not enough for freezing. Your fan speeds are a little low, especially #2 probably your exhaust fan for your case. Was this reading with open or closed case? Check the temps with the case closed, open, and open with a small portable fan blowing over your motherboard and report back with the temps. You may want to replace your case fan and reset your CPU heat sink with a premium compound.
While typing this, my back up program kicked in and and I heard my fans speed up. My temps went up to near yours for less than a minute but my CPU fan went from around 1700rpm to just over 2000rpm and my rear case fan went from around 1200rpm to over 1600rpm. As the temps dropped back to normal, my fan speeds began dropping although more gradually. This is normal under load of multiple applications.
Another thought, check your CPU usage, if it is artificially high with little running, you may have malware present. Run Malwarebytes if this is suspect.

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If all else fails, read instructions.


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#14
November 20, 2010 at 22:27:30
No Malware.

This reading was with both the case on and off. It did not change.


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