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i have a presario desktop 5600S with amd k6 3D and 128 MB ram running on win98; i would like to increase cpu by installing an athlon 1,4GHZ instead; is it doable; i was worried that the other pieces of hardware being older may not be able to function properly with new cpu; this pc is primarily used to run foxpro database application, very cpu intensive (running 24-7); also i am not sure if it is possible at all, same sockets(?), same size,...; or what the potential problems may be.

i have the same question for a desktop presario 5861 with amd k7 3D and 128 MB ram using win2000; this one does the same (at night), but runs a realtime application connected to internet with constant data flow during the day, + associated applications; same question with athlon 1,4 ghz.

thank you very much
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In the case of the 5600S, it's not possible without changing the motherboard. My experience with Compaq computers, is that this may also be a problem, as standard boards do not usually fit the Compaq cases correctly.

Looks like the fastest K7 processor available for your 5861 is a 700MHz. Not what you wanted to hear, I know. Again, the motherboard is not set up to take the newer AMD processors.

For a faster, reliable server, I think you're going to have to look into something different. The Presario line was not really intended for this purpose.

John
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Are you saying that the only way to increase cpu is to buy a new machine?
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Not necessarily a new machine, but at least a new motherboard. The problem with this machine and a new motherboard may be that the board does not fit the case correctly. I would suggest that you take it to a shop that you trust, and ask about an upgrade. They may find a board that will fit your case and support the processor(s) you're looking for. Or you may have to purchase a new case as well as the power supply in your current system probably does not meet the specification required for the upper end AMD processors. The rest of your hardware (hard drive, memory, add-on cards should be able to be used. It would no longer be a Presario. If you are still under any warranty, it would no longer pertain to this machine.

Or, you could take it to your Compaq dealer. I doubt that they would do anything other than to try to sell you another model.

Hope this helps,
John
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i guess all the components have changed so much in 3 years, i'd better buy a new one.
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That may be the easiest thing to do. You may want to look into a custom built system this time, rather than a "big" manufacturer's system. That will allow you easier upgrades in the future. Good luck, and thanks for the nice grade.

John
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