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Processor upgrade advice please..

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Last response: in CPUs
January 18, 2008 2:05:50 PM

Hi there,

I am running a pentium d processor (2.80ghz).

I bought the system from dell some time ago, and I am enquiring whether it is possible to "drop in " a core 2 duo or quad into the exisiting mobo.

Spec is as follows (cpu-z report)

System is Dell Dimension 9150

Dell OFJO30 motherboard.

Chipset : Intel i945p/pl/g/gz
SB : Intel 82801GB (ICH7/R)
Bios : Dell v.A05
Graphic Interface : PCI-E.
Graphics Card : Nvidia 7600gs
Ram : 2GB

What would be the whizziest cpu i could drop in there, if any (core 2 quad maybe>????

thanks in advance!


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January 18, 2008 2:06:39 PM

that is..pentium D 915 I believe
January 18, 2008 2:31:03 PM

Supports Intel® Core%u21222 Duo processor, Intel® Pentium® D processor, Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology and all other Intel® Pentium® processors and Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA775 socket, with scalability for future processor innovations.


*edit* You're limited to a 1066/800/533Mhz bus... so you'll want to go with an E21xx (800Mhz) or E6400 (1066Mhz) some other chip with an 800Mhz or 1066Mhz bus.
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January 18, 2008 2:54:56 PM

Would the Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 775 work? can i just slot it in?

Thanks for the rapid reply!

January 18, 2008 3:07:36 PM

Should work, it's also a 1066Mhz proc.
January 18, 2008 3:26:18 PM

I could be wrong but Dell are a bi*ch when it comes to cpu upgrades so research carefully before buying. Some of their mobos will only take the pentium D's and no C2D's.
January 18, 2008 3:41:12 PM

Yeah, they could have loaded the BIOS to only accept PD chips. I'd call them and verify before you go out and spend $200.
May 24, 2008 3:39:52 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 9100 with a Pentium D 3.19 GHz.

I would love to pop in a quad core and keep the remainder of the system. What I would like is a Core2 Quad (Q9450) (2.66GHz with a FSB of 1333MHz.)

I am thinking the Pentium D is an 800MHz FSB so it will not work. Advice anyone?