Please forgive my lack of knowledge in the world of hardware, but I can't seem to figure this out. I have an HP p6210t with an MS-7525 Boston Mobo (no actual board name came from CPU-z) and I'd like the upgrade the CPU from a Dual Core E5300 to a Core 2 Duo E8400. The HP website here says the motherboard won't support the E8XXX series. HOWEVER, the motherboard apparently has a G31 Express Chipset. This link to the Intel site says that there are 2 compatible G31 boards for the E8400. Are either of these boards the MS-7525 Boston?
Does this info have anything to do with my question?
I would never recommend upgrading a mass produced PC. You'll see why and this is from my personal experience.
I used to own a SR5548F and I bought a E7500 Core 2 Duo [2.93Ghz] to replace the E2200 [2.2Ghz]. I called customer service and they assured me the CPU was 100% compatible with my motherboard. What they didn't tell me was that the nameless motherboard [only code named] was so cheap that it capped the CPU speed @ 2.4ghz [per core]. I was devastated when I realized this because my E7500 would never reach full working potential on that board.
Mass produced [pre-built] PCs usually uses very cheap mass produced motherboards. This is clearly reflected in terms of performance. i.e usually caps your CPU speed because it cannot operate faster. Meaning, no matter how fast a CPU you get; it will never achieve faster speeds than the speed cap the motherboard poses.
Figure 1: Motherboard top view
•Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
◦Northbridge chipset: Intel G31 Express
◦Southbridge chipset: Intel ICH7
•Memory sockets: 2 x DDR2
•Front side bus speeds: 1333/1066/800 MHz
•Processor socket: 775
◦1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
◦2 PCI Express x1 slots
◦1 PCI slot
•For more details, see Boston motherboard specifications .
Socket type: 775
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
•Core 2 Duo E7xxx (Wolfdale-M)
•Core 2 Duo E4x00 (Conroe)
•Pentium E2xxx series (Conroe)
•Celeron Dual Core E1xx0 series (Conroe)
•Celeron 4xx series (Conroe)