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I have a Compac Sr 2030NX computer. I have added an additional meg of memory and would like to upgrade the processor from an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ to a faster unit. I am considering an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ / 2 ghz - Socket 939. Is this compatible and will it speed up my computer? Is it worth the expense and trouble?... Read full answer
I have a Compac Sr 2030NX computer. I have added an additional meg of memory and would like to upgrade the processor from an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ to a faster unit. I am considering an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ / 2 ghz - Socket 939. Is this compatible and will it speed up my computer? Is it worth the expense and trouble?
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Dr. Dan
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Hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be working with you today on your question!

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Unfortunately the newer processor that you are referring to uses a different socket than the one that you have (Socket 939)

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Your current computer uses a AM2 socket, so really only supports AM2 chips

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In order to use the new processor you would have to replace the motherboard and possibly memory too

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the motherboard alone runs about $100-150

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Frankly, if you feel that your computer is due for a speed upgrade

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I would recommend considering purchasing a completely new pre-assembled unit many of which can be found in the <$500 category.

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The benefit of getting a new computer is not so much the cost of components which is usually comparable, but the cost of a new operating system like Windows 7 is usually negligible if you bought it with a new computer versus trying to upgrade yourself which will run you from $70-150 alone

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Let me know if this answers your question or if I can be of further assistance

Customer :

I have considered a new system but have found the processor and heat sink for less than $150. I am able to get the operating system at a negligible cost through my son and therefore feel inclined to upgrade the processor. Is my choice of the X2 appropriate?

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It will certainly be faster however again you will also need a new main board

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so you'd have to consider factoring the cost of a new motherboard that would also have to fit your case

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at all this expense I would ask why just upgrade to the X2 3800+

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why not something even more modern if you're replacing your motherboard too?

Customer :

why would I need a new motherboard when the existing processor uses a 939 socket (I think) and the new processor is also a 939? Perhaps a better heat sink would be needed also.

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It depends on the processor

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Your computer has a AM2 socket, so you need to get an AM2 compatible CPU

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Your current computer has a AM2 socket (940 pin).

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This is NOT compatible with the 939-pin CPU's

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You will need to get an AM2 CPU

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BUT further research suggests that the X2 3800+ is an AM2 socket

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NOT a 939 pin

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So I think we are both right

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I would consider a X2 5000 instead of a X2 3800 if you want even more bang for your buck with your current motherboard

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Would consider looking at price differentials at the above site

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