Can I upgrade a duel core to a core 2 duo?

I currently have an E2200 duel core processor at 2.2ghz, running on a Dell Inspiron 518. I wish to upgrade it to an E8400 core 2 duo processor. They both share the same socket type. Is there anything else I need to take into consideration before purchasing and upgrading?

I also intend on upgrading my psu from a 300watt to a 450watt also. Ive been told that having a better psu will allow me to get more juice out of my processor.
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  1. I would suggest checking which motherboard you have installed in your PC. I use CPUz to find out CPU / Mobo / RAM details. You can download CPUz for free.

    Once you have the maker and model number of the motherboad check on the manufacturers website which CPU's you can use - you should be ok but will more than likely need to update the BIOS
  2. blartman said:
    I currently have an E2200 duel core processor at 2.2ghz, running on a Dell Inspiron 518. I wish to upgrade it to an E8400 core 2 duo processor. They both share the same socket type. Is there anything else I need to take into consideration before purchasing and upgrading?

    I also intend on upgrading my psu from a 300watt to a 450watt also. Ive been told that having a better psu will allow me to get more juice out of my processor.

    Whether you can upgrade to an E8400 depends on your MB and therefore please provide the model number of your MB.

    BTW, E8400 is overpriced and Q8400 is much better with less cost at Newegg.

    E8400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
    Q8400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115057
  3. andy5174 said:
    Whether you can upgrade to an E8400 depends on your MB and therefore please provide the model number of your MB.

    BTW, E8400 is overpriced and Q8400 is much better with less cost at Newegg.

    E8400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
    Q8400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115057



    Thank you for those links by the way. :)

    My mother board manufacturer is Dell
    The model is 0K068D Chipset Intel P35/G33/G31

    Bios version 1.0.8
    Pci express link width x16 max supported x16

    I took this info from CPU-Z that I downloaded.
  4. blartman said:
    Thank you for those links by the way. :)

    My mother board manufacturer is Dell
    The model is 0K068D Chipset Intel P35/G33/G31

    Bios version 1.0.8
    Pci express link width x16 max supported x16

    I took this info from CPU-Z that I downloaded.

    Are you sure?

    According to my experience, branded computer all use Intel MB.
  5. andy5174 said:
    Are you sure?

    According to my experience, branded computer all use Intel MB.



    Im pretty sure. Do you need my service tag number?
  6. Do you have CPU-Z? Download it if you don't.

    What does it show in the Model section of Mainboard tab in CPU-Z?
  7. andy5174 said:
    Do you have CPU-Z? Download it if you don't.

    What does it show in the Model section of Mainboard tab in CPU-Z?



    I downladed CPU Z and it says my model is 0K068D
  8. fine....

    I have no idea then because I can't find the specification of your MB.
  9. andy5174 said:
    fine....

    I have no idea then because I can't find the specification of your MB.



    No prob I guess. Thanks for trying to help though. :)
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