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#1 k77996

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:28 PM

Hi, I recently upgraded my graphics card to an ATI 5770 and now I'm looking into upgrading my cpu (AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core 5200). However, I am currently in taiwan and do not have access to my motherboard information and am unsure about what cpu works. I have scraped together some information about my computer from previous posts and here's what I have.

Originally a HP Pavilion a6532f

AIDA32 found Motherboard ID to be "MCP61P-6A61KE11C-00" (I googled this and "MCP61P-6A61KE11C-00 is not a motherboard model number, it's a partial BIOS ID string belonging to a motherboard made by ECS (Elitegroup)" came up)

I recently got a BIOS update that was listed for a M2P61PM-HM motherboard, but recommended to me by HP's website for my specific pc model.

I've been looking at some of the AMD phenom x4 processors and will probably get one of those. I have upgraded my graphics card and ram before, but have never dealt with CPUs before. I am a casual gamer so I'm not looking for a super expensive high end processor. Just a capable one. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:36 PM

I cant find the specific motherboard or CPU support list either, you may have to email HP about it. I can tell you its a AM2 socket, which means you will be able to handle any am2 CPU (up to the 6400+) without a problem. Now, AMD CPUs have good backwards compatibility, many AM2+ CPUs should work, as well as some AM3 CPUS. I have a Gigabyte motherboard that has that exact same chipset, and the fastest CPU supported by it is the AMD phenom II x4 945, it is a quad core AM3 CPU, so in theory, yours should be able to handle that to provided your BIOS does, that there is the iffy-if your BIOS does not, then you wont be able to, I would email HP customer support and see what they have to say.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:13 PM

I emailed HP and received a compatibility list.
The following are the processors that will be supported by the motherboard of your PC.

Maximum approved processor:
Sempron less than 3800+
Athlon64 less than 4000+
Athlon64 X2 up to 5600+ (up to 89 watt TDP)
Phenom up to 9600 (up to 95 watt TDP)

Are any of these good? or does anyone have a recommendation?

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:18 PM

if your running programs that support quad core capability the phenom 9600 is probably the best choice out of those. Its a quad core and the black edition as well which makes overclocking easier if your into that sort of thing.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 12:58 AM

How big of a difference would the phenom 9600 make compared to the Athlon 64 x2 I have now? Is it worth it or should i just get a whole new motherboard all together? I'm mainly upgrading my processor so I can run Starcraft 2 on High/Ultra smoothly when a sizable number of units are produced. I also use windowed full screen mode with multiple programs running at the same time. I know I can increase performance if i close the other programs, but I'd rather not. Thanks

edit: Would it be worth it to just get a new case, motherboard, cpu which are all known to be compatible and just swap out parts from the pc i currently have? The graphics card, PSU, as well as 4gigs of RAM were added by me. Also, I am running a 32bit system so I am only using <4 gigs of the RAM I have. Should I consider buying windows 7 64 bit?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:18 PM

well, It would make a pretty good jump as I believe starcraft two was designed to run off a quad core CPU. It will run with a dual but a quad will give better performance. Of course, though if you were to upgrade the motherboard and such, you can then have a phenom II and DDR3 ram-which would greatly boost your gameplay even more.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 04:49 PM

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...t=3752858#N1361

With only a $150 video card I would be hesitant to upgrade my cpu, since a game like Starcraft is so dependent on video performance, not just cpu cycles.

PC Recommended Specifications:

Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
2 GB RAM
512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better


Now with a 300-400$ video card a more powerful cpu would make more sense.
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 07:07 PM

Alright, thanks for the help. I guess i'll try to find the Phenom 9600, but if I can't then i'll just stay with playing on medium quality. =)




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