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What CPUs can my Dell 9150 MB handle?

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October 27, 2009 12:31:05 PM

I have a stock Dell Dimension 9150 with a Pentium D 820 and a Intel i945P Chipset in it.

I'm thinking about upgrading to a little better CPU from ebay till I get an all new PC next summer. But because the Mainboard is some special Dell thing I have no clue what CPUs I can put in there...

Do you know more?

For more information I attached two PC Wizzard screenshots of the CPU and the Chipset overview. Tell me, if you need more.

Btw: Does the Pentium D 820 support x64 OSs? Win7 x64?



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October 27, 2009 1:57:46 PM

I'm shy about saying what is compatible because sometimes Dell upgrades can be a little quirky. I love Dells, and I think they make a great product at a low price, but I don't ever recommend them for someone who has the intention of upgrading the CPU or MB.
October 27, 2009 2:31:32 PM

So what would be your guess ;-)

Shouldn't be the socket and the chipset be enough to know what's compatible, or do I need more infos? If yes, what else needs to be considerd?

Thx again

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October 27, 2009 2:55:33 PM

maxb911 said:

Shouldn't be the socket and the chipset be enough to know what's compatible

It should, but it's not the case with Dell.
If you're planning on a new system come summer I don't think it's even worth it to consider a cpu upgrade for the Dell at this point.
Google "Clockgen", it's a software overclocking program that work's on Dells and will probably allow you a gain of 4-600 mhz with your current cpu.
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October 27, 2009 4:05:14 PM

I found an old post; looks like the board doesn't support the newer core2 duos. Only the old p4's. The 3.4-3.8 cpus are available, but tend to run warmer and may require a heatsink upgrade over your standard dell. I would leave it alone; start saving for a new system. Even some of the $300 systems will outperform your current one.
October 27, 2009 5:02:08 PM

Okay. I talked for a while with the Dell Support Chat and after a little research he told me the only CPUs working with my MB/Chipset are Prescott, Smithfield and Presler. These are the best of each working with it:

- Pentium 4 660, Prescott, 3.6GHz
- Pentium D 840, Smithfield, 3.2GHz
- Pentium D 960, Presler, 3.6GHz

Tried "Clockgen", but my PLL (CY284100XC) isn't on the list. Which should I use?

BTW again: Does the Pentium D 820 support x64 OSs? Win7 x64? Good Idea?