Upgrading HP Pavilion Slimline 3000z Series (The AMD one)

/* Posted June 4th, 2008 at 3:05pm    */
/* Filed under Hardware, How-To, Mods    */

I recently bought a Slimline HP Desktop to use has a nice little media center. I ended up buying a lower end model so that I could change out and upgrade the pieces and save money, and not have to buy the over priced higher end units. Here is the research I found on this system.

Actual Motherboard Specs:
Asus M2N61-AR, HP/Compaq name: Acacia-GL6E
Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430


CPU upgrade:
The Slimline HP can take any Socket AM2 CPU

Socket: AM2
Supports the following processors:
Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology
Athlon 64

RAM Upgrade:
It only has two ram slots for max ram upgrades of 4 gb
Ram Type used is DDR2 240-Pinn

One PCI Express x16 graphics, card needs to be low profile to fit into case

Ten ports total
four connectors on back panel
four additional headers on motherboard support six additional ports/devices

Some USB ports may not be available externally for customer use. For more information, see model specifications.

Rear Ports:

1 – PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2 – Coaxial SPDIF Out port (orange). This port connects an external audio device through a coaxial SPDIF cable.
3 – Video Graphics Adapter port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other VGA-compatible devices.
4 – IEEE 1394a port. This 6-pin IEEE 1394a port provides high-speed connectivity for audio/video devices, storage peripherals, PCs, or portable devices.
5 – LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub.
6 – Line In port (light blue). This port connects a tape, CD, DVD player or other audio sources.
7 – Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In 4-channel or 6-channel mode, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
8 – Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
9 – USB 2.0 ports 1, 2, 3, and 4. These four 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
10 – PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.

Here is what i decided to purchase:

1x PNY GeForce 8600 GT VCG86512D2GXWB 512mb Video Card
(Didnt purchase one with an external card)
Time of Purchase approx $70

2x G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory
(The ram that came in my Slimline were 2x 1gb, so both had to be trashed)
Time of Purchase approx $70

Looking into CPU replacement to:

Only 65 Watt cpu’s will work – Processor – AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ / 3.2 GHz, (but I already purchased PC5300 ram…)

If I replace the CPU, then bascially this computer will be maxed out of upgrade options. The slimline I purchased came with the TV tuner, which was a major selling point for me. Hope this helped. Have fun tunning your PC!

HP Slimline Upgrade


6 Responses to “Upgrading HP Pavilion Slimline 3000z Series (The AMD one)”

  • Comment from adm_snackbar

    Interesting build, let us know how it works out for you.

  • Comment from JeffM

    I have one of these Slimlines – mine came with a 160W power supply – was that sufficient for the video card you bought?

  • Comment from lrwatson

    you may have to downgrade your cpu to one that is only 45 watt when using a 8600gt. the hp slimlines with amd cpus only have a 160 watt power supply. or you can upgrade your power supply, and you will need to cut and solder wires because the hp slimline uses a 24 pin mini atx motherboard power connector. read this thread.


  • Comment from Eamonn

    Hi, i have a slimline s3431.uk. Nice specifications and upgraded the graphics to a 512mb card. I want to install another fan of any sort and put it next to the graphics card. Do you think it is possible to install another fan, as in are there any slots or places that a fan could plug into on the motherboard. Please respond to me as soon as you can.

  • Comment from dokurnlein zottenbeck

    I am thinking of buying an Hp slimline s3500t computer Is it a good buy for gaming and HTPC? avatar last airbender

  • Comment from holliti

    You currently have an integrated graphics chipset, and you cannot change it without changing laptops. It is built into the design of the motherboard.

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