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July 18, 2013 6:33:23 PM

I have an old dell OptiPlex GX260 with Windows 7, and I want to upgrade the processor to a Pentium 4 511 socket 478 edition SL7PK. However, the SL7PK has EM64T and NX, so I was wondering if you could still upgrade the processor and have no problem with compatibility or the BIOS.
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July 18, 2013 8:32:32 PM
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Let see if I can help, those processors are old.

You can use Socket 478, P-4, 400 or 533 FSB only, 512K cache or smaller processors. You cannot use 800 or higher FSB and Prescott [1M or larger cache] processors.

The fastest processor the GX260 can support, is the Socket 478 P-4, 3.06GHz 533FSB HT http://ark.intel.com/Products/Spec/SL6PG

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July 19, 2013 5:37:42 AM

Kisianik said:
Let see if I can help, those processors are old.

You can use Socket 478, P-4, 400 or 533 FSB only, 512K cache or smaller processors. You cannot use 800 or higher FSB and Prescott [1M or larger cache] processors.

The fastest processor the GX260 can support, is the Socket 478 P-4, 3.06GHz 533FSB HT http://ark.intel.com/Products/Spec/SL6PG

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Sorry for the late update. No, SL7PK is a Prescott, :( 
Thanks for the tip!
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July 19, 2013 8:10:55 AM

This is getting very difficult to find information about old PCs, I will try

You just edited your last answer, but I was able to to look for Dimension 4600 info.
The 4600 support's Socket 478, P4 533/800 MHz FSB processors.

The early 4600 models will take up to 3.0GHz and the later models, to 3.2GHz or 3.4GHz, due to the fact that Dell used 3 different motherboard models in this machine, it will be extremely difficult to find which one supports and which one is not.

The 4600 is capable of using Prescott processors, if you have PC2700 memory and you install a Prescott, you may want to replace it with PC3200.

Because the Prescott runs hotter, you should think about upgrading the heatsink.
Prior to installing the processor, check that BIOS version A12, that has added support for newer processors, is installed.

I doubt that I would be able to help with server question you had there, those things from the past are very difficult to search for right now.

What are you trying to achieve? You have this processor and bunch of old PCs?

I can help with information about any Dell PC, other PCs are out of my area of expertise.
July 19, 2013 9:08:38 AM

Kisianik said:
This is getting very difficult to find information about old PCs, I will try

You just edited your last answer, but I was able to to look for Dimension 4600 info.
The 4600 support's Socket 478, P4 533/800 MHz FSB processors.

The early 4600 models will take up to 3.0GHz and the later models, to 3.2GHz or 3.4GHz, due to the fact that Dell used 3 different motherboard models in this machine, it will be extremely difficult to find which one supports and which one is not.

The 4600 is capable of using Prescott processors, if you have PC2700 memory and you install a Prescott, you may want to replace it with PC3200.

Because the Prescott runs hotter, you should think about upgrading the heatsink.
Prior to installing the processor, check that BIOS version A12, that has added support for newer processors, is installed.

I doubt that I would be able to help with server question you had there, those things from the past are very difficult to search for right now.

What are you trying to achieve? You have this processor and bunch of old PCs?

I can help with information about any Dell PC, other PCs are out of my area of expertise.


The server can support up to 4 GB of RAM, so I was trying to see if I could upgrade the processor to x64 and nx SL7PK so I can run Server 2012.
The Dimension is actually my grandfather's, and he doesn't want a new computer, so I wanted to upgrade the processor so it runs like new.
P.S.: The SL7PK has a faster clock speed than my brand new 1.9 GHz AMD computer processor. Technology has really improved these days.
P.S.S.: Could you help me any further if I posted information about my motherboard with some scanning tool (...and tell me where I could find a scanning tool like that?)
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July 19, 2013 9:39:30 AM

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P.S.S.: Could you help me any further if I posted information about my motherboard with some scanning tool (...and tell me where I could find a scanning tool like that?)


What exactly you need help with? I think I listed probable CPU upgrades, what else you think I can find?

You are trying to run Server 2012 on so old PC? If you have some money (not much), it would be better to find used PC with x64 CPU, GX260 is just so old...
July 20, 2013 2:05:23 PM

Kisianik said:
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P.S.S.: Could you help me any further if I posted information about my motherboard with some scanning tool (...and tell me where I could find a scanning tool like that?)


What exactly you need help with? I think I listed probable CPU upgrades, what else you think I can find?

You are trying to run Server 2012 on so old PC? If you have some money (not much), it would be better to find used PC with x64 CPU, GX260 is just so old...


Back to the Dimension...
Which heatsink would be best (and be the best bang for the buck) if I upgraded to the Prescott?
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July 21, 2013 9:23:07 AM

AuctionedHen8 said:
Kisianik said:
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P.S.S.: Could you help me any further if I posted information about my motherboard with some scanning tool (...and tell me where I could find a scanning tool like that?)


What exactly you need help with? I think I listed probable CPU upgrades, what else you think I can find?

You are trying to run Server 2012 on so old PC? If you have some money (not much), it would be better to find used PC with x64 CPU, GX260 is just so old...


Back to the Dimension...
Which heatsink would be best (and be the best bang for the buck) if I upgraded to the Prescott?


Unfortunately it is Dell proprietary, so I am thinking using one from Dimension 4700 copper, if needed.

What you have to do is to get your 4600, open side panel and take a look at heatsink, if you see yellow parts, it is copper and nothing better exists, if it is all white, it is aluminum, in this case upgrade may be necessary.

Let me explain in pictures.

If you have this one, there is nothing better, look below



If you have that one, it has to be changed for the one above



So check it up first.
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