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My mother is currently using this Athlon x2 BE-2300 and is complaining that it is slow would an Athlon x2 240 be a big upgrade?
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First......what applications does she rely upon?

That's a big factor in answering, because on some usage profiles, if the CPU isn't maxed, it's the disks / configuation / RAM...might not BE the CPU.

That said, jumping from 1.9 to 2.8 Ghz stock is significant, and though the Athlon II is a slightly better core, you'd get about a 50% or so boost overall in CPU performance.

If, on the other hand, the disks or the OS config is the problem, the CPU change might not be a noticeable change at all.
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It would be a big upgrade, yes.

Before buying it, you should check a couple things though.

-Is her problem really associated with the processor?
-Is her mobo compatible with AM3 processors?
-How old is her computer? If it is several years old, a new computer may be preferable.
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She uses it for web browsing and watching HD videos mostly. She has 2GBs of 1066mhz Dominator ram and this hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-073-_-Product. I overclocked the CPU to 2.2ghz because it's on the stock cooler, I'm sure I can overclock it a lot higher on the stock cooler because the temps rarely touch 30 degrees. I checked and made sure the board would work with AM3 processors. I built it 2 years ago so it would last long.

Edit: The PC is running Windows XP 32bit
Edited by WannaBeOCer - 6/7/10 at 4:33pm
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HD movies? Does she have a graphics card?
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HD movies? Does she have a graphics card?
She is using the onboard video on this her motherboard which should be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128373
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yes, athlon 240 would be a big upgrade, not just because of the speed in mhz itself, but also the architecture and cache.
i have seen a huge upgrade from overclocked 4000+ @ 2.8 to 240 @ 2.8...
but if she uses it for web browsing and it is slow then, then the cpu might not be the problem, maybe hdd with bad sectors and about to go dead? maybe a virus or something slowing it down?
i recommend reinstalling windows before upgrade, it might just solve the problem...
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It's the HD video that might overtax the 2.2 Ghz CPU, but that depends on the acceleration available in your GPU solution...however, if she's NOT complained about video viewing as the speed issue, then I suspect she's experiencing configuration / disk oriented problems.

Not errors, just fragmentation / configuration performance issues.

Check, though, by using task manager or similar software to see if the CPU is taxes to 100% on any single thread (or the whole CPU) at the point(s) where it's performance is in question.

If the CPU is below 50% when it's being slow, that's disk.

I've had many situations where a switch from X2 to Quad with a 1Ghz jump in speed produced no measurable performance improvement because the same OS and disks were re-used.

That drive isn't bad, though - it's just not what the newer offerings in the black line would do.

If the CPU is taxed, and you upgrade, you might STILL need an OS cleanup and disk upgrade to get it working faster all around.

Try a quick experiment if you can....find a spare drive and install a new OS on it...just to see if the machine "wakes up" doing that...minimal application / os configuration...do the web browsing and an HD video playback to see.

You might find a direction that way.
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Thanks JVene that sounds like an awesome experiment but all I have laying around is an IDE Barracuda 7200.7.
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just read a couple of reviews, so, that mbo has hd3200, and with sempron 3200+ gave smooth hd playback (according to the review). with 20% cpu utilization, so that part should not be a problem. all in all new windows might fix all problems...
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