Upgrade Dell Dimension 5100 CPU
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!
dell support -http://support.dell.com/support/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs
list of core 2 cpus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_microprocessors
psu calculator (very handy when upgrading components)
A guide to installing a LGA775 socket cpu if that is what you have
list of intel chipsets
Everest home edition link (tells you about your hardware)
Here is a few links I have found handy
While you read thru them write down specific questions you have and post those questions on this thread
I will then do my best to help
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?
well take a look at this link:
hope that link works- the dell support one on prior post didnt
Let me try again
The THG thread didnt %100 answer the question but it is some good info
I will keep digging
Ok after some digging the best CPU that could POSSIBLY work
is the Pentium 965 EE
also look at this
Or it looks like you can use a Pentium D (primitive dual core-two P4 cpus together on one chip essentially)
this is a guide to installing LGA775 cpus
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.