Personally, I would use the original heatsink/fan and see if it can handle the new processor. emoticon.Wink.title
cool (no pun) and thanks for those threads - how does this sound - would i notice a performance hike or would it just be an academic exercise replacing a 3800 with a 5600?
"AMD Athlon 64x2 5600 2.2GHz AM2 89w"
ok thanks - although i need an external HDD to help the D:/ these processors look like they might not be around for too much longer - there were only 2 left in stock at ITC - external HDD's are not an endangered species 😉
will update / with many thanks: R
it's great Bev, thanks - we have pulled my 531 back from the brink 🙂 and souped up the hardware to boot!
i have a year 2000 P3 i upgraded the cpu for on eBay - was well pleased with myself - until the day came to buy an ethernet cable for the P3 after upgrading to broadband: the pc would not connect to the internet, no real reason, apart from the fact that Microsoft had 'done something' to the P3's net code to stop it making a connection: have you heard of this one? the pc is too slow to be much use now but MS really irritate me when they pull stunts like this; oh yes, they said there was a 'fix' for it, for a sum ...
but moan over - you certainly can pick up a bargain on the bay! 🙂
some success! after a shaky start managed to boot up the 531 with new 5600 processor on board 🙂
but i fitted a new hard drive as well - a Sata II Western Digital 500GB - and no sign of it under 'Computer'?
also received two cables, a quite long red Serial ATA which i fitted as per the instructions, and also a ludicrously short HDD power cable, all generous 4 inches of it! However, the original HDD had a second empty power cable plug descending from it, so i used that; the power cable which turned up would not reach the power socket area on the mobo - is that where i went wrong? but what is the spare power plug for then, suspended directly over the spare HDD bay?
A SATA II hard drive will be fine, you will need to buy a SATA data cable, there should ba spare SATA power connector inside the case.
Personally, I would transfer the data on the 10gb D:/ to an external hard drive.
I use the following method to safe guard my data:
Using SATA two hard drives and an imaging utility, like Acronis, or Casper to image the C:/ drive to the secondary hard drive.
When there is a problem, all I need to do, is to swap the data cables and boot the system.
Then image the new C:/ to the corrupted second hard drive, creating a corrupt free image again.
Plus make regular backups of the files and folders to an USB external hard drive.
just had the cover off the pc and checked all the connections again - the power cable might just stretch to where it shows on the Dell 531 instructions but this cable ends in a four pin plug - there are no four pin sockets or anything that i can see with four sockets???
still no sign of the 3rd hard drive - 'Computer' shows 'C' and backup 'D' and that's all 😞