cpu

  podlod 10:44 23 Jun 2010
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Hi, I wish to upgrade my CPU as my present CPU does not do its job after playing a game for approx 3hrs, it freezes for a few seconds and my temp goes up. What I am asking is, would it be difficult to remove my existing and replace with another? Please also give me advice on what CPU do you think is best for playing heavy games. Thank you for any help.Below is my pc spec;


Computer System



Operating System
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Version 5.1.2600
ServicePack 2.0
Product ID 76477-OEM-0064576-70260
System Uptime 30/04/2010 06:45:34
Internet Explorer Version 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.00.0904)
OpenGL Version 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Free Physical Memory 2483 MB
Free Page File 5195 MB
Free Virtual Memory 2008 MB
Registry
Maximum Size 120MB
Current Size 7MB
Status OK
Center Processor
CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Code Name Model 11, Stepping 1
Manufacturer AuthenticAMD
Current Clock Speed 2100Mhz
Max Clock Speed 2100Mhz
Voltage 1.3V
External Clock 210Mhz
Serial Number 178BFBFF00020FB1
CPU ID x86 Family 15 Model 43 Stepping 1
Socket Designation Socket 939
L1 Cache 128KB
L2 Cache 512KB
Motherboard
Model A8N-SLI Premium
Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Serial Number 123456789000
BIOS Name Phoenix - Award BIOS v6.00PG
BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
SMBIOS Version ASUS A8N-SLI Premium ACPI BIOS Revision 1008
BIOS Date 22/09/2005

  onthelimit 10:48 23 Jun 2010

Before going through the hassle of replacing the CPU, have you done the basic housekeeping of blowing out dust from the CPU heat sink and fan? That may be enough to keep the temps down. I will leave it to the experts to advise on a different CPU if this is unsuccessful..

  chub_tor 11:56 23 Jun 2010

You can find all the CPUs that your board supports on this page click here. You may have to flash the BIOS for the most recent ones.

  gengiscant 13:09 23 Jun 2010

You do not mention your graphics card, what is it?
I have/had that board (passed the pc to the wife after new build),+ a 64x2 4200 + a HD 4970 and ran most of the latest games no bother.

I would look first at the dust situation as 'onthelimit' suggested, then look at your graphics card.

  podlod 15:55 23 Jun 2010

Hi, my graphics card is ATI Radeon HD 4800 series.
I tried looking for the CPU I need but there are so many numbers and letters after AMD ATHLON 64x 2 3800 I got lost? as you have noticed I am not up to much on CPU`s. Where do I go from here?

  onthelimit 16:32 23 Jun 2010

Try my dust solution first!

  northumbria61 17:16 23 Jun 2010

About your CPU "would it be difficult to remove my existing and replace with another? It's not a difficult job depending on how confident you are but if you haven't attempted it before I would take it to a local computer firm who would do it for you.

However as already suggested start with the basics and blow out the dust.

If the CPU is overheating it could just be a case of removing it, cleaning off the old thermal paste, applying a GOOD quality thermal paste and re-seating. Trying the simple things first could save you some money - then if you feel an upgraded CPU is what you want/need go ahead.

  podlod 07:08 24 Jun 2010

Hi, I regularly blow out the dust in my pc once a week with the can of dry air.
I have never changed a CPU before so I will ask the pc guy, but maybe you are right, I should ask him to change the thermal paste first? might save me a lot of expense, but if it is easy to change the thermal paste myself perhaps I could have a go?

  northumbria61 07:47 24 Jun 2010

"I have never changed a CPU before so I will ask the pc guy, but maybe you are right, I should ask him to change the thermal paste first? might save me a lot of expense, but if it is easy to change the thermal paste myself perhaps I could have a go?"

To be able to change the thermal paste WOULD require you to remove the CPU. You say you haven't done it before so it would be best left to someone who does - ie. The Pc guy you refer to.

If you were looking to upgrade your CPU you would have to look under AMD Socket 939 as this is what your motherboard supports but you may run into difficulty here (ie. Finding someone who stocks these) as we are now onto Socket AM2 and AM3 - Your CPU currently runs at 2.1Ghz (3800+)

  onthelimit 08:44 24 Jun 2010

Another cheap(ish) alternative may be to upgrade the heat sink and fan.

  gengiscant 09:12 24 Jun 2010

It really is quite simple to do the job yourself, have a look at this which will guide you through the process. click here. As for the chip,what is your budget?

But as others have suggested,check for dust and perhaps renew the thermal paste.

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