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I'm looking to upgrade the processor in my Dell desktop (531). I currently have an AMD 5000. I know that an AMD 6000 will work in this system. My question is, will an AMD 6400 work? I havn't seen a confirmed report of this working or not. Both the 6000 and 6400 operate on the same voltage and require the same amount of power (125w). They are also both windsor processors I believe. Basically the only difference I can find is the .2 ghz speed. Thank you for any thoughts.

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Possible issue...

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Double-check the wattage of your current and potential processors. My Windsor chart shows the following flavors:
AMD X2 5000: 65W or 89W
AMD X2 6000: 89W or 125W
AMD X2 6400: 125W

The specs Dell published on your desktop do not go into that kind of detail, but it doesn't look like the wattages are conducive to the upgrade.


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I just found this in a newegg review

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""RIG SPECIFICATIONS: Default Build - Dell Inspiron 531 Motherboard - ASUS M2N61-AX (Dell Inspiron 531 Default) Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Graphics Card - XFX NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX RAM - US Modular 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz If you're on the edge about buying this processor, do it.""

According to wikipedia, that is indeed the mobo that comes in the 531. Is there any reason my motherboard we be different. Does this mean that the processor will work?

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That's what it implies, but...

In reply to: I just found this in a newegg review

I still doubt the motherboard would support it. AMD states your current processor only comes in 65W and 89W models while the 6400 only comes as a 125W model. That Newegg purchaser's review indicates it works, but the specs indicate otherwise. (The specs for your motherboard are unavailable, but those of every similar model made by Asus have a limit of 95W processors. Before making any decision I would contact Dell and ask for the motherboard specifications to know for sure. Without that, though, I would say no...most likely it will either not work or, at the very least, be unstable.


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Thank you

In reply to: That's what it implies, but...

Thank you for your help. I'll try to acquire the motherboard information.

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