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Junkyard Build - Cleaning up a Compaq Presario CQ3250AN w/ Athlon II X3 440 + Radeon HD 4350

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I'm going to close this one out for now before I move onto some other projects.

I managed to get CS:GO up and running on this system, and at 1680x1050, the R9 270X screams. Unfortunately though, the same cannot be said for the poor Athlon II X3 CPU. It pretty much sits above 90% CPU usage on all cores the entire time, and when something starts to happen on-screen with other players, the frame-rates dip down to the 20s very quickly, and very regularly. This CPU just isn't up for the job.

Not much fun when you're trying to line up a head-shot!

Given that we're seeing this kind of trouble with CS:GO, I'm not going to move onto testing Dota 2 - a game that I think this CPU simply just would not manage.

I think if I paired this CPU with something like a Radeon HD 5770 and stuck to games made before around about 2010 I think I would manage to have a lot more with this machine. I might even get that up and running at some point in the future - who knows.

For now though, it's adios to the Presario.
 

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Youre cor i was ocd, what about the athlon 2 x3?
 
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Youre cor i was ocd, what about the athlon 2 x3?
I think you're asking if the GPU and CPU was overclocked. If that's the case, then no - stock on everything.

Like with most motherboards in OEM machines such as with this HP/Compaq, tinkering with multipliers and voltages etc. just is not possible.
 

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I think you're asking if the GPU and CPU was overclocked. If that's the case, then no - stock on everything.

Like with most motherboards in OEM machines such as with this HP/Compaq, tinkering with multipliers and voltages etc. just is not possible.

No no your core i was oc d, the athlon 2 x3 was at stock right?
 
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Like with most motherboards in OEM machines such as with this HP/Compaq, tinkering with multipliers and voltages etc. just is not possible.
With this software you can overclock a locked down Athlon II/Phenom II OEM prebuild. - PhenomMsrTweaker
I've used it myself to overclock a Phenom II in a HP motherboard, and OC a Athlon II in the same HP motherboard.
 
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With this software you can overclock a locked down Athlon II/Phenom II OEM prebuild. - PhenomMsrTweaker
I've used it myself to overclock a Phenom II in a HP motherboard, and OC a Athlon II in the same HP motherboard.
Oh that's awesome! Thanks @biffzinker, I'll definitely be checking this utility out.
 
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I finally found some time to come back to this old girl. I decided to paint the front bezel matte black. I filled the front ports and painted the strip with a gloss. None of the ports worked anyway; I think this machine had been knocked around quite a bit before I obtained it.

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