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hey, im looking for some help with a processor upgrade, i have a MS-7184 microstar motherboard. data sheet here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00378480

i currently have a 3500+ at 2.42 GHZ but im looking for a bit more power because this motherboard says it supports up to a 4800+ socket 939. so if there are any good dual core processors for under 200$ that you can point out. also, what would be the best value for my money or if i should upgrade yet at all; that would be alot of help.

ps. which processor is the best for overclockability? i heard the 4200+ is the best for overclocking.
 

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I would say that you are set for the socket 939 platform. If you are truely a multitasker you will see a good increase in performance with an X2 AMD, but if you are a one task at a time type of person then the 3500+ should be fine for you. If I were you I would hang on to what I had or look at a 3800+, Opteron 165, or a 4400+ if you want to get a dual-core.
 

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well i run high end games like oblivion and right now, i have about 20 tabs open WITH a webcam going and transfering songs onto mp3 player. not to mention i have my laptop next to me doing even more. so im thinking a ram increase is good here, but is upgrading to 2GB that much of an increase. and one more question, can i still have dual channel by adding 2 more stick of dual channel cappable 512mb sticks?
 

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sorry for the double post, but can anyone help me find a bios flash for my motherboard? its a MS-7184 microstar motherboard. im looking to flash it so i can do a bios overclock, because currently i can only do FSB with clockgen.
 

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HP can not be overclocked through the bios, they are locked and only run at stock unless you are amongst the fortunate few that can gain a little more through clockgen or the like. Seems you are one of the lucky ones. If you are looking at getting a new processor you can look at doing a new build around the socket AM2 format, or you could buy a new case, motherboard and processor around the 939 socket and get overclocking potential. It would be foolish to put additional money in a HP computer that has very little overclocking potential.
 

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justcheck for the best CPU deals you can find...

Check to see what the latest available bios is at the manufactures website is...

If that board is in a pre-built pc...your only options are finding a modded bios OR find a bios that closely matches your board from the same brand...and flash to that.... but be strongly cautioned this is not a recomended precedure...
 

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thanks for you help, but i do remember seeing a bios for this mobo and its also known as another model number which is slightly different but same chipset, if anyone can help me find that it would be a huge thanks, as for going with a new motherboard i dont have much money at the time (only 16) so im just looking for an easy 939 processor upgrade.
considering i can get my FSB to 230 (as i know the opteron multipliers are locked) how much of an overclock can i get?
 

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Theoretically, you'd be able to hit 2.07GHz with an Opteron 165 and 2.3GHz with an Opteron 170 or 2.53 with a 3700+. This is assuming you were using FSB of 230MHz and highest possible multiplier.

I'd try to get a new motherboard if I were you. I can recommend my motherboard since it has never let me down. Right now you can probably find it for about $75
 

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The other version of your board is the MS7093, and there is no bios that will allow any overclock trust me i have looked. Your only option is a clockgen and if you want the most speed you have to start with a higher multi cpu like a 4800 X2. I replaced my MSI board with a DFI rs482 Infinity which has a ton of OC options and there are alot of mATX Nvidia 6100 boards that have OC options. Another option is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856110043 you can switch out your hardware and it has a few OC options; getting a retail mATX mobo in your HP will take a little work but it is possible and you should probably look into a higher rated PSU as prebuilt systems tend to skimp in this area.
 
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