What will work in my motherboard?

April 15, 2016 at 18:22:18
Specs: Windows 10
I would like to get a new CPU. The AMD athlon 2 X2 just doesn't cut it anymore. I have a 220 watt psu, and a M2N68-LA (Narra5) motherboard. I would prefer quad core. Basically the best one I can get. Also I would like to get a Graphics card for some moderate gaming, all within the same specs. Thanks.

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#1
April 16, 2016 at 06:13:36
The board is based on the very old NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 chipset combo. According to HP, only socket AM2+ processors are supported, 95W max, & it will accept Phenom II Quad core. I suspect an AM3 processor would work as well but it would be recognized as "unknown processor".

http://support.hp.com/us-en/documen...

Have a look at newegg processors listed as "HP Products". For example, here's a 95W Phenom II X4 925 for $62:

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

You'll definitely need a new power supply, 220W isn't going to cut it. Is it a standard ATX unit? Newegg regularly has Corsair PSUs on sale w/rebates. The 430W can usually be had for about $20. The 450W modular is currently on sale for $30.

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


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April 16, 2016 at 11:31:37
How much memory do you have installed? It appears the board only supports 2GB per slot, so the max is 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-800. If you haven't already done so, I suggest installing the max.

The GeForce 6150SE is pretty weak by today's standards so installing a graphics card will definitely help. Plus doing so will return the shared memory back to the system. I haven't seen a lot of good deals on cards lately though (I'm looking for one too). I think newegg has an HD5450 for $20 after rebate (free shipping) & an HD6450 for $25 after rebate (+ $3 shipping). The HD6450 has twice as many stream processors (160 vs 80) so it's definitely the better of the 2. Both are considered entry level cards best used for general purpose/HTPC but they can handle many older games on lower settings & lower gaming resolution.


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#3
April 16, 2016 at 18:26:02
it is a standard atx supply. I have a slimline, if your research didn't already reveal that, which means i need something small. Thanks for the processor help. Also what is the pci version?

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#4
April 16, 2016 at 19:46:54
"I have a slimline, if your research didn't already reveal that"

You posted the motherboard model only. That same board is used in numerous systems. Are you sure you want to sink money into a slimline? A slimline does not use a standard ATX PSU, I think it uses TFX12V. It also doesn't accept standard graphics cards. You will have to get a low profile card which means you will have few to choose from.

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/...


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#5
April 17, 2016 at 18:27:14
I currently have the case on it's side and the side panel off. I placed a raised grate on top and a laptop on top of that. I have as much room as a standard or smaller case. Call me ratchet, but they are connected via ethernet, and are both running mouse without borders, allowing me to use the same mouse and keyboard. Preferably, the card would be transferable to a better setup later on. And the max ram is installed. Also the PC I have is not as crummy as the one in the link. It is a s5703w, with an AMD athlon II X2. once again, thanks for the assistance.

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#6
April 18, 2016 at 13:23:27
Why didn't you just post the PC model number in the opening post?

The motherboard with it's 10+ year old chipset combo is what makes it "crummy", plus the fact that it's in a slim style case.

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#7
April 18, 2016 at 16:01:48
I'm very new to this. And I am on a very tight budget. While all this is very not ideal, its the best I can do at the moment. I'm exploring options to upgrade, but I'm willing to trade off a lot to save cash. this motherboard should fit in any larger case, correct? If so, I can upgrade gradually, starting with the PSU, then the motherboard, AM3 is backwards compatible with AM2 I believe, The RAM will go to DDR3 or better along with the motherboard. Then Lastly the GPU. Once I am free from the confines of a slim case, I can upgrade. I probably did not clarify enough in the opening post. Once again, thanks for assisting a PC n00b

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#8
May 3, 2016 at 21:57:55
At the end of the day you are going to end up with unsatisfactory results. Better to throw out a dollar amount and riider can suggest components that would give you the most bang for the buck. He is very good at that.

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