Does the old Dell Dimension 5100 Bios (Pheonix A01 on a Dell-0J8885 Motherboard) support a dual core CPU? I would like to upgrade the cpu, but am unsure if the BIOS would recognize and be compatible with a dual core. There dont seem to be any recent BIOS updates offered by DELL, and I have never replaced a CPU/flashed the bios before so I am wary. Thanks in advance!
Alot of those links we're pretty interesting and helpful to some extent but they don't really answer my question as to the software compatibility of my system with a dual core chip (the E5500 specificially). I know that the cpu socket is a LGA775 and thus the dual core CPU I selected will be fit into the motherboard, but I do not know if the BIOS on the motherboard support dual core CPUs since it is a rather old board and the BIOS have not been updated in a long time and DELL isnt offering any future updates.
Any idea how I could go about finding this out without installing the CPU and seeing if the BIOS freak out on me?
I just did mine
Went from a Pentium D 945 3.4ghz to a Core2Duo E4300 1.8ghz in a Dell Optiplex 745
The C2D at 1.8ghz outperforms the 3.4ghz Pentium D
I looked up the 5100 and WILL not do Core 2 Duos
If you can find a Pentium D at a higher speed real CHEAP (no more than 30-40 USD)
possibly on Ebay used with a good Dead on Arrival (DOA) policy (30 days is good)
then go for it.
Really should consider getting new system.
I am on a TIGHT budget and picked up the Optiplex 745 for $75 USD used on Craigslist
It now has E4300,2gb ram,250gb sata II HD,Sapphire 1gb 4650 video card for total cost of $135 USD.
What I am saying is avoid putting too much into the 5100.
If you want to upgrade dont go over $75 USD total or otherwise you can start to look around for used systems.
Thank you very much for help, I'll look into seeing if I can find one of the Pentium D's at a higher speed for a reasonable price. I was afraid that it might indeed be the case that the 5100 would not support dual core CPUs.