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I want to upgrade my processor

by WildAssRoost / August 13, 2010 1:57 AM PDT

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with pentium 4 cpu 1700mhz 1.69ghz... I don't know how to tell if it's 400mhz or 533mhz... looking at the specs from Dell, I am guessing that it's 400, but does anybody know for sure?

if so, is the INTEL Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz 512 400 SL6S9 the best I can do?

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Keep in mind it won't speed it up much.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 2:08 AM PDT
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Not worth it?
by WildAssRoost / August 13, 2010 2:44 AM PDT

well, i actually can double the amount of RAM for only about $15... but you don't think it's worth it to try to upgrade the processor?

Thanks for the feedback

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Sure. For lunch money it's worth a try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Not worth it?

At those prices, why not try? But I fear that the CPU cooling could stump some. Here we have my office friends with a lot of mechanical folk and design engineers plus a shop to make or modify the cooling shroud that I think I see in this model.

The other issue I fear is that the machine's age could be an issue and what started out as a CPU change results in the need for a bigger PSU and what else?

But if you limit the dollars input to this, why not?

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Play time
by Willy / August 14, 2010 8:24 PM PDT

If you decide on a cpu upgrade, then it MUST be 400/533 capable. Most cpu in that 478 socket type will support 400/533 cpus. Howver, don't fall for 533/800 one, that maybe a bios got'cha, even if it supports 533, the bios itself MUST be the latest before trying anything. While, I think your stock cooling will be fine, once you go beyond a 2.4ghz abilities of the cooling setup, I think the best you could do 3.0mhz cpu, IMHO provided all the specs fall into place, otherwise, you're 2.6 or 2.8mhz maybe the limit. If this case is so, why even brother, other than learning experience. I suggest you visit the Intel reference white papers for specs of opus in that class, further compare the cpus. The best you can ever do cpu wise is 3.4mhz, but I'm sure that's not supported(guessing). As Robert stated, cooling becomes an issue. But, overall that can be addressed, but also the age of the system comes into play. I believe the dell 8200 psu is not generically easy to replace, its one of the Dell's unique PSU(open to correction). Take all this into acct. it maybe more costly than you think for simple results.

tada -----Willy Happy

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