Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Closed

upgrading a Dell Dimesion E521 CPU question

Last response: in CPUs
Share
a c 105 à CPUs
May 28, 2008 9:21:48 PM

Hello
Long time listener, first time caller. I want to upgrade the CPU in my Dell PC, currently a Athlon x 2 4200. I would like to install an Athlon x2 6000 or 6400. CPU-Z states the PC has an AM2 socket. I will also upgrade the PSU (i found a specific unit for my PC from PC power & cooling). I know Dell makes upgrading a pain in the butt so my question(s) are. 1. Is it worth it or just a huge hassle? 2. Do i simply upgrade my BIOS from Dell and stick the new CPU in or does Dell specific BIOS make CPU upgrades a pain.
May 28, 2008 9:56:02 PM


About all you can know for sure is that a CPU that the system originally shipped with will work. Otherwise, you can google around to see if someone else got a different CPU to work or just buy it and try it. I'd start with the Dell forums.

I believe that the fastest CPU originally offered with the E521 was a Windsor 5600+. Delluser1 would probably know for sure.

May 28, 2008 11:31:52 PM

Being a Dell E521 owner I can say it won't happen.
X2 5600 Windsor would be it, provided you have the 89w cpu fan/heatsink and not the 65w.
I even spent 6 months looking for a X2 6000 89w till I found one.
Guess what?
No go, Dell was no help, and they don't care
Built my own
Couldn't be more pleased

The only other thing would be the oem X2 5400 Brisbane that Newegg had a while ago. I ran that with no issues.
Related resources
a c 105 à CPUs
May 29, 2008 5:58:48 AM

OK, thanks a lot, I had a feeling that was the case
a c 108 à CPUs
May 29, 2008 11:35:07 PM

kpo6969 said:
~snip

The only other thing would be the oem X2 5400 Brisbane that Newegg had a while ago. I ran that with no issues.


The X2 5400+ would be a nice bump from the X2 4200+. They're back down to $83 at the Egg.

Should be able to reuse your HSF is you have some AS5 goo laying around ...
May 30, 2008 4:16:24 AM

Wisecracker said:


Should be able to reuse your HSF is you have some AS5 goo laying around ...

You have to use the stock HSF btw
January 21, 2009 10:01:20 AM

Sucess! After researching all over the web. I'm writing in hopes of helping someone. I just upgraded CPU in my Dell E521 with Nforce 430 chipset, 6150LE integrated video to an AMD 3.1 GHZ Athlon 64 X2 6000+ ADV60000DOBOX with no problems. With one exception, my bios is 1.0.3 and when I upgraded my bios to 1.1.10 , my bios wouldn't remember settings and would loop until I hit F12 and enter the boot setup, and boot into Windows. This may or may not happen to you but I had to revert back to 1.0.3. I know this topic is old but I hope it can help someone wanting to upgrade their Dell E521. This is the best CPU for the E521!!! I was able to overclock it using CBID and ClockGen. Run CBID and change the multiplier to 15. Run ClockGen and change the speed to 3.392 GHZ!!!. I guess I'm just lucky! You better buy before AMD discontinues this product!
January 29, 2009 7:06:12 PM

rolf said:
Sucess! After researching all over the web. I'm writing in hopes of helping someone. I just upgraded CPU in my Dell E521 with Nforce 430 chipset, 6150LE integrated video to an AMD 3.1 GHZ Athlon 64 X2 6000+ ADV60000DOBOX with no problems. With one exception, my bios is 1.0.3 and when I upgraded my bios to 1.1.10 , my bios wouldn't remember settings and would loop until I hit F12 and enter the boot setup, and boot into Windows. This may or may not happen to you but I had to revert back to 1.0.3. I know this topic is old but I hope it can help someone wanting to upgrade their Dell E521. This is the best CPU for the E521!!! I was able to overclock it using CBID and ClockGen. Run CBID and change the multiplier to 15. Run ClockGen and change the speed to 3.392 GHZ!!!. I guess I'm just lucky! You better buy before AMD discontinues this product!


was your original cpu a 65 watt or 89 watt cpu? i have an e521 with a 65 watt cpu and just ordered the x2 6000+ and i'm beginning to worry that it won't work because my original cpu is only 65 watts. (x2 3600+)
January 30, 2009 9:54:23 AM

Dellabuser, it will work. I had an 89 watt cpu but that doesn't matter. What matters is your motherboard chipset and the socket it is using. If you have the nforce 430 chipset and a AM2 socket which you do. This will work. Just be cautious if you never replaced a CPU before.
January 31, 2009 11:35:32 AM

rolf said:
Dellabuser, it will work. I had an 89 watt cpu but that doesn't matter. What matters is your motherboard chipset and the socket it is using. If you have the nforce 430 chipset and a AM2 socket which you do. This will work. Just be cautious if you never replaced a CPU before.


I really hope so rolf, my x2 6000+ will be here Tuesday and I will be able to share my results. I have 4 gigs of ram and 1Tb hdd space with a geforce 8800 gt with a 3600+ x2 65w. i bought a cool power supply that fits in the cdrom bay to run my graphics card with the stock power supply running the rest of my components. The biggest issue is the processor temp because I plan on using the stock heatsink on the processor because it seems like a tough job to use the heatsink that comes with the processor. I bought some arctic silver to apply fresh for the install to make sure it has a good contact with the processor.

As far as OEM computers go, this has been the best system i've ever bought because when I purchased it, the price was around 250 bux. I had to add components to get it into gaming shape but everything added was done easily and sucessfully without a hitch. Not like the days of my HP where nothing could be upgraded in it except cards and memory. Now I need that extra processing power to get the rig from bottlenecking when i play GTA IV and other games coming out now.
January 31, 2009 10:02:32 PM

I upgraded my e521 with 4200+ to a 5600+ about 4 months ago and didn't have any trouble with it. It gave me a nice kick in performance.

I had an 89w 4200+ (90nm) and upgraded to a 89w 5600+ windsor 90nm and used the stock hsf. I also have a 9800gt and 2 750gb seagate drives still using the stock 305w power supply and haven't had a single problem, hiccup, glitch, etc. with the system using this configuration.

February 3, 2009 7:33:20 PM

Just received my 6000+ and installed it. Cleaned all the dust out of the box and scraped the old thermal paste off of my stock heatsink. Installed the CPU, applied the arctic silver paste, and re-installed the heatsink. Turned on the computer and it immediately recognized the new cpu correctly. I ran Speedfan to get a temp reading and it reads 19-22 degrees celsius at idle, 40-45 under a full load. I have no problems so far and am very optimistic that I won't. If you own a dell dimension E521 and looking to upgrade, go ahead because it is very easy and no telling how long AMD will continue this line of CPU's. I will report back any problems I encounter but as for the 1st day results... 2 thumbs up.
February 10, 2009 3:27:43 PM

dellabuser said:
Just received my 6000+ and installed it. Cleaned all the dust out of the box and scraped the old thermal paste off of my stock heatsink. Installed the CPU, applied the arctic silver paste, and re-installed the heatsink. Turned on the computer and it immediately recognized the new cpu correctly. I ran Speedfan to get a temp reading and it reads 19-22 degrees celsius at idle, 40-45 under a full load. I have no problems so far and am very optimistic that I won't. If you own a dell dimension E521 and looking to upgrade, go ahead because it is very easy and no telling how long AMD will continue this line of CPU's. I will report back any problems I encounter but as for the 1st day results... 2 thumbs up.


This is great news! I have an E521 and this would be a great upgrade. Lets keep this story going.
February 13, 2009 2:31:43 AM

Dellabuser,

I'm also thinking about upgrading my CPU. I'm looking at "AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor ADV6000DOBOX - 3.1GHz, 1MB Cache, 1000MHz (2000 MT/s), Dual-Core, Retail, Socket AM2, Processor with Fan" from tigerdirect.com. Since it comes with the fan, did you use the fan or just replaced CPU? I have 2G RAM (PC2-4300). Did you change your memory too?

Thanks,
February 13, 2009 2:20:04 PM

Just replaced the CPU, I couldn't use the heatsink and fan that came with it because the motherboard has something preventing the heatsink from sitting flush on the processor. No problems with temps using the stock either. Brisbane core kicks a$$ for low temps, doesn't really matter when you cant overclock the system in bios tho...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ hardware monitor

Temperature sensor 0 22°C (72°F) [0x11D] (core #0)
Temperature sensor 1 23°C (73°F) [0x120] (core #1)

My system came with only 1 GB of ram in 2 sticks.

General
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Qimonda (7F7F7F7F7F510000)
Size 512 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-5300 (333 MHz)
Part number 64T64000HU3SB
Serial number 07141B12
Manufacturing date Week 13/Year 07

But I was using 2 sticks of this.

General
Memory type DDR2
Module format Regular UDIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Crucial Technology (7F7F7F7F7F9BFFFF)
Size 2048 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-5300 (333 MHz)
Part number
Serial number 8B061911
Manufacturing date Week 165/Year 165

Just recently installed windows 7 beta 64 bit so I threw in that other gig i had laying around seeing as though Dell gave me vista 32 bit which only addresses up to 4 gigs of ram.

The upgrade was well worth it. I see its becoming harder to find these chips at the same price as I paid for it from newegg, and as for satisfaction... 110% satisfied big improvement. Only thing left is upgrading from a bfg 8800 gt oc'd, to a beast card. Although the card has to be single slot unless you can fit it with that humongous heatsink shroud... I will cut to fit.
March 3, 2009 4:24:37 PM

Hey all, just replaced the old processor and got the 6000+...no problems what so ever. Runs like a champ and quite stable. :pt1cable: 
March 6, 2009 1:47:09 PM

Quote:
AMD 3.1 GHZ Athlon 64 X2 6000+ ADV60000DOBOX


First of all...thanks to everyone for being so specific and detailed in this thread.

My E521 system shipped with 32 bit xp media center edition. If I upgrade to the 64 bit proc is it compatible with the existing OS?
March 6, 2009 3:02:15 PM

hey everyone I hope that I will find some answers here, I think I will after reading what has been posted already.
Here is my problem.. My plan was to swap processor for a new one

here is all my info let me know if you need more





I purchased a new AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ CPU Chip p/n AD05000IAA5DO you can see all the info that I have for it here ]=http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-ATHLON-64-X2-5000-2-6GHZ-DUAL-CORE-DC-AM2-CPU-NEW_W0QQitemZ290292261468QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290292261468&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50]

First I just took the old one out and put the cpu back in and the pc would only get to the microsoft loading screen and it would freeze. I shut it down and started it again and it was able to start in safe mode, but when in safe mode device manager still shows the old cpu...

I than put the old cpu back in and it started up fine and I went to dell.com and downloaded bios update I believe it updated to something like 1.1.11 i know there was a .11 at the end for sure. Restart worked fine so I shut down and put the new cpu back in and it does the same thing, hangs up on microsoft loading screen.

So any help would be great, please let me know if you need any other info.

thanks
BEN
March 11, 2009 2:18:59 PM

521user said:
Quote:
AMD 3.1 GHZ Athlon 64 X2 6000+ ADV60000DOBOX


First of all...thanks to everyone for being so specific and detailed in this thread.

My E521 system shipped with 32 bit xp media center edition. If I upgrade to the 64 bit proc is it compatible with the existing OS?


Yes 64 bit processors are backwards compatible with 32 bit software.
March 11, 2009 2:35:31 PM

benIII said:
hey everyone I hope that I will find some answers here, I think I will after reading what has been posted already.
Here is my problem.. My plan was to swap processor for a new one

here is all my info let me know if you need more
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/DirectX.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/Motherboard.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/Computermanagmentinfo.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/basicpcinfo.jpg

I purchased a new AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ CPU Chip p/n AD05000IAA5DO you can see all the info that I have for it here ]=http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-ATHLON-64-X2-5000-2-6GHZ-DUAL-CORE-DC-AM2-CPU-NEW_W0QQitemZ290292261468QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290292261468&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50]

First I just took the old one out and put the cpu back in and the pc would only get to the microsoft loading screen and it would freeze. I shut it down and started it again and it was able to start in safe mode, but when in safe mode device manager still shows the old cpu...

I than put the old cpu back in and it started up fine and I went to dell.com and downloaded bios update I believe it updated to something like 1.1.11 i know there was a .11 at the end for sure. Restart worked fine so I shut down and put the new cpu back in and it does the same thing, hangs up on microsoft loading screen.

So any help would be great, please let me know if you need any other info.

thanks
BEN


I'm not sure about this issue, I'd look on the cpu itself and see if the model number is what you bought. Other then that I got nothing... Sorry
March 26, 2009 8:33:37 PM

benIII said:
hey everyone I hope that I will find some answers here, I think I will after reading what has been posted already.
Here is my problem.. My plan was to swap processor for a new one

here is all my info let me know if you need more
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/DirectX.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/Motherboard.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/Computermanagmentinfo.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/basicpcinfo.jpg

I purchased a new AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ CPU Chip p/n AD05000IAA5DO you can see all the info that I have for it here ]=http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-ATHLON-64-X2-5000-2-6GHZ-DUAL-CORE-DC-AM2-CPU-NEW_W0QQitemZ290292261468QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290292261468&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50]

First I just took the old one out and put the cpu back in and the pc would only get to the microsoft loading screen and it would freeze. I shut it down and started it again and it was able to start in safe mode, but when in safe mode device manager still shows the old cpu...

I than put the old cpu back in and it started up fine and I went to dell.com and downloaded bios update I believe it updated to something like 1.1.11 i know there was a .11 at the end for sure. Restart worked fine so I shut down and put the new cpu back in and it does the same thing, hangs up on microsoft loading screen.

So any help would be great, please let me know if you need any other info.

thanks
BEN


Ben,

One would think what you bought would work but there aren't any references to people successfully using that part # I could find.

It could be just a bad CPU - or not compatible.

Go to Newegg.com and get a 5600+ Brisbane (same power consumption as your current CPU) - I assume you already have some thermal compound (does not come with CPU). The link for the 5600+ is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (part # ADO5600DOBOX - $65 & Free Shipping)

This is the fastest 65W CPU and you can use the original Dell E521 heatsink. You could go for the 6000+ (Brisbane) but it's not worth it in my humble opinion (then you need to upgrade heatsink - if you do, get a heatsinnk from a P4 Optiplex - not worth it though for .2GHZ).
March 26, 2009 8:49:17 PM

benIII said:
hey everyone I hope that I will find some answers here, I think I will after reading what has been posted already.
Here is my problem.. My plan was to swap processor for a new one

here is all my info let me know if you need more
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/DirectX.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/Motherboard.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/Computermanagmentinfo.jpg
http://i569.photobucket.com/albums/ss131/benwrightIII/basicpcinfo.jpg

I purchased a new AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ CPU Chip p/n AD05000IAA5DO you can see all the info that I have for it here ]=http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-ATHLON-64-X2-5000-2-6GHZ-DUAL-CORE-DC-AM2-CPU-NEW_W0QQitemZ290292261468QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290292261468&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50]

First I just took the old one out and put the cpu back in and the pc would only get to the microsoft loading screen and it would freeze. I shut it down and started it again and it was able to start in safe mode, but when in safe mode device manager still shows the old cpu...

I than put the old cpu back in and it started up fine and I went to dell.com and downloaded bios update I believe it updated to something like 1.1.11 i know there was a .11 at the end for sure. Restart worked fine so I shut down and put the new cpu back in and it does the same thing, hangs up on microsoft loading screen.

So any help would be great, please let me know if you need any other info.

thanks
BEN


Ben - I should have added, you could try reinstalling Windows or a repair (obviously, save you important files somewhere first). Good luck.
a c 105 à CPUs
April 15, 2009 8:24:41 PM

ct1615 said:
Hello
Long time listener, first time caller. I want to upgrade the CPU in my Dell PC, currently a Athlon x 2 4200. I would like to install an Athlon x2 6000 or 6400. CPU-Z states the PC has an AM2 socket. I will also upgrade the PSU (i found a specific unit for my PC from PC power & cooling). I know Dell makes upgrading a pain in the butt so my question(s) are. 1. Is it worth it or just a huge hassle? 2. Do i simply upgrade my BIOS from Dell and stick the new CPU in or does Dell specific BIOS make CPU upgrades a pain.


Wow this thread has gotten a ton of replies over the past year since I posted it. I did eventually upgrade my CPU to an Windsor (my mobo socket type) Athlon x2 6000. Dell has the latest Bios v1.11 which I downloaded before the install and I used the stock Dell CPU cooler. It made a slight increase in games and improved web surfing. I also upgraded my PSU to a PC Power and Cooling 470w and the GPU to a 9800GT. I would say that there is no reason to upgrade from an Athlon x2 5000 CPU to a 6000. Hope this helps to all my fellow E521 owners.
April 15, 2009 8:42:57 PM

Do you think this will work in the slimline version, the C521? I've been spotting that 6000+ 3.1Ghz 89 Watt CPU and it looks like a great upgrade from my current Sepron lol. Also does anyone know how to get the Dell to overclock?
a c 105 à CPUs
April 15, 2009 9:57:05 PM

Axeon said:
Do you think this will work in the slimline version, the C521? I've been spotting that 6000+ 3.1Ghz 89 Watt CPU and it looks like a great upgrade from my current Sepron lol. Also does anyone know how to get the Dell to overclock?


you cant overclock a Dell CPU, they wont let you. I don't know if the stock Dell Sepron cooler could handle the 6000.

April 15, 2009 10:30:30 PM

Yeah, that Sepron is 35watts but that Dell HSF can handle up to 89 (i think) i'm not sure, but i think the biggest upgrade is the AMD 5600+ Dual Core.
a c 78 à CPUs
April 16, 2009 1:16:59 AM

This is a great message thread...

My Nephew's computer is a Dell E521 running a AMD Sempron 3400+ processor and I was looking to help him upgrade. I already added 2GB of DDR2 667MHz memory from his stock 512mb of DDR2 533MHz. I thought about DDR2 800MHz but wasn't sure if it would truly support it since the manual says when 800MHz is available. I added my old Nvidia 7600 video card so he can play some COD4 without running everything on low settings.

I'm going to talk to him and my brother to see if they'll pay for an upgrade to the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ CPU Chip p/n AD05000IAA5DO. I'll stick with the 7600 since to really upgrade for a noticeable improvement will require a new PSU. Once you add a new CPU, PSU, GPU as upgrades and I could just go ahead and build a new one for a few hundred more dollars.

Will the AMD Sempron 3400+ upgrade to the Athlon 62 X2 5000+ and can I use the hit sink that comes standard with the computer? Will I need to upgrade the BIOS to the latest BIOS or it shouldn't matter? (I'm just not a big fan of upgrading BIOS... :D  )
a c 105 à CPUs
April 16, 2009 2:15:03 AM

you can and will have to use the stock dell heat sink, upgrading dell bios is easy. just download it and then click on it once it appears on your desktop. i suggest you upgrade the bio to 1.11

P.S. i ran the 9600GT and 9800GT off the stock dell e521 PSU.
May 10, 2009 2:13:44 PM

You can use a newer proccesor (am2 or am2+) and get more speed but you cant overclock with dells bios...i wouldnt use a third party overclocker because youll ruin your processor ( i learned the hard way).
May 25, 2009 7:15:08 PM

Warning about this :non:  , I can not find on the internet somebody who is running a AM2+ CPU in a Dell Dimension E521 (AMD7750 or X3/X4serie) or a AM2 Opteron, the Dell Bios/Mobo is very limited so this could true. Please give me the link if I'm wrong :bounce: 
OC software will work, only you have to do the testings and monitor the max temperature (Check AMD site for max temp). Shutdown Cool & Q.
If somebody have a Sempron and want to know if a 89W CPU will be cooled properly. I can do some measurements to check if my stock Dell 89Watt heat sink has the same dimensions as your Semprons heatsink. Let me know and I will help you. Installing a non-stock cooler is a hell of a job in the BTXmobo with no AM2cooler clamp.




May 25, 2009 10:56:04 PM

No Toine1, you are correct. The Dell motherboard only supports AM2 CPUs. Up to the 6000+ if your lucky. People have ran 6400+'s in their E521. Since I have the slimmer version of this I didn't want to try a 6000+. I have overclocked my Sempron 3400+ from stock to 2.28GHz. So I didn't need another CPU.
July 20, 2009 1:58:52 PM

I installed a 6400 in my e521, works perfect with the dell heatsink! It was running very hot but I used ocz thermal compound and now its running at 28-35 degrees :) 
July 20, 2009 7:20:22 PM

Get a CPU stress testing program like 3Dmark, prime or something like that. Run this program and monitor the CPU temperature. What are you readings?
For more info about Dell E521 coolers on a 6400+ CPU go to http://computerwine.blogspot.com/2008/11/upgrading-dell...

Email T.OINARI at this blog for more info or questions.

BTW what graphic card are you running and memory are you using??
July 20, 2009 9:29:57 PM

Toine1 said:
Get a CPU stress testing program like 3Dmark, prime or something like that. Run this program and monitor the CPU temperature. What are you readings?
For more info about Dell E521 coolers on a 6400+ CPU go to http://computerwine.blogspot.com/2008/11/upgrading-dell...

Email T.OINARI at this blog for more info or questions.

BTW what graphic card are you running and memory are you using??



I am using an 8300 gs graphics card due to the 305w power supply(Would any other higher powered graphics work?) and 2gb's of Corsair CM2X @800mhz and thanks for the link, it is very helpful.

Temps went to 57* for core 1 and 60* for core 2 in the test, I only ran it for 3 minutes.
July 20, 2009 10:14:30 PM

I'm running a 9600GT on a Dell 280W PSU.
a c 105 à CPUs
July 20, 2009 11:56:19 PM

macscroge said:
I am using an 8300 gs graphics card due to the 305w power supply(Would any other higher powered graphics work?) and 2gb's of Corsair CM2X @800mhz and thanks for the link, it is very helpful.

Temps went to 57* for core 1 and 60* for core 2 in the test, I only ran it for 3 minutes.


you can run the NVidia 9600 and 9800GT
also the ATI 4670 and 4830 on the Dell 305w PSU
July 21, 2009 5:40:59 AM

I'd go for the HD 4670 or the 9800GT likt ct1615 suggested.
July 21, 2009 3:24:49 PM

The Nvidia site says a minimun of a 400w psu. I was wondering whether it would work or not as my cpu,the athlon 64x2 6400 uses 125w not 89 like the cpu that came with the computer.
July 21, 2009 8:09:03 PM

I'm going for the Corsair TX650W PSU and the ASUS HD4870-1Gb single slot video card. At the end of this week I will order them!!!! Let you know by Computerwine blog if its fit!!!!!


July 21, 2009 9:22:44 PM

You probably won't need the 650W Corsair.
July 24, 2009 8:23:25 PM

AKM880 said:
You probably won't need the 650W Corsair.

yep 500 Watt will be enough here, but for only 10,-- euro's more I can get a 650Watt.
And for future Cross fireX?
AMK, how did you manage to OC from 2.7 to 3.2Ghz. Because Dell bios is not allowing this!!!
July 24, 2009 9:12:18 PM

Do you mean xfire in the Dell? Because it won't allow it.

Software overclocking ;) 
July 25, 2009 7:13:12 AM

AKM880 said:
Do you mean xfire in the Dell? Because it won't allow it.

Software overclocking ;) 

No, could use it for Xfire for my future AM3/Phenom system, I'm now facing some limitations, so for future games its up to a Quadcore system. PSU designs/form factors are normaly stabil so it can be re-used here.

What OC software are you using, I'm using Clockgen 1.0.53, but could not reach more then 3.47 Ghz on my AMD6400+ 3.2Ghz system. For stress test I'm using 3dmark2006.

September 9, 2009 9:21:34 PM

Hey all - first time poster!

So, I'm planning on buying a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ for my dimension e521 (currently 5000+) I've heard people having success with it, so I thought I'd try it out. The problem I'm having with is, I can't find it ANYWHERE to buy, except ebay, which I massively distrust. Does anyone have any sites that stock it? If it helps, I'm in the UK, but I'll order from the US too.

Thank you for this helpful thread - made my life quite a bit easier!
September 10, 2009 4:25:17 PM

I'm upgraded from 4200+ to a 6400+ a half a year ago, noticed that then the 6400+ was becoming very rare, so then I decided to hurry up the CPU upgrade. If you are from the Uk go to the computerwine blog at ask the blog owner he is living in London and can help you to figure this out. Keep in mind your stock Cooler is not working here, so you have to go for another one, but thats also in this blog explained.

October 24, 2009 11:27:24 PM

I just installed an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (89W version) in my Dell C521 replacing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ that was in there.

First of all, my Dell BIOS version was showing as 1.1.2 even though Dell did not show this on their site (latest is 1.1.11). Version 1.1.11 has a more recent date on it than my 1.1.2. I didn't think much of it.

After I installed the CPU, the machine booted fine but the CPU fan ran up to full speed and would not slow down. System info showed it as an unknown AMD processor, even though CPUID showed it correctly. I downloaded the "AMD Processor Driver Version 1.3.2.0053 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64)" from the AMD site and installed. I then went into Device Manager and updated the drivers on the processor, saying it was a K8. Rebooted and the fan went back to normal speed. I assume the PC did not know how to run the cooling for the new CPU because it could not identify it in order to monitor it.

System info still showed as unkown AMD processor so I went to Dell site and downloaded and installed BIOS version 1.1.11. Rebooted and now system info is correct. Passing this along to anyone else in case they have issues, I recommend you get the BIOS 1.1.11 and download the AMD drivers before doing the install.

I ran 3DMark06 before and after the processor upgrade just to see what the difference is in score.
System specs:
3GB of RAM
160GB Hard Drive
Galaxy GeForce 9600 GT 512MB low power/low profile video card

The old 3800+ got a score of 7151
The new 6000+ got a score of 9331

Not sure what that all means but higher scores are good right?



October 28, 2009 4:14:43 AM

BadAsAl...

2000224,47,494361 said:
I just installed an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (89W version) in my Dell C521 replacing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ that was in there.


Where did you find an 89W version of the processor? Can't locate one anywhere. Please tell :)  thanks
Anonymous
a b à CPUs
November 15, 2009 1:15:10 AM

hi you guys:

Thanks for the advice about upgrading a Dell E521 to an Athlon 64 x2 6000+. I had no experience with doing this but decided to go ahead.

I backed everything up I cared about on an external hard disk, and pulled my 65 watt 3800 and installed the 6000. The new CPU is adv6000dobox, 3.1 G, 512 k L2 caches, 89 watts. My system, running on Windows XP home sp2, and Dell bios 1.1.11, instantly recognized the new CPU, adjusted the fan speed, and my system looked exactly the same before and after, just faster. The difference is really apparent in using Adobe Photoshop CS4, when you redraw the image. Now, there's no waiting.

I obtained this CPU new through the amazon marketplace, from a dealer called Mega Micro Devices, Inc. I really liked dealing with them. I got exactly what I ordered, quickly, and I discussed the processors they had on hand with them at length before I chose.

When I pried open the plastic shroud covering the Dell heatsink, I accidentally pulled out the 3800+ because it was positively glued onto the heatsink with whatever thermal compound Dell uses. This was an iffy part of the process, in which I had to pry the processor off the heat sink with my rubber-gloved hand, gripping the processor edges.

Once I got the processor off, I used an artic silver compound remover and a lintless cloth to clean the heat sink. I also used a the Arctic surface preparer that came with my compound remover.

The most surprising part of the process was installing the new processor. After you lift the bar on the motherboard, you place the CPU over the socket, lining up the index marks, and when I lowered it slowly into the socket it just dropped into place very gently without any pressure at all. I thought I would have to click it in. A dab of thermal compound, heat sink and shroud remounted and screwed down per the manual, and voila, it was done. The hardest part was cleaning the fan and heat sink area, which was covered with dust. I can't believe things were functioning at all. without the big cleaning the process would have taken maybe 20 minutes.

The new CPU has been functioning beautifully at between 19 and 31 C.

Got lucky...
Anonymous
a b à CPUs
November 17, 2009 5:13:22 PM

Hi there:

I've learned since installation of my 6000+ about the faulty heat sensor problem on the Brisbane chip, which woulcd explain the wildly different temperature readings I am getting. So I am losing the issue of temperature, but adding an antec pci slot exhaust fan on the chance that it will help keep things cooler.

Also, I am using a XFX HD radeon 4350 with this system, which draws beautifully, but also has a heat sink rather than its own fan. the quiet is great, but hence the exhaust fan.

the system continues to be very stable and much peppier. I am very glad I did this. Thanks again.
!