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Installing an uprated cpu in a ZX4300

My brother inherited a Gateway AIO desktop with a terrible AMD Athlon II processor. We did the research and bought a black series processor that fit the slot, however the original processor consumes 45w while the new processor consumes 125w. The power brick that came with the unit is a 135w model. I'm thinking that we should be looking for a 220w to 375w adapter. (135 - 45 = 90 + 125 = 215) (125 / 45 = 2.7 * 125 = 375). The issue is that the gateway plug is a proprietary connection. I suggested looking for models in the ZX line that had better hardware and seeing if they came with a better power adapter. The only other thing I can think (only after excessive wire and electricity research) of is researching the type of wire, buying a different brand adapter, and splicing the wires together. Suggestions? Thanks.
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  1. suggestion, it more then just the psu, the motherboard, cooling have to work with 125w too. and the AIO is not design for that.
    return the cpu, sell the aio and get a new system
    Reply to rgd1101
  2. Matthew Ross said:
    My brother inherited a Gateway AIO desktop with a terrible AMD Athlon II processor. We did the research and bought a black series processor that fit the slot, however the original processor consumes 45w while the new processor consumes 125w. The power brick that came with the unit is a 135w model. I'm thinking that we should be looking for a 220w to 375w adapter. (135 - 45 = 90 + 125 = 215) (125 / 45 = 2.7 * 125 = 375). The issue is that the gateway plug is a proprietary connection. I suggested looking for models in the ZX line that had better hardware and seeing if they came with a better power adapter. The only other thing I can think (only after excessive wire and electricity research) of is researching the type of wire, buying a different brand adapter, and splicing the wires together. Suggestions? Thanks.


    The system is not meant to be upgraded. It can't handle anything more than the stock config. Just sell it and get a whole new pc. Not worth investing money into an old system like that.
    Reply to jaslion
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    This is basically a notebook strapped to the back of an LCD, the limited cooling will be saturated even with a 65W cpu let alone a 125W cpu. Several desktop boards were only certified for 95W and 125W CPU would make them fail. If you manage to splice a power brick the motherboard will not be able to carry the amperage and the cooler will not be able to shed the heat.

    Use it as is and put no money into it.
    Reply to kraelic
  4. I upgraded to an AMD athlon 2 x4 630 and it is running great..
    Get the 135w power chord ..There is also the 610e that runs 45w ..Im going to try the Phenom 2 x4..It seems this AIO can handle some upgrades..
    Reply to granny_t
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