Upgrading CPU in old dell XPS410

I am trying to upgrade the CPU in my 2.5 year old Dell XPS 410.

As near as I can tell, I have something similar to what is described here:

http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=2834&p=2

However, my current CPU is a 1.86 GHz Duo. I have tried the Intel E8500 Duo 3.16GHz, but the computer just powers on and kicks the fan into overdrive.

I appears to be a Dell custom intel motherboard e210882 with BTX power.

Can anyone make a recommendation on a compatible CPU upgrade that would get me to around 3 GHz.
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  1. It's possible the problem with the E8500 was caused by lack of power. The dell you mentioned comes with a 375W power supply. However, that doesn't really make sense since it has enough power for your current processor. Then again the power supply could be providing less than that now that it is 3 years old.
  2. The 410 can only use C2D from the Conroe/Allendale family and Kentsfield Quads, not being able to get a Wolfdale to boot has nothing to do with the power supply.
  3. Unfortunately, this means that most of the compatible CPUs are no longer available on newegg.
  4. I would suggest saving your money and buying new....Your upgrade options are going to be pretty limited for that vintage as Enzo said. The money your going to spend would go a long way towards a new low cost machine that will in all likelihood outperform the older machine and provide a fresh upgrade path in the future.
  5. I really appreciate all the help!

    I looks like my best option for the CPU upgrade would be:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117155&cm_re=cpu_Kentsfield-_-19-117-155-_-Product

    which as JonAllen said, isn't going to be a huge upgrade, so i might be better of going with a new machine.

    Would you all agree?
  6. That's a quad core server processor. It would be a large upgrade but not worth the price since you are not running a multi-socket server. Upgrade your motherboard and cpu in your current computer to something more modern for less than that.
  7. digitalcyrus said:
    I really appreciate all the help!

    I looks like my best option for the CPU upgrade would be:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117155&cm_re=cpu_Kentsfield-_-19-117-155-_-Product

    which as JonAllen said, isn't going to be a huge upgrade, so i might be better of going with a new machine.

    Would you all agree?

    Personally, I'd find a used Q6600 (2.4) for about $130, and pinmod it to 3.0
    Look there's one now;
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productList&Q=547917&A=buyUsed

    Pinmod
  8. Anandtech had 2 q6600 cpus in their for sale forum for $130 or less. Make an offer; you might get one for close to $100. Lots of folks need cash this time of year.
  9. I tend to avoid used computer parts. No warranty, no knowing how they were kept/treated/overclocked and the price usually isn't amazing compared to new stuff. Just my 2 cents though.
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