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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Hal24, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Hal24 New Member

    Dec 11, 2011
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    Hello Gentlemen,

    I need some advise from people who have a bit more knowledge than I have regarding the wisdom of upgrading an ancient MOBO (Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 REV.2.0) running an equally ancient CPU (AMD Athlon 64 X2
    5400+,socket AM2, 2.8 gHz).
    I saw recently on this site that AMD has released a low cost CPU (Athlon II X2 280 Dual-Core Processor, socket AM3, 3.6 gHz).
    Would this be a worthwhile upgrade? It appears that the 280 is backward compatible with the AM2 socket. Are there any other traps I could fall into?. BIOS issues for example?
    Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. ilikemacandpc New Member

    Dec 27, 2012
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    How much money do you have for an upgrade?

    Even if you get the Athlon II X2, it would be a notable upgrade, but if you save a bit more, you could get an Athlon ii x4, which would be much faster.

    Your board can even support the six core Phenom IIs, and if you have a Microcenter nearby (if you live in the US), you can score a six core for pretty cheap.

    Definitely update your board's bios; you should be OK.

    CPU Support List: http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2439

    Athlon II X4: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003M7BLOW/?tag=tec06d-20

    Phenom II X6: http://www.microcenter.com/product/...45T_27GHz_Six_Core_Socket_AM3_Boxed_Processor

    What are your other specs (RAM, GPU, HDD mainly)?
    Your system is pretty old anyways, so considering a fully new build if you have the cash might be better depending on your other parts.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013

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