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Upgrading My Potato

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#1 droosler


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Posted 30 April 2016 - 07:03 AM

Hello everyone, newby here, got a few questions for all you savvy people.


My computer is an Acer x1920 Small Form Factor Desktop. I have upgraded the from the onboard GPU to a AMD Radeon HD 6450, which was quite nice. Today I am going to the computer store to get 2 sticks of 4gb DDR3 for a decent RAM upgrade, so while I am there I would like to get a better processor, in order to do this I need to know which mobo I have and what CPU options there are that are better than my current Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5800.


Sorry for my long message, but any help is greatly appreciated, just trying to get revive my old system a bit :) Thanks to anyone who might read this :)

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#2 Drillingmachine


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Posted 30 April 2016 - 09:00 AM

According to this http://www.manualslib.com/manual/232904/Acer-Aspire-X1920.html?page=90#manual


Max TDP is 65W that means no quad core. Also FSB maximum might be 266 MHz.So unless you want to take risk and try quad core (very unlike to work), there is only marginally better CPU's available.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 05:04 PM

I would forget about Acer and other OEM manufacturers and their components...I would just buy either an outdated (but still a performance increase) refurb system coming off-lease...or just buy a simple case, motherboard, RAM, PSU...and start what it seems you are heading for...your first build to your own satisfaction.


There's little point, IMO, in trying to upgrade components not designed for such and being stuck with OEM cases and motherboards.



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Posted 05 May 2016 - 05:33 PM

Intel G41 chipset

First you should upgrade the BIOS.  I hope Acer added support for 4GB sticks but I am not optimistic.  I am not even certain the G41 supported them.  I hope Acer added support for Q9xxx CPUs because the chipset supports them. 

http://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers - BIOS



http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/161644110580?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true - expect a month to get here

As too how much performance improvement you'd see, assuming the CPU runs, depends on what you run.  I'm guessing not much.  In fact you may perceive a performance hit.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/172118620072?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true - ships from CA, still no guarantee Acer put the microcode in the BIOS.  But more likely to give bang for the buck.


https://starmicroinc.net/intel-core-2-duo-e7600-3-06ghz-oem-cpu-slgtd-at80571ph0833ml/ - this one also ships in US and is included in Acer BIOS microcode. 


It looks like all 4 variants used the same MB: MAINBOARD KIT AX1920 INTEL G41 ICH7 GMA X4500 REALTEK RTL8111DL W/O 1394 LF  AARCHER EG41MK_1394(N)_LOGO(N)

Perhaps one or more owners out in Googlespace who have upgraded in the past can confirm its support for a E8xxx or Q9xxx (65W) or 4GB sticks in some forum or another.

Edited by Fascist Nation, 05 May 2016 - 05:50 PM.

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