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Upgrade Compaq Presario SR5510F Desktop Motherboard and HHD

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Is there any affordable way to upgrade Mother board MCP61PM-HM (Iris8) and HHD to this very old system. Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology up to 4800+ (up to 65 Watt TDP)
Athlon 64 up to 3800+
Sempron - All

 

Hard drive is Size: 500 GB
Interface: SATA
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

 

I pulled it out of box after years of beinf idle after learning that Vista will no longer be supported by Microsoft.

 

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@CGBow3,

Interesting question, so I'll give you my opinion on each item.

Processor update to the AMD ADO4800DDBOX Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4800+ 2.5GHz 1MB Cache Processor. Used chips can be less than $30, New about $100.

Hard drive replacement.  Get a newer AF (Advanced Format) drive, either 500GB or 1T. ($50 or $60).    Don't go bigger.  I like Seagate, but WD is a second choice.  Both offer free version of cloning software.

 

OK, now about the OS.  Win 7 is still in service until Apr 2020. You might be able to find the "upgrade" DVD. Be sure it states "Upgrade" in the top left corner of the packaging. Also you need the 32bit version, as your original was 32 bit.  The upgrade version does an overlay into the OS. It does not destroy the files.     $60-$90   

Some drivers will need to be researched. 

WARNING:  make the OS change to WIN 7 before you change the hard drive. 

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