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Upgrading my old Compaq Presario CQ5320F processor

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I have successfully upgraded the RAM and installed a 500GB Samsung SSD in my CQ5320F so that it  is actually a fairly snappy, useful computer again.

 

I also had some questions on the CPU upgrade that was recommended to me found here on ebay .

 

Is the AMD Phenom II X4 a straightforward drop in replacement for the existing AMD Athlon II X2 240 CPU?

Are there any thermal cooling issues with making the switch?

Are there any power supply issues?

Any other hardware need to be changed?

Does it require a BIOS change?

 

Thanks

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@txflood , welcome to the Community.

 


@txflood wrote:

I have successfully upgraded the RAM and installed a 500GB Samsung SSD in my CQ5320F so that it  is actually a fairly snappy, useful computer again.

 

I also had some questions on the CPU upgrade that was recommended to me found here on ebay .

 

Is the AMD Phenom II X4 a straightforward drop in replacement for the existing AMD Athlon II X2 240 CPU? Yes, you shouldn't have any problems with the upgrade if you have the latest BIOS.

Are there any thermal cooling issues with making the switch? No, if you make certain that you add the appropriate thermal paste/compound.  The existing cooler should do the job.

Are there any power supply issues? No, I don't believe that the Processor and RAM upgrades should cause any PSU problems.  The SSD use very little power.  I wouldn't try to upgrade any further with the 250W PSU, however.

Any other hardware need to be changed? No!

Does it require a BIOS change? This may be the only problem area.  If you don't already have the latest BIOS update as I stated above, you won't be able to update because HP no longer furnishes software and driver updates for an eleven year old computer.

 

Thanks


Here is the Product Specifications page: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01949110

 

Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

 

 



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So of course all of this leads to what is the latest BIOS version for this computer and who can answer that. Thanks.

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You are welcome, @txflood!  I am sorry that I can't answer the question on latest BIOS.



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