The motherboard I have is the one that came with my e521. It apparently has an AM2 socket and the only quad core I could find that might fit is the amd phenom ii x4 940 which can fit in an AM2+ socket. Before I actually purchase the processor, i'd like to make sure this processor will be able to fit in without problems. Can anyone confirm this? The reason for this is because my old cpu is bottlenecking my ati radeon 4850 and limiting my fps when it comes to gaming.
And also, is my 420 watt antec enough for both this processor and the ati radeon 4850?
"AMD confirmed that AM2 processors will work on AM2+ motherboards and AM2+ processors will work on AM2 motherboards. However, the operation of AM2+ processors on AM2 motherboards will be limited to the specifications of Socket AM2 (1 GHz HyperTransport 2.0, and one power plane for both cores and the IMC). AM2 processors do not benefit from the faster HyperTransport 3.0 and separate power planes on AM2+ motherboards."
I may be wrong (I'm more Intel knowledgeable), but he's wanting to use a Phenom II 940, which I understand needs a AM2+, at minimum, for a socket. I didn't think Phenom II's worked in AM2 sockets. His board is only AM2, not AM2+.
I doubt that either that Dell's power supply or the voltage regulators on the motherboard could handle a Phenom II. I would go with a low power Brisbane but only after checking to see if it is on the motherboards cpu support list.
Newegg has a 5600 X2 Brisbane for $55 that only draws 65w.
I'll just take 1gig of ram from my e521 and my ati radeon 4850 and put it in that. They're both ddr2, so it should work right? Or should I spend more for ddr3?
In order for the memory to run in dual channel mode, it needs to be a matching kit in the slots. That board only has two slots for the RAM, so the memory you put in those two slots has to be matching. Is that true of your current 1GB of RAM?
You don't want to do that. The memory will only run in single channel mode, which is slower than dual channel. Try and pick a model that has 2GB as two 1GB sticks. You're not saving any real money by moving your old memory over.