Upgrading Motherboard

I have a few questions. I was thinking about upgrading my motherboard. What I want is a dual CPU motherboard that can handle dual 64 bit dual processors. Would Suse be able to handle this ok?

Now what I want to do is use all the hardware I have now. I have an AMD Athlon 64x2 4400 (I just put into this computer,) I also have an AMD 64x2 4000 (Use to be in this computer.) I would like a motherboard that would work with those as well as my memory.

Computer Info;

Compaq Presario SR5123WM… It would just be easier to link to the motherboard specs

Motherboard Specifications, MCP61PM-HM (Nettle2)*

So the questions I have are these:

1 - Would this work with Suse?
2 - Would I be able to have two slightly different CPU’s, the 4000 and 4400, or would they have to be exact?
3 - Any suggestions on a cost efficient, but not cheaply made, dual CPU, dual core 64x2 mother boards that use DDR2 SDRAM. At least 8GB max Ram, or more, would be nice.

I would need at least one (two would be great) PCI-E x16 slots as well as the features of my current motherboard or close to it. Also what watt power supply would go good with it. I currently have is a 400 watt.

The reason why I don’t want to buy a huge amount and use what I have is because I am limited on how much I can spend. So I cannibalize computer parts often, when I can and if they are worth the hassle. Amazing what people throw to the curb, lol.

My Current Specs are
Compaq Presario

  • Motherboard manufacturer’s name: ECS MCP61PM-HM
  • HP/Compaq name: Nettle2-GL8E
    Award BIOS
    4GB RAM PC2 6400
    Nvidia 8400GS (PCI-E x16)
    400 Watt PSU
    Card Reader (CompactFlash Card type I, CompactFlash Card type II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SmartMedia Card, Memory Stick Duo, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, miniSD, RS-MMC, MultiMediaCardmobile, MultiMediaCardplus)
    4 Sata HD’s, one sata DVD/CD dl rwr, one IDE HD

I think that covers all of the relevant info. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome.

I have an AMD Athlon 64x2 4400
But this is a dual core?!

Yes but I want to use two CPUs on one motherboard that are each duel core. I am trying to use the hardware I have and only buying the motherboard.

Is that possible? I’m not up to speed with such a set up.

Honestly I am not sure. Most people just get duel core, quad core, etc. I don’t see why not but I might be missing something. If it can be done I want to do it just to do it, lol.

Not sure how a dual cpu motherboard would handle mismatched cpu’s, it
may work if the FSB is the same otherwise one may overclock and be

Are those cpu’s socket 939 or AM2?

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 9 days 19:39, 2 users, load average: 0.27, 0.28, 0.36
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Both are AM2. The 4000+ clocks at 2100 and the 4400 clocks at 2300. Looking at the specs that is the only difference. Everything else is identical with both processors.

it should be possible but your fastest CPU will downclock to match your slower one, so 2300 MHz -> 2100 MHz

I can live with that. Having two duel core 64 cpu’s would make up for the 200MHz difference. I just want to make sure it works well with Suse and that I can find a decent motherboard. I have been looking at Bestbuy and Newegg so far and they either don’t have what I am looking for or I am missing it.

actually, it’ll be 400 MHz since both cores in the 2300 MHz CPU will clock down, so 200 + 200 = 400 :wink:

if it for some reasons doesn’t work, you can still buy at discount somewhere a matching CPU :wink:

btw, if you have an older spare dual core CPU, send it ova! :stuck_out_tongue:

My only one at the moment. But I could send over a nice PII… :wink: I am not sure why I keep that computer around these days. I just hate giving or throwing them away, feels like I am getting rid of a friend, lol. I won’t tell you how long I kept an 8080 around :X

I’ve got plenty of PII’s in my CPU collection but am missing a dual-core CPU and obviously a quad too :wink:

I also have an original Intel 4004 and in ~10-20 years time, I can sell it on eBay as collector’s item for a sh.itload of $$$ and I’ll be rich :stuck_out_tongue: … just kidding :stuck_out_tongue:

@ everybody else

if you sir or ma’am are so kind and have a dual or quad CPU you no longer need and could get rid off, please contact me privately on this forum so I can give out address you could send it to :smiley:

have a look at this site http://www.geeks.com/ never used them before
but may be an option for you…

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 9 days 22:09, 2 users, load average: 0.13, 0.21, 0.23
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18

Looking at old computers or owning one is like having a classic car. I just wish the prices on classic computers matched the prices of classic cars :’(

Thanks for the link. I am checking them out now.

They had 3 at geeks.com but they where a bit dated and not what I need. The first place so far I actually found any dual cpu mother boards so far.

There are plenty of dual and quad processor boards around, just not for
AM2 :wink: If you had socket 939 there would be more.

Why not look at the opteron motherboard at $21, add a couple of
opteron dual core 280’s at around $55ea from here

New RAM (ECC Registered @around $25 per GB) and a new power supply
though :frowning:

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 9 days 22:50, 2 users, load average: 0.21, 0.09, 0.05
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18

Another good website, thanks for that link. I was hoping to use what I had. I don’t have the money right now to build my own, or get more then a motherboard and possibly a PSU if needed, thought I would love to. I might just keep what I have if I can’t find a motherboard for what I need. I may even just upgrade the CPU to a 5600+, max it out, and keep the 4000+ & 4400+ as back up.

I would think if you can pick up a faster cpu, get some ram and you
should be good to go :slight_smile:

This system is socket 939 4400+ and rocks along nicely for me…

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 10 days 0:06, 2 users, load average: 0.23, 0.20, 0.18
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18

Right now this one goes pretty good to. I have 4GB and want to upgrade to 8GB and if I get an Athlon 5600+ 89W, the highest I can go on this MB, that would be great.

I was still hoping to change things a bit but as I said before it is not a major issue, it’s more of a hobby and for fun.