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Right I have decided to buy this AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 Dual-Core Socket 939 OEM Processor but I was just wondering how do I make sure I have the right socket and will my motherboard be able to handle it? Also I need a need a cooler facility I guess with this? Where do I install this on my board?

 

So...Is there anything else that I missed?

 

A step-by-step guide on how to install this would be great although I got a few videos off someone on here already which I am grateful of, but I would like it written down so I can save it.

 

Thanks in advance for any help received.

 

Ricky

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A few more details would be helpful, what make is your motherboard, how big is your case , will it take a big HSF?.

To fit a processor, pull the handle at the side of the socket till it is vertical, place the processor in (it will only go in one way so check for the gold triangle and align it to that),

Next put a small grain of rice sized blob of thermal paste on top of the processor, then use an old credit cardto spread it.

The HSF locates on two lugs, then push the lever to the right till it locks, then plug in the fan connector to the motherboard.

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We really need to know what brand and model of motherboard you have.

 

Unless things have changed fromhis TechExpress link,

 

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/generic...96044&lc=en

 

and full specs here,

 

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product...ng=en&cc=uk

 

Ricky it should just be a matter of removing the heatsink and old processor and dropping the new one in (also be a good idea to clear the CMOS after installing the new). As far as a heatsink goes depending on what is installed in there now, there is a good possibility that you can use it with the new processor (would need to apply new thermal paste). If not depending on how much room is inside the case either of these (I'll let you look them up in the UK),

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835186010

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835185125

 

would be good. The second one is better than the first but requires a fairly wide case, as it stands up quite a bit from the motherboard.

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Looking at your mobo it supports X2 processors so no problem.

I have an artic HSF fitted and it needs quite a bit of room, so if you go for that one make sure you have enough space to fit it.

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Thanks mate that helps a lot, now how will I know whether I can fit a heatsink/fan in my case? But having said this mine that I have already is quite big and it looks as though I could get a bigger one inside as there is a lot of space height wise between the fan or heatsink and the side panal, is this what you mean guys?

 

Thanks,

 

Ricky

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The heatsink that is on there now, is it a plain square aluminum one or does it have four copper pipes on it?

 

If it is the one with the copper pipes, then you don't really need a new heatsink as that is the one that comes with the retail x2 processors. If it is the plain one then it would be a good idea to grab a new one.

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The heatsink that is on there now, is it a plain square aluminum one or does it have four copper pipes on it?

 

If it is the one with the copper pipes, then you don't really need a new heatsink as that is the one that comes with the retail x2 processors. If it is the plain one then it would be a good idea to grab a new one.

 

It's the plain square aluminium one so I'll need a new one, what do you think, which one should I go for?

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If you decide to go with one of the two that I linked to, on the first I can only go by what I have read and that is that it is a very good heatsink (not necessarily if overclocking, but seeing as you have an HP that isn't a consideration). As for the second one I have that one in my computer right now and it does a very good job of keeping my overclocked x2 3800+ cool.

 

If you are looking at the Freezer pro I just measured from the backplate inside to the top of the heatsink and it is ~7" high,

 

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so if you have more than say 7 1/2" from the backplate to the side panel then you're good to go with that one.

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If you decide to go with one of the two that I linked to, on the first I can only go by what I have read and that is that it is a very good heatsink (not necessarily if overclocking, but seeing as you have an HP that isn't a consideration). As for the second one I have that one in my computer right now and it does a very good job of keeping my overclocked x2 3800+ cool.

 

If you are looking at the Freezer pro I just measured from the backplate inside to the top of the heatsink and it is ~7" high,

 

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so if you have more than say 7 1/2" from the backplate to the side panel then you're good to go with that one.

 

 

No I certainly don't have that much height more like 6 1/2 " anything I could get for that?

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This one possibly,

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....&subcat=821

 

Easiest way to tell if it will fit is with the computer on its side (and off of course), center a cd on the current heatsink/fan. A cd is is slightly larger in diameter (a whole 7mm) than that heatsink, so if there is the clearance it should fit in no problem.

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This one possibly,

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....&subcat=821

 

Easiest way to tell if it will fit is with the computer on its side (and off of course), center a cd on the current heatsink/fan. A cd is is slightly larger in diameter (a whole 7mm) than that heatsink, so if there is the clearance it should fit in no problem.

 

 

Don't most all processors come with fan/heatsinks when you buy them that are a standard size which in-turn would fit my case?

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Don't most all processors come with fan/heatsinks when you buy them that are a standard size which in-turn would fit my case?

 

Yes they do except that you said you are getting an OEM processor and they don't come with the heatsink/fan, you only get the heatsink with the retail version.

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This one possibly,

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....&subcat=821

 

Easiest way to tell if it will fit is with the computer on its side (and off of course), center a cd on the current heatsink/fan. A cd is is slightly larger in diameter (a whole 7mm) than that heatsink, so if there is the clearance it should fit in no problem.

 

I think I've decided on this and the fan and heatsink I can get for this model off ebay for a little amount AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+ Socket 939 512KB Box

what do you think?

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Yes they do except that you said you are getting an OEM processor and they don't come with the heatsink/fan, you only get the heatsink with the retail version.

 

 

Sorry mate, I don't necessarily want an OEM Version, if a retail one comes with the fan and heatsink I'll get that one, I run vista though will it be compatable?

Also what is the difference between the OEM and retail?

 

Thanks for your help.

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The only difference between an OEM and retail cpu (AMD that is), is the retail comes with the heatsink/fan and a longer warranty, other than the the cpu themselves are identical.

 

And good luck finding anyplace anymore that still has a retail socket 939 cpu in stock.

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The only difference between an OEM and retail cpu (AMD that is), is the retail comes with the heatsink/fan and a longer warranty, other than the the cpu themselves are identical.

 

And good luck finding anyplace anymore that still has a retail socket 939 cpu in stock.

 

 

Oh that bad? Well I will buy one OEM Processor or what I can get and buy the heat sink and fan seperate for that model, would that work?

 

Cheers

 

Richard

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Don't see why not, mine did (OEM cpu, with an aftermarket heatsink).

 

 

Thank you for all your all help it's much appreciated, now where do I get this paste to put on top of the processor?

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Any new heatsink should come with it already pre-applied, as to how good what is there is is debatable. Some are good (what comes on the heatsink I have), and some not so good. As for where to buy,

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....7&subcat=27

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....7&subcat=27

 

performance-wise not much difference between the two.

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Any new heatsink should come with it already pre-applied, as to how good what is there is is debatable. Some are good (what comes on the heatsink I have), and some not so good. As for where to buy,

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....7&subcat=27

 

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....7&subcat=27

 

performance-wise not much difference between the two.

 

 

Okay that's it, thank you for all your help once again you have helped me tremendously, thanks again, I will contact you again if I need more help, if you don't mind.

 

Thanks and bye for now

 

 

Ricky

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