Which CPU can i get?

Hey guys,
I have a dell dimension e520 with a pentium d 2.8ghz procesor and i want to upgrade it but i don't know which ones will work! so i really need your help guys!
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  1. You can use any one of these processors:

    Intel® Pentium® 4
    Intel® Pentium® D
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo

    Here is the Service Manual: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime520/en/SM_EN/index.htm
  2. According to the specs, you can upgrade to a Core 2 Duo (dual core)
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime520/en/SM_EN/specs.htm
  3. Best choice is core 2 due as compare to Pentium 4 and D.
  4. Whats do u use it for ?? a C2D 7500 is generally best for u(nothing as will support higher then that)
    but i highly recommend u to upgrade the CPU/Motherboard/Ram there is no point in upgrading a ''DEAD SOCKET'' u can get a Cheap AMD rig set up under $200 which will preform much much better then the 8600
    here check this out
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115056
    were as u can get these in just 30$ more

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652

    ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ $58
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131728

    Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Mhz $14
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139640

    go for a decent cooler of ur choice i recommend a

    (optional)
    Sunbeam 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler $12
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207006

    So total is around $160
    And ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ being a Am3+ socket u can upgrade with the upcoming the bulldozer series later if u want :p
  5. dont know about England might be cheaper tooo
  6. So It seems my choices are:
    A) Buy an Intel cpu
    B) Buy a newer AMD Motherboard and CPU. however if i do this i will need a ddr2 mothermoard because i already have 4gb of ddr2 ram.
    I have a Budget of £100 at the most. What do you guys think I should do?

    I thought you guys might need some more info about my pc.
    450W Power supply
    Radeon 6670 Graphics card.
  7. InderHouse said:
    So It seems my choices are:
    A) Buy an Intel cpu
    B) Buy a newer AMD Motherboard and CPU. however if i do this i will need a ddr2 mothermoard because i already have 4gb of ddr2 ram.
    I have a Budget of £100 at the most. What do you guys think I should do?

    I thought you guys might need some more info about my pc.
    450W Power supply
    Radeon 6670 Graphics card.

    If you want to stay within budget, it would probably be best to spend the money on a better graphics card if you are into gaming. The move from the dual core Pentium D 820 to a Core 2 Duo processor would be an improvement, but the move from the HD 6670 to, say a HD 6850, would be a much bigger improvement if you want to game with the machine.
  8. The thing is:My current graphics card is bieng bottlencked my my cpu so improving the graphics card seems like a waste of money.
  9. well I think you the best think you can do is compare with the other processor or would suggest you to go fro intel@ core 2 dual
  10. InderHouse said:
    The thing is:My current graphics card is bieng bottlencked my my cpu so improving the graphics card seems like a waste of money.


    How do you know the CPU is bottlenecking the GPU? And how much, or how little? Hearsay? A dual core processor running at 2.8GHZ with a 800MHZ FSB isn't your weak link in gaming. The Graphics card is. The GPU and supporting chips on the card do all the work. The CPU simply has to be fast enough to keep up with the frame buffers the card readies for it. Even if you could put a quad core in the machine, the HD 6670 would still be the weak link. In gaming it's ALL about the graphics card.

    I put together a budget gaming machine for my grandson with some used components I had. A (2.66MHZ dual core) C2D E6700 with a 800MHZ FSB and DDR2 800 RAM, and installed a HD 5770. He can play any modern game at 1680x1050 at near max settings, with all/most of the eye candy turned on.
  11. Thats a valid point. But i really just want my computer to be faster, gaming isnt as important.
  12. I'm not sure how long you've been actually using that PC, but it seems like a very old motherboard there. I have a feeling your motherboard maybe coming to an end, so I would recommend you to maybe do a bigger upgrade, but C2D is best upgrade option stated above :)
  13. Intel® Core™ 2 Duo

    Don't spend money updating anything else. When you go to a CPU rated higher than this one, you will start a chain of events including updating the PSU, then comes the heatsink. Eventually, the case will be the only recognizable part of the old setup.
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